The Phaeton, launched in summer 2003, was Volkswagen’s first large luxury saloon sitting alongside the Touareg as part of the brand’s representation in the luxury class. The hand-crafted, elegant saloon was available in short wheel base and long wheel base variants, and featured all the little extra special touches you might expect from a luxury executive car. The Phaeton was designed from conception to set benchmark standards in its class, and to this end, sophisticated technology is a major facet of the vehicle. It was engineered to the highest standards, surpassing its key competitors in several areas when it launched. Orders for the Phaeton have now closed and new Phaeton is being developed for launch in 2017, although introduction to the UK market is not yet confirmed.