New Volkswagen Santana Gets Launched in China

In an effort to distance itself from the image of ‘the manufacturer with the old cars’, VW has been slowly phasing out all its very old models, still in production. While most of their cars have a ‘shelf life’ of about six years, Volkswagen’s Santana sedan for the Chinese market had been on sale in the People’s Republic since 1982.
VW Santana 1 photo
Now, after three decades and over four million units sold, VW has finally decided that it’s time for it to be replaced. The car replacing it is an all-new machine, built by VW’s Chinese joint venture, Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, is a typical-looking sedan, which offers a lot of interior space and a rather large boot, at 480 liters.

The exterior is a simplified and toned down interpretation of VW’s current styling language, and the car gets a slew of modern features, this car’s predecessor could have only dreamt of, including front, side and curtain airbags, ESP, air-con, leather upholstery, as well as parking sensors.

Powering the new Santana is powered by a set of new naturally-aspirated petrol engines, displacing 1.4 and 1.6 liters. The former puts out 90 hp, and is good for a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.9 l/100km, while the larger unit has a power output of 110 hp, and uses 6 l/100km, on average.


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