Saturday, July 16, 2005

Phaeton W12 increases in output and registrations in Europe

Text from Volkswagen AG.
*Phaeton W12 increases output from 420 to 450 hp
New Phaeton registrations up 20 per cent in Europe

Wolfsburg, 12 July 2005 - The Phaeton W12 has become even more powerful: the top Volkswagen model now generates 331 kW (450 hp). New registrations of the luxury saloon also made significant strides in Germany and Europe.

The power output of the new Phaeton W12 has been boosted by 22 kW (30 hp) by means of internal engine modifications. At the same time, maximum torque has increased from 550 to 560 Nm, and is now available from just 2,750 rpm instead of the previous 3,000 rpm. This means that the overall drive characteristics have again become more refined.

As well as the twelve-cylinder engine, V6 and V8 petrol engines and V6 and V10 turbodiesel engines are available for the Phaeton. All engine versions of the saloon come as standard with permanent four-wheel drive (4MOTION).

According to the German Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Drivers (KBA), new Phaeton registrations between January and May increased by 27.3 per cent compared with the same period last year. The increase in May compared with the previous year was as high as 38.4 per cent. The positive trend is being mirrored in Europe as a whole, where sales until the end of May were up by 20 per cent.

Worthwhile knowledge on the technical basis of the engine of the Phaeton W12: Volkswagen AG – with the Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Volkswagen brands – is the world’s leading supplier of twelve-cylinder engines. With 6,587 W12 models sold in Western Europe, North America and Japan, the Group was 30 per cent ahead of its nearest competitor in 2004.

*Note: The following specifications are not available in North America.

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