What was once known as the Beetle in the old Federal Republic, was the Santana in China. For many years, the mid-size sedan dominated Chinese streets and was the epitome of the country’s aspiring middle class. After more than three decades, Volkswagen is now terminating the production of the Santana in China. “Customer preferences are gradually shifting away from ICE (internal combustion engine) models with notchbacks towards BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) models and SUVs,” VW announced, according to Reuters. As a result, the joint venture company between Volkswagen AG and SAIC will also end production of the Škoda Rapid and Tharu Sport at its plant in Yizheng. The T-Roc and a revised off-road version of the Tharu are then expected to roll off the production line at the site from 2023. flee
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