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Cannot be said that its like Jetta or not because, once if the model design has been fixed then I think that, after this decision, the company announces the launching date of the car. However I am not confident about this thing, but I also think that the model will hardly changed now.
 

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VW creates budget saloon for China
Two joint ventures are set to build affordable compact saloon models based on Skoda Rapid underpinnings

by Greg Kable
10 August 2012


Volkswagen is preparing to launch its own saloon version of the new Skoda Rapid/Seat Toledo, a vehicle that should go on to become one of its best sellers.

However, the new price-leading VW will not be sold in the UK, having being conceived to be produced and sold exclusively in China. Confusingly, it will be built under two different names and joint ventures.

The new saloon (adapted from a hatchback in Europe) will replace the archaic Santana 3000 Vista and Jetta Mk2 models.

It will be assembled by VW’s Chinese joint ventures Shanghai-VW and FAW-VW.

The Shanghai-VW-produced model will be called the Santana and the FAW-VW car will be badged Jetta.

Both are underpinned by a heavily reworked version of the Polo’s PQ25 platform with a more rugged torsion beam rear axle to cope with China’s unique road conditions.

While the pair share the same mechanical package and some common steel body panels, they are differentiated from one another by differing headlamps, bumpers, bonnet, door handles and tail-lamps.

The prototypes pictured here were driven by Autocar in a recent validation test in and around the Chinese city of Chengdu, where FAW-VW will produce the Jetta at the rate of up to 1200 per day.

The more basic Santana will be built at a Shanghai-VW factory on the outskirts of Shanghai.

Petrol engines include a 1.4 with 89bhp and a 1.6 with 109bhp. Transmissions include a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.

The new saloons will be revealed later this year at the Guangzhou motor show. Their arrival will take VW’s saloon offerings to seven in China, a market where saloon sales dominate. Indeed, China’s 10 best-selling cars in 2012 so far are all saloons.

The new Santana still won’t spell an end to the 27-year-old original, though; VW R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed that it will continue to be built in reduced numbers, mainly for taxi fleets.
Source: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/vw-creates-budget-saloon-china
 

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Second generation of successful Volkswagen model in China launches as an entirely remade car

Wolfsburg, 30 October 2012, With nearly four million units sold, the Volkswagen Santana is one of the most successful models in China. The notchback saloon maintains a greater presence on Chinese roads than any other car.

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 VW Santana is a synonym for the quality of the brand and its tradition.

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 Volkswagen Santana is available in the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline versions.

The Volkswagen Santana is powered exclusively by naturally-aspirated four-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 66 kW / 90 PS and has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.9 l/100 km, while the 1.6-litre has 81 kW / 110 PS 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 per cent.

The world debut of the new VW Santana took place in a premiere celebration at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, which is the development site for the first Santana. The new Santana was revealed in the presence of Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.

The new Volkswagen Santana is produced in China at Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive.
 
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