VW Bus to finally end production after 63 years

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Surprised that Volkswagen is ending production of its classic VW Bus? You thought those went the way of the dodo sometime in the late '70s? The name is actually Volkswagen Kombi in Brazil, where the classic bus has been made uninterrupted for 63 years, only adding a water-cooled engine and the necessary front-mounted radiator about 10 years ago, but the German brand has finally pulled the plug on the venerable workhorse.

In Brazil, Kombis are everywhere. They're used for everything from commercial delivery to weekend camping getaways, but after the 2012 model year it's being pulled from Volkswagen's lineup because it doesn't meet new more stringent safety regulations. The Brazilian government is now requiring all new vehicles to come standard with dual front airbags and anti-lock brakes.

VW hasn't said what it will replace the Kombi with, although the brand offers a variety of passenger and cargo vans in Europe that would easily do the trick, plus a new Kombi design has been shown that would likely appeal to commercial buyers of offered. No modern alternative will be as universally loved as this classic design, however, but without doubt fleet drivers will appreciate the driving experience and modern conveniences of its replacement when it finally arrives.

Interestingly, such a long model run isn't entirely unusual for Volkswagen, having built the original Beetle from 1938 through 2003 in Mexico, and the classic MkI Golf hatchback from 1974 through 2009. It makes a person wonder how long the current Jetta will last?
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Topics: Passenger Van, Volkswagen, VW, Cargo Van, Kombi, Midsize,

Organizations: Volkswagen

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