Thursday, June 12, 2008

VW Santanas are the most popular taxis @ Shanghai

Most popular taxis in Shanghai ... the VW Santana! describes this vehicle best ...
Besides Chinese people and hazy air, the most common sight in Shanghai simply has to be Volkswagen Santana taxis. Based on the B2 Passat, the Chinese Santana is essentially a long-wheelbase Quantum, filling roughly the same role in PRC society that the Crown Victoria does in the US. In '91, the Santana was upgraded to Santana 2000 spec, and the Santana 3000 (the first car to be developed by Shanghai Volkswagen) followed in '04.

ps. Doesn't this look a LOT like the Malaysian Chevrolet Optra ... hmm. Another GM rebranding exercise!

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