The VW Santana is going to be put of production in 2012 according to VW. The Santana, which has made it to the current Santana 3000 guise has sold an impressive 3213710 models since the first CKD produced Santana rolled off the line in 1983.
China’s love for the Santana has not seen the Santana change radically in all of its years, SAIC-VW even made a their own MPV off the Santana, without VW Germanys knowledge. The MPV never made it to production, but it showed that SAIC did have the engineering know how to make a large MPV years before VW made their VW Sharon.
VW doesnt plan on letting the Santana go quietly, they have an agressive plan of selling 86572 Santanas in 2009 62640 in 2010ã€48438 in 2011ã€and 30437 in 2012.
The majority of Santana sales in recent years have arguably been to fleet sales, especially as taxi use. Its basic, yet fool proof interior and roomy rear leg room has made it a popular alternative to the cramped VW Jetta taxis, CCT has spent many an hour in Santana taxis, and plenty of romantic late night kisses on the back seat, and also in the important role of taking me home when I was too drunk to drive. I might just buy a Santana for old times sake.
Still, some people say if you take all the Santana’s off the road tomorrow, then China’s car accident rate will fall substantially.