Volkswagen Arteon etymology: What does its name mean?

The Volkswagen Arteon is a new a fastback “four-door coupe” that replaces the CC and will be Volkswagen’s new global flagship, but where does its name come from?


According to Volkswagen, Art refers to the car’s “harmonious lines and emotionality”, while eon portion ties the car to the range-topping Phideon sedan.

The Phideon is now the company’s largest sedan, but is sold only in China and effectively replaces the poor-selling and much maligned Phaeton.



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