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Old 19th December 2012, 15:33   #1
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Here are the pics of the Volkswagen Santana:

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I personally feel the Vento in India looks much better and feels a little stout compared to the Chinese version!

Further Reading - http://indianautosblog.com/2012/12/v...a-launch-57732

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Old 19th December 2012, 15:49   #3
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To me, from the front this looks like the previous generation Jetta. However from the back the resemblance to the current Jetta is undeniable. The tail-light assembly is almost identical.

If this is the Vento's Chinese cousin, it is also equally the Jetta's half-brother!
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To me, from the front this looks like the previous generation Jetta.
Dont insult the previous generation jetta. Only Indigo resembles like previous generation jetta. No offence here. I own the previous generation jetta and have turned my head 100 times to Indica and Indigo with chrome in the grill

The car looks like swift dezire in this color to me. No big difference from the Vento or the new age Jetta.
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The Indian Vento looks much smart-cum-hot IMHO. Just wondering why they gave a german car front to this ride which makes the car look so mature? For China, somehing like Hyundai's (Korean) fluidic front would have made more sense. I hope this never comes to India for obvious reasons .
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I am envious and feel short changed with features on Indian Vento. They manage to provide Front & side curtain airbag, ESP, ABS, Sunroof, Alloy wheels and leather seats all for INR 10.87L for chinese version of Vento. While we have to contend with very basic features!! Not fair..

Although I think Indian vento looks better from front.
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Santana name was used for Passat based sedan cars in some markets like China and some countries in Africa, where sedan's had to be differentiated from the hatchback/fastbacks with a different name.
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Volkswagen Santana launched on the 16th December 2012 in China

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For many years VW santana is being used as Taxi in many provinces in China.
Have a look the specifications as well to decide which market is VW more interested in.


source:
http://chinaautoweb.com/car-models/s...wagen-santana/
http://chinaautoweb.com/2012/11/new-...how-in-pics-6/
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VW naming conventions for chinese car market is totally confusing:

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FAW-Volkswagen (the name of one of VW's two Chinese joint-ventures) will continue to sell the current Jetta for two years, which is a 1984 Mk.2 Jetta and the car that replaces it is called the Santana. Of course, SAIC-VW (Volkswagen's other Chinese joint-venture) still sells Santana, which is a 1981 Mk.2 Passat and its production will not stop for the new Santana. Sharing the same platform as the new Santana (destined for SAIC VW) is the new Jetta (destined for FAW VW), only none of these cars are Jettas, other than the Jetta. The new Jetta and the new Santana are four-door VW Polos, while the current Jetta is a Mk.2 Jetta.

Meanwhile, the actual new Jetta is on sale in China through SAIC VW, it's just called the Lavida. The Mk.6 Jetta is also on sale through FAW VW, it's just called the Sagitar. You can buy the new Passat in China, too. That car is called the Passat, except the old Passat is also on sale as the Passat.

FAW-VW is also getting ready to sell the new Bora, which is what they used to call a Jetta in the rest of the world. This car, naturally, is not a new Jetta, but a facelifted Mk.5 Jetta. Actually, it is a facelifted facelifted facelifted Mk.5. Yes, the upcoming Bora is the facelifted version of the 2010 facelift of the 2008 Bora, which was a facelifted version of the 2005 Mk.5 Jetta, which was known internationally as the Bora.

Interestingly, from 2008 to 2010 FAW-VW continued to sell the Bora while they sold the Bora, the first Bora being a Mk.4 Jetta/Bora and sometimes a Mk.4 Golf (but was not called a Golf, because FAW-VW was already selling a different Golf and the VW Gol at the same time) and the new Bora being the facelifted Mk.5 Jetta/Bora. That's all in the past, though, since production of the old old Bora stopped in 2010 so that FAW-VW could continue to sell the facelifted version of the 2010 Bora, which wasn't the Bora they stopped making in 2010, but the one they started selling in 2008, which was a facelifted 2005 Bora.
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