Saturday, January 5, 2013

Volkswagen Phaeton


The Volkswagen Phaeton (F-segment in Europe) luxury sedan/saloon manufactured by German automaker Volkswagen, described by Volkswagen as their "premium class" vehicle. Introduced at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, the Phaeton is marketed worldwide.
The name Phaeton derives from Phaeton, the son of Phoebus (or Helios) in Greek mythology, by way of the phaeton auto body style and the type of horse-drawn carriage that preceded it.
The Phaeton was conceived by Ferdinand Piech, then chairman of Volkswagen Group. Piech wanted Volkswagen engineers to create a car that would surpass the German prestige market leaders, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The decision to release the Phaeton was, in part, a response to Mercedes' decision to compete directly with Volkswagen in the European marketplace with the low-cost A-Class. It was also intended to support the Volkswagen brand image, since the most expensive versions of lesser models, such as the Golf GTI, were starting to cost almost as much as equivalently-sized prestige brands. Although the Volkswagen group already has a direct competitor in the full-sized luxury segment, the Audi A8, the Phaeton is intended to be more of a comfort-oriented limousine like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS, while the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series are more sport-oriented. 
Initial development of the Phaeton, given the internal project code VW611, began with Piech giving his engineers a list of ten parameters the car needed to fulfill. Most of these specifications were not made known to the public, but a number of them were told to automotive reporters. One of them was that the Phaeton should be capable of being driven all day at 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph) with an exterior temperature of 50 °C (122 °F) whilst maintaining the interior temperature at 22 °C (72 °F). Piech requested this even though the Phaeton's top speed was electronically limited to 250 kilometers per hour (155.3 mph). Another requirement was that the car should possess torsional rigidity of 37,000 N·m/degree.
The Phaeton's platform, the Volkswagen Group D1 platform, is shared with the Bentley Continental GT and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Certain systems, such as the automatic transmission and some engines, are also shared with the Audi A8. The D1 is a stand-alone steel platform specifically developed for the Phaeton and Bentley Continental and not to be confused with Audi's all-aluminium D3 platform. Compared to the Audi A8L 4.2 FSI quattro, the Phaeton is 545 pounds heavier but is still competitive with the lighter A8 in most driving tests, due to the Phaeton's increased engine power (335 hp versus 330) and a shorter axle ratio (3.65:1 versus 3.32). However, the weight gives the Phaeton considerably worse acceleration and poorer fuel economy compared to the A8.
As of 2011, the Phaeton has the longest wheelbase in the Volkswagen passenger car line.
The 2011 model year car gets a new front fascia to more closely resemble the current Volkswagen styling direction, first seen on the Golf Mk VI. (Note: the front will not be in black like the Golf, but in chrome.) This includes new LED running lights, bi-xenon headlights and a new bumper with LED fog lights. The rear LED clusters have been altered as well to mimic those found on the recently face lifted Touran, Sharan, and new Touareg. The interior benefits from some new technologies as well, but retains the 2009 MY layout. The Phaeton will have two different versions: a normal wheelbase and long wheelbase. The Phaeton will also offer a five-seat layout or an optional four-seat layout. In the five-seat version, the front seats can be adjusted 12 ways. It will have standard features like all-wheel drive, air suspension, and four-zone automatic climate control. It will also have a multi function steering wheel that can be ordered in leather or wood-leather.


Name : Phaeton
Car Body Type : Sedan
Segment : D+ Segment
Top Speed : 240


Displacement : 3597 cc, V6
Engine Type : Petrol
Maximum Power : 280 Bhp @ 6250 rpm
Maximum Torque : 370 Nm @ 3500 rpm


Airbag : 8
Parking Sensors : Yes
Fog Lamp : Yes
Traction Control : No
EBD : Yes
ABS : Yes
ESP : Yes
Rear Seat Belts : 2


AC : AC (with Dual Zone Climate Control)
Power Windows : Yes
Central Locking : Remote
Remote Boot : Yes
Remote Fuel Filler : Yes
Rear Wiper : Yes
Rear Defogger : Yes
Rear Armrest : With Cup Holder
Steering Adjustment (Rake/Reach) : Yes/Yes
Driver Seat Adjustment : Electric
Music System : Dash Integrated Music System
Leather Seats : Yes
Door Mirror : Both Side Electric
Tinted Glass : Yes
Rear AC Vent : Yes
Folding Rear Seats : No
Sun Roof : Yes
Buttons/Controls on Steering : Yes
Auto Viper : Yes
Auto Headlamp : Yes


Seating Capacity : 5
Tyre Size : (235/55 R17
Suspension : No
Boot Space : 500.00 ltrs.
Steering : Tilt
Brakes : Front Ventilated, Rear Disk
Gears : 6 Automatic
Kerb Weight : 2200.00 kgs.
Fuel Tank : 90.00
Body Color Bumpers : Yes
Tachometer : Yes
Alloys : Yes
ORVM Indicator : Yes
Xenon Headlamps : Yes
Trip Meter : 2
Headlamp Washer : No

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