A vehicle synonymous with the beatnik and hippie movements of the 1960s and 70s, production of the Volkswagen Kombi campervan is coming to an end after over 6 decades.
The final Kombi rolls out of the Anchieta Plant at Sao Bernando do Campo, near Sao Paulo, today following changes to safety legislation in Brazil that now requires all vehicles to be fitted with ABS brakes and driver and passenger airbags – something not possible with the 63 year old Kombi.
Over 3.5 million of the vehicles have been built in that time – 1.5 million of those in Brazil – and to mark the conclusion of their production VW have produced 1,200 Last Edition models that are sure to be highly sought after.
However there is a potential reprieve for the Kombi, as Brazil’s finance minister Guido Mantega will investigate whether a special exemption can be made for the a vehicle whose original design simply doesn’t allow for the inclusion of modern safety features.
“If any official change in the law is upheld, Volkswagen will evaluate the possibility of continuing the production of the Kombi,” read an official statement from VW.
So perhaps it isn’t quite time to hang up the tie-dye after all.
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