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High demand for the Volkswagen Phaeton in China has given new optimism for its successor.

On the market for 10 years, the Phaeton largely missed sales targets year after year, prompting the model to be cancelled in the U.S. after 2006.

However, that could all change as China has delivered a 50 percent increase in Phaeton sales in the past year. This accounts for Dresden producing 11,166 units, particularly fully loaded long wheel-base models equipped with V6 and V8 gasoline engines. Despite the improvement, it is still far behind the competition.

For the second generation successor due in 2015, the Phaeton will ride on the same MLP (modular longitudinal platform) as the Audi A8 and have design characteristics taken from the Cross Coupe concept.

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.

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