VW to End Production of Kombi T2 Van in Brazil SPIEGEL ONLINE — Volkswagen Kombi

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Bye Bye, VW Bus: The End of an Era in Brazil

Only Brazil still the classic 56-year-old VW camper but not for much longer. With a special edition series of the vehicle wrapping up before end, the race is on for those to buy used models.

Some of make rattling and popping while others creak heavily loaded and have age marks. They may be old, but are deeply cherished. New ones can be purchased, but not for much longer, the days of the Volkswagen Bus are numbered in the only place the company produces the vehicle.

Businessman Cardona, 47, gently runs his across a model from the If no one wanted them anymore, I’d understand that, he But people are beating a path to my to get her.

The VW Bus is feminine in Brazil, where the known as the Bulli in Germany, is the A Kombi. There have been rumors about its demise, but now it’s official. In the last VW Type 2 Bus, a classic the world over, roll off the line in Sгo Paulo. because the vehicle is no longer now that Brazil will all new cars to have anti-lock systems (ABS) and airbags in 2014. These features are not feasible in the 56-year-old model, VW say.

Nonsense, says With a little good they could do it. He has already power steering, power reclining seats and air-conditioning in his VW all features the inventors never Cardona operates a company Cia das Kombis in the southern Brazilian of Porto Alegre. He has 34 vehicles in his all available for purchase or rent.

The business is going well and had planned to expand, but now he’s about the future. It’s more difficult to get parts, he VW is carrying the only real car to its grave.

‘Adapted Technology on

The first VW Buses were in a large building near Sгo in 1953. Four years Volkswagen do Brasil began production. Hardly any other in the world has been manufactured for so In Brazil. the VW Bus represented an astonishingly marriage of German engineering and the lifestyle. More than 1.5 have been produced in the where the VW Bus is the bread-and-butter vehicle for generations of small businesses. A new bus 47,000 real, or about ($19,700), making it the most minibus on the market.

VW Buses are ubiquitous at weekly and on construction sites, and they double as mobile kiosks, and even hearses. In Rio de Janeiro, VW Buses travel up and down the of the city’s shantytowns known as and in the Amazon region they are to transport tourists along roads and bring the indigenous back to their villages. a VW bus breaks down, any village with a wrench knows how to get it on the road.

The VW Bus is adapted technology on says Cardona. Like of Brazilians, he too owes his career as a to the VW Bus. Twenty years Cardona bought three buses from a brewery. He one for a profit and rented the other Today his company has a reputation Porto Alegre’s city

A customer recently had a 1966 VW Bus to look like the one her father had. During the day, he the bus to deliver wood for parquet and at night he and his family slept in it, Cardona.

A Fancy ‘Last

Over the decades, Volkswagen has made minor updates to the vehicle. Lights were to replace the old flip-out turn which would occasionally hit in the face when they out of the side of the vehicle. For a few years, the VW Bus just available with the air-cooled boxer engine, but as a diesel. However, the model well-engineered and was quickly taken off the

When new emissions regulations into effect, VW installed a engine. Since then, a radiator grill has marred the front. But the change didn’t its popularity. This year more than 13,000 VW have been built, of them assembled by hand. But don’t have much to from. In Brazil, the VW Bus is only as either a 9-seater or a delivery And it only comes in one color:

As a farewell gesture, VW will a final series of the bus in its former The Last Edition commemorative consisting of only 600 buses, be wearing the skirt and blouse, as the call the legendary luxury from the 1960s and 70s. The will even have on the windows, and the only concession to is an MP3 radio with a USB port. VW charge 85,000 real, or #128;27,000 for the collector’s edition.

is no successor to the VW Bus in sight. Volkswagen has no in its lineup that could approach the Bus in terms of space and For this reason, anyone who a VW Bus today, says Cardona, be paying attention, because for used models are on the rise.

Translated from the German by Sultan

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