The Volkswagen Phaeton was an ambitious luxury car produced by the German automaker Volkswagen from 2002 to 2016. It was designed to compete with other luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. The Phaeton was notable for its advanced engineering, luxurious interior, and refined driving experience. However, it faced challenges in the market due to its high price and the perception that a luxury car from Volkswagen might lack prestige compared to other brands. Despite its impressive features, the Phaeton struggled to gain traction in key markets like the United States and was eventually discontinued in 2016.