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    Thread: A Photo Tour of the Transparent Factory in Dresden [TOC, Photos done]

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      11-04-2005 04:28 PM #51
      That is too funny - see if you can get a picture of it, and either post it here, or email it to me and I will post it - it would be a real classic if we could have that on our forum...
      Michael

    2. 12-21-2005 04:03 AM #52
      Wow that is awesome. This story is on digg now so its gonna get hella attention.
      I thought the phaeton was being discontinued? Must be more popular in europe than here in the states, I have only seen one outside of a dealership.

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      12-21-2005 04:22 AM #53
      Volkswagen of America will no longer import the Phaeton to North America effective the end of February 2006. However, Phaeton production continues in Dresden for all other markets, and the Phaeton is continuing to sell well (and show year over year sales growth) in the European market.
      Michael

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      12-21-2005 01:25 PM #54
      LOL...Vortex on digg.

    5. 12-21-2005 01:49 PM #55
      This post got linked off of http://www.boingboing.net... poor picture hostings sites

    6. 12-22-2005 03:05 PM #56
      Wow! Fabulous photos of an amazing building.
      Thank you.
      Very positive review by the Guardian's architectural correspondent from 2002
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts....html
      and this is the architects' web site, they've done a lot of work for other parts of the VAG group
      http://www.henn.de/default.asp...ng=EN

    7. 12-23-2005 01:43 AM #57
      Quote, originally posted by uscfan »
      Wow that is awesome. This story is on digg now so its gonna get hella attention.

      My best friend follows sites like that and sent me this link... I was like, "What are you doing on the Vortex? That's my job!"
      Awesome thread as usual, Michael. I actually had not seen that level of detail and description into the Factory yet. Incredible.

    8. 12-26-2005 12:22 AM #58
      I love that place. You could eat off the floors in that factory! Now that is the proper way to do it. Only in Germany...

    9. 12-26-2005 01:11 PM #59
      The floors are Canadian Maple...used for fire retardantcy and sound deadening.
      I can not wait until May when I'll get to see it in person.
      ~PC

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      12-27-2005 05:52 AM #60
      Quote, originally posted by PanEuropean »
      That is too funny - see if you can get a picture of it, and either post it here, or email it to me and I will post it - it would be a real classic if we could have that on our forum...
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      12-27-2005 11:58 AM #61
      Wow - I don't know if that is the result of chutzpah or stupidity on Nissan's part.
      Michael

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      12-27-2005 11:59 AM #62
      chutzpah

    13. 12-27-2005 12:06 PM #63
      Calling all intellectual property lawyers...Wow, talk about a SNAFU...
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      Modified by PhaetonChix at 2:56 PM 12-29-2005

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      12-29-2005 05:38 AM #64
      A better photo:

      ... and these are the people who sued Audi for using "Q" on their SUV model name.
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    15. 12-29-2005 03:11 PM #65
      Looks like the kids in the CL are on to the Transparent Factory too.
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2361838

      Please note GDJ's comments about the Bentleys in the storage tower.
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      01-22-2006 08:03 PM #66
      I just spent a good 1/2 hour reading, with interest, this thread. Beautiful!
      My question is, what will they build in that building, now that the Phaeton has been killed?

    17. 01-22-2006 08:49 PM #67
      I live about fifteen minutes from where the Nissan Armada is built. I know why they would show a VW factory instead of their own.

    18. 01-22-2006 09:18 PM #68
      Quote, originally posted by 2002turboS »
      I just spent a good 1/2 hour reading, with interest, this thread. Beautiful!
      My question is, what will they build in that building, now that the Phaeton has been killed?

      They still sell the Phaeton in Europe, Asian and South Africa.
      ~PC

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      01-22-2006 09:32 PM #69
      Quote, originally posted by 2002turboS »
      My question is, what will they build in that building, now that the Phaeton has been killed?

      As PC pointed out above, the Phaeton has not been killed. VW of America has decided not to import it into the USA and Canada anymore. The Phaeton is still selling well in other world markets, notably Europe. Life continues in Dresden, and so does car production...
      As of January 2006, both Phaetons and Bentley Continental Flying Spurs are being built in the Transparent Factory in Dresden. There have been numerous rumors that the Porsche Panamera (a 4 door Porsche) may also be built there in the future.
      Michael
      PS: Interesting to note the number of views of this thread - it has reached over 200,000 views now. Hopefully, perhaps one out of every thousand people who has viewed this post might have decided to buy a Phaeton...

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      01-22-2006 09:57 PM #70
      I'm glad to hear that it will still be built, but sad that it won't be offered in the US.
      Now, I have another question. If and when I win the lottery, will I be able to import one to me?

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      01-22-2006 11:17 PM #71
      Quote, originally posted by 2002turboS »
      If and when I win the lottery, will I be able to import one to me?

      It would probably take all the money you won in the lottery to get a MY 2007 Phaeton accepted for registration in the USA, because VW themselves will not be doing the emissions approval for the MY 2007 Phaetons. In practice, this means you will have to content yourself with finding a nice 2004, 2005 or 2006 Phaeton that has already been imported into the USA by VW of America.
      Michael

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      02-18-2006 10:09 PM #72
      I know this is an old thread, but I just now sat down and read through the whole thing.
      Absolutely stunning. I would love to see this factory in person sometime. It resembles anything BUT a car manufacturing plant. Hopefully the attention to detail given to Phaeton production will, at some point, rub off on the rest of VW's products.

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      02-24-2006 12:09 PM #73
      The light fittings at the Transparent factory are by Siteco (a German lighting company owned by JP Morgan). I know this because one of their guys just showed me a publicity brochure with pictures of their floodlights aimed upwards and reflecting off mirrors above the Phaeton production line. He said he had never seen one since so I was able to prove they do exist.
      William

    24. 04-09-2006 02:59 PM #74
      That is an impressive car plant! Fantastic pics. When I visited the Geneva motorshow I left saying to myself, (like each year...) if I could drive off with one car from the show, what would it be? This year it was definetly the Phaeton. I never really had a propper look, but the W12 that was in the VW stand was most impressive. Definetly the nicest car in the show, and definetly a car I would buy if i needed a bigger car.
      Sorry for posting in an old thread, Im new to the forum and Im just lurking arround...lots of great info!
      best,
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      08-12-2006 09:26 PM #75
      Was this ever a vortex feature story? It SHOULD be.....

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