Volkswagen has decided to discontinue production of the iconic sedan – Santana. Reported by Reuters.
Note that the Volkswagen Santana has been rolling off the assembly lines since 1983. It was the first car in the history of the German concern produced in China.
So, the first batch of cars was assembled from 100 car sets received from Germany. Three years later, the 10,000th copy of the model rolled off the production line, and by the mid-1990s, the Santana localization level reached 90%. To date, more than 6 million Volkswagen Santana vehicles have been assembled in China. In the 90s, the car became the most important Volkswagen model and a symbol of China’s economic growth.
The latest generation model, based on the Skoda Rapid chassis, has been produced since 2012. The sedan is available with 1.4- and 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engines developing 90 and 110 hp. respectively. Transmissions – 5-speed “mechanics” or 6-band “automatic”. In addition, the Santana is available with a 1.3-liter 131-horsepower turbo engine and a DSG “robot”. The Volkswagen Santana will not have a successor.
Interestingly, Santana is not the only model to leave the assembly line of the Volkswagen-SIAC joint venture. According to Reuters, the plant will also complete the assembly of the Skoda Rapid and the current version of the Tharu crossover. Representatives of the brand said that they decided to abandon Santana in favor of crossovers: for example, the released capacity of the plant will be used to assemble the T-Cross and the restyled Tharu.