Passat was launched in 1981, and before the year had ended, license-built
versions were already being made by Nissan for the Japanese market. As with
other markets that had license-built cars rather than VW-built ones, the sedan
version of the car was called the Santana, while the wagon was called the
Quantum. VW-built cars were made in Mexico and Argentina, which went by the
names Corsar and Carat respectively.
Cars built locally from knock-down kits
were being made in China as early as 1982, but it was in 1984 that the real
story of the Santana as its own model begins.