Volkswagen transparent factory in Dresden symbolizes quality build of Phaeton
The manufacturing plant in Dresden, though, is as much an impression to visitors as is the car. One would have to see a world’s fair to get such a glimpse of futuristic automotive assembly.
First, regarding the car, the VW Phaeton was first conceived by Ferdinand Piëch, then chairman of Volkswagen Group. Piëch wanted Volkswagen engineers to create a car that would overwhelmingly surpass the German prestige market leaders, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
The car was later introduced at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. For the record, the name Phaeton derives from Phaëton, the son of Phoebus (or Helios) in Greek mythology.
Unique to the car is its phaeton auto body style impressed by the type of horse-drawn carriage that once preceded it.
Regarding the assembly plant in Dresden, Germany, not many realize the degree of technology involved in modern-day automotive manufacturing. Fact is, a local Detroit-area reader, John Bunnel, was astute enough to catch it and forward the following video to me. At first view, I was so impressed that I knew I just had to share it with TorqueNews readers.