VW Brazil to END Kombi Production in 2013
My first idea for a blog post title was “Noooooooo!!!” But that didn’t really convey the seriousness of the subject matter. I’m devastated, as recently as last week I thought Volkswagen Brazil was going to fit the old Bulli with airbags and soldier on. Now the word on the street is that production of the classic Type II bus will cease at the end of next year after more than six decades. At the moment 250 bay window buses come off the assembly line daily. I’d always dreamed that one day the U.S. and Canada might start importing them again. Over the years there have been a lot of changes and upgrades, notably in 1973 with a significantly strengthened front end. This time is different and the manufacturer says the old van would have to become a totally new car, read too much trouble, though we should give them credit for carrying on this far. On the positive side there are still thousands and thousands of VW buses in Brazil and some will probably find their way to other countries.