The Volkswagen Phaeton is a full-size 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 Phaton, 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 Pich, then chairman of Volkswagen Group. Pich wanted Volkswagen engineers to create a car that would surpass the German prestige market leaders, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
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