New details are starting to emerge about the next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton which could be launched as early as 2015.

New details are starting to emerge about the next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton which could be launched as early as 2015.

According to Motor Trend, the model will retain its slightly odd position as a luxury car for people who don't want to show off. As one source noted, "Volkswagen doesn't change course between generations of a car. It's always easier to keep the customers you have than to lose them and go find new ones."

Additionally, the model is expected to be significantly lighter thanks to the extensive use of aluminum and magnesium. We can also expect smaller engines with forced induction and cylinder deactivation technology. There's also word of a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variant, but nothing is official as of yet.

Note: 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton pictured

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