This car was a clear case of the Volkswagen company’s misjudgment. They built a luxury sedan as a company that specializes in economy models. They used a Bentley Continental platform and big engines, as well as upscale features. But the market wasn’t ready for a brand that gained fame by offering affordable models.
Instead, VW introduced a luxurious land barge. Sadly, the Phaeton failed worldwide despite being a fantastic car. When Volkswagen approved the Phaeton project, they thought they could pull it off. They hoped the Phaeton would become a legitimate competitor to the Mercedes S Class and BMW 7 Series. However, things turned out completely different.