The last Volkswagen Phaeton has rolled off the assembly line at the company’s Transparent Factory in Dresden.
The final model was a black Phaeton 4MOTION which was equipped with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 335 horsepower. The fate of the car remains unclear but the Phaeton was originally introduced 14 years ago to help the brand move upmarket. The model failed to catch on with consumers and it was quickly yanked from the United States lineup.
The decision to end Phaeton production is bad news for employees as approximately 400 of them will be reassigned to work at the company’s Zwickau plant or other Volkswagen Group locations. This is unfortunate but the company’s Board of Management and General Works Council is committed to the continuation of production at the Transparent Factory. As Volkswagen Dresden Works Council Chairman Thomas Aehlig explained, “The production of the highest-quality vehicles should be resumed here under the eyes of customers and visitors in the near future. This is what the workforce and this unique facility deserve.”
In the meantime, Volkswagen will use the Transparent Factory to showcase the brand’s electromobility and digitalization efforts. Beginning on April 8th, visitors will be invited to “experience the future of mobility at close quarters in a playful, interactive and informative way.” Volkswagen declined to elaborate but photos show visitors will be able to sit in a “Drivers-Assistance-Globe” and race cars on the e-Carreratrack.