So it was expected that December 2013 would mark the end of production for the VW Kombis that are still rolling out of the factory in Brazil. This was due to new safety laws coming into force in Brazil – as they previously had in other countries of production, the last being Mexico in 1995. The new laws include ABS brakes and airbags, which there just isn’t room for in the Kombi and so the only answer was to end production after 63 years!
Brazil’s finance minister, Guido Mantega, is looking at a possible exemption from the new safety regulations that meant the production of the Kombi had to stop. The finance minister is saying that an exception may be made for the VW Kombi because of it’s iconic status and they may allow production to continue. The Kombi is still very popular as a workhorse and is seen being used as a work van all over Brazil.
The factory in Brazil had produced a limited edition of 1,200 to be the last ever Kombis to roll of a production line, anywhere in the world, all in blue and white with a commemorative plaque on the dash, going for a price of £26,000.
Monday (23rd December) will see final decision day and the finance minister will anounce if there is to be a reprieve for the Volkswagen Kombi!
Watch this space, we will keep you updated!