Global domination
Global domination
Given its success in redesigning the Jetta and Passat for older, more conservative American buyers, Volkswagen takes the next logical step and introduces a new Phaeton styled like the 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88. On the drawing board: modern interpretations of the 1972 Chevrolet El Camino and the 1948 Ford step-side pickup.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 29 2011: 5:20 AM ET
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