The Quantum was dropped in 2002 in Brazil and the Santana would finally be dropped in 2006. The modernization of Volkswagen do Brasil is only now finally complete, with the dropping of the Kombi, a water-cooled version of the old Microbus. But China carried on with the Santana and even introduced a version called the Santana Vista, a China-specific taxi model, in 2008. The B2
Passat was really quite a fun car, but the Santana models weren’t quite up to
that level. All-wheel drive wasn’t offered on these license-built cars, and
neither were the more powerful five-cylinder engines.