18 Facts About Volkswagen Santana


Volkswagen Santana is a nameplate used by Volkswagen for various sedans and station wagons since 1983.

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In Europe, the Volkswagen Santana name was dropped in 1985 and the car was sold as a Passat.

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The Volkswagen Santana had been built in China on a small scale trial basis by the Shanghai Tractor Automobile Corporation, predecessor of the SAIC Motor, since 1982.

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The first Volkswagen Santana was assembled in April 1983 by a team from Shanghai Auto.

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Volkswagen Santana signed a contract with STAC, along with the China National Automotive Industry Corporation and the Bank of China to form the Shanghai Volkswagen Santana Automotive joint venture in October 1984.

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The Volkswagen Santana has had a number of updated features added since the original 1983 model.

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Some updated features the Volkswagen Santana has been include with are Bosch electronic fuel injection system, a 5-speed manual, a third brake light, improved back seats, hydraulic clutch, MP3 and CD compatible radios, ABS brakes with electronic brake distribution.

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The Volkswagen Santana 3000 was the first in the Chinese developed Volkswagen Santana series to be available with optional ABS brakes with electronic brake distribution, electronic differential system, a multi function display system, and a sunroof designed by the German Webasto company.

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In January 2008, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive released the Santana Vista and Santana Vista, featuring front and rear visual updates and minor chassis modifications.

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Nonetheless, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive decided to discontinue the Santana in 2012.

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New Volkswagen Santana has been redesigned for more power and a sleeker design.

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The price of the Santana was considerably lower than of imported Volkswagens.

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Nissan's Volkswagen Santana was changed for Japan with a right hand drive wiper layout which, as well as a new linkage mechanism, required a new bonnet pressing as there were recesses in the trailing edge for the wiper pivots.

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In January 1987 the Volkswagen Santana received a facelift, with a new fascia and new larger bumpers.

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In 1991, Volkswagen Santana do Brasil then engaged in a joint venture with Ford called AutoLatina, decided to retain the Passat shaped sedan and wagon instead of building the newer third-generation Passat .

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Under the terms of AutoLatina, this "new" Volkswagen Santana was marketed as the Ford Versailles in Brazil and as the Ford Galaxy in Argentina.

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Volkswagen Santana was launched to the Mexican car market in February 1984 as the all-new Corsar CD.

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In 1984 and 1985, the Corsar was marketed only as 4-door sedan, the same European Volkswagen Santana body, matching the appearance of the US's market version .

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