VW Ending Production

December 12, 2013 by  

VW Ending Production, Proud Kombi owners in Brazil – and around the world – are mourning the end of production of the beloved bus, with some van lovers holding an exhibition in Sao Bernado do Campo, Brazil earlier this week to celebrate the unique car culture.

For decades it carried hippies to music festivals and hauled surfboards to the beach, but now production of the iconic Volkswagen Kombi – known affectionately in the U.S. as the “bus” – comes to a halt later this month.

After 62 years, the German automaker will finally stop producing the Kombi on December 20 in Brazil, the last country in the world to manufacture the van and a place where the unique-looking automobile has gained a cult following.

“Without my Kombi, I’d be lost,” Paulo Enrique Veras, a beach vendor in Rio de Janeiro and Kombi owner told the BBC. “I’ve been using it for years and there’s nothing else that can really do the same job.”

Brazil’s environmental and safety regulations – especially those mandating that every vehicle in the country has air bags and anti-lock brakes – have put the proverbial brakes on the Kombi production. But as a farewell gesture of thanks to the Latin American nation, Volkswagen is offering a limited edition Kombi to buyers and collectors.

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