According to Volkswagen AG, the Volkswagen Santana is having nearly 4 million units sold and it is also one of the most successful models in China.
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In the mid-1980s, not only did Volkswagen introduce mobilisation to an entire country with the Santana in China; at the same time, it laid the foundation for a long and sustained partnership with the Chinese automobile industry and a new era of modern carmaking. Today, 29 years later, the Santana is a synonym for the quality of the brand and its tradition.
Moving forward, the new Santana was fully redeveloped with styling that is Volkswagen clear and precise. Its intelligent space concept and 2,603 mm wheelbase create noticeably more knee room at the rear seats, and the car’s boot is spacious with 480 litres of cargo capacity. Safety, comfort and a sophisticated appearance were focal points in its development. Accordingly, its features include such key details as ABS, front, side and head airbags, ESC electronic stabilisation programme, air conditioning or automatic climate control, electric sliding sunroof, alloy wheels, parking sensors and leather upholstery – which are either standard or optional depending on the equipment line. In China, the Santana is available in the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline versions.
The new Volkswagen Santana is powered exclusively by naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engines of the newly developed EA 211 petrol engine series. These innovative aluminium engines – with 16-valve technology and integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head – are distinguished by high efficiency. The 1.4-litre version produces 90 PS (66 kW) and has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.9 l/100 km, while the 1.6-litre has 110 PS (81 kW) and fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km. Compared to the previous model, fuel economy and CO2 emissions were improved by up to 28%.
The world debut of the new Santana took place at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, which is the development site for the first Santana. Lastly, the new Santana will be produced in China at Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive.
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