A Brazilian politician tried to save it, unsuccessfully, so the final Last Edition Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi was produced on December 20, 2013 and now resides in a vintage museum at Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicles HQ in Hanover, Germany.

The Volkswagen Microbus was built for 56 years, starting in September 1957. Brazil was the last country still assembling it, but new safety regulations in the country requiring airbags and ABS on all cars spelled the end. When that politician introduced a bill that would pardon only the 'Bus from a death sentence, it couldn't garner the required number of votes for passage. The South American country takes the Kombi production title, though, with 1.5 million of the 3.5 million total made in the home of Copacabana beach and the girl from Ipanema.

The VW Bus is dead. Now perhaps we can turn our attentions to the still-not-totally-settled matter of the Bulli...


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      imoore
      • 11 Months Ago
      Now that's one cool bus, man.
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      Farewell to a icon.
      ared64gto
      • 11 Months Ago
      I drove a 1968 vw camper from San Diego, CA to Jonesboro, GA 4 times never had a problem!
      bobbylightbryant
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sad that in our free country we can have stuff like this.
        BahamaTodd
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bobbylightbryant
        You're more than welcome (and free) to build your own and register it as a kit car.
          bobbylightbryant
          • 11 Months Ago
          @BahamaTodd
          So when guns are not for sale, I can just build one? You are missing my point. This beautiful vehicle was regulated to extinction. There is a reason they remained so long. They were just really cool andillmiss them.
      neilyadig
      • 11 Months Ago
      So cool that something could manufactured for so long. Same trim pieces, same curtains, same everything pretty much!
      bullitt2605
      • 11 Months Ago
      What a horrible vehicle.
        Lachmund
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bullitt2605
        i thought this was a car enthusiast site?! you definately are no car enthusiast
      knightrider_6
      • 11 Months Ago
      Good riddance. I'm sure this van was "trendy" and iconic in the 70s, but so was this phone http://netdna.webdesignerdepot.com/uploads/cellphone_design/dkmb86g_487pr55s2hc_b.jpg
        Lachmund
        • 11 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        you never, ever have anything positive to say, have you?!
      Edsel
      • 11 Months Ago
      My family owned a 1966 microbus and it was considered a death trap then. Do you think a VW Routan is on display in Volkswagen's museum?
      czwegers
      • 11 Months Ago
      Couldn't they just add ABS and air bags? Maybe that isn't the main safety issue here.
        Guilherme IberĂȘ
        • 11 Months Ago
        @czwegers
        its not just abs and airbags, its also conforming with the latest regulations, like crash zones, fuel consumption, air pollution and so on. The amount of changes needed would skyrocket the price of a already pricey vehicle. it was cheaper for VW to drop the model and bring a replacement.
      KAG
      • 11 Months Ago
      Such a long time on the market, they need a new one like the concept for a decade ago to keep it going.
      jonwil2002
      • 11 Months Ago
      If the VW "New Beetle" has been so popular, how come a 21st century imagining of the VW Bus (with modern touches like airbags and stability control and such) couldn't be just as popular?
      ethiele
      • 10 Months Ago
      Poor excuse by WW. Airbags are no big deal and they could have retrofitted ABS from any other model. Both are cheap technology, and would not have aded much cost to the regular model (tooling was paid off almost 40 years ago). WW shold sell that part of the factory and let a locar manufacturer to add the airbags and ABS. Brazilian goverment is willing to help the entrepeneur.
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