[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”http://paintscrapers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/last-edition-kombi.jpg” image_width=”792″ image_height=”300″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″]We guess you couldn’t have missed the coverage that the national press has given to the end of production for Volkswagen’s Bay Window Kombi. All reporting that the last model rolling off the production line on the 20th of December, 2013. The Kombi’s demise had come about due to new safety laws which came into effect at the start of 2014 “all new cars sold in Brazil have to be equipped with ABS and airbags”. Even though the Bay Window Kombi has been ‘upgraded’ over the years, integrating these new features wasn’t an option – probably due to financial constraints. Volkswagen decided that the only option was to cease production, but as is tradition they offered a Last Editionto mark the end of 63 years production.
Within days of production ending, rumours started appearing that it might not be the end. Brazil’s government are considering bending the law to accommodate the continued production. Brazilian finance minister argues that “the original design could not include these features, as in 1950, airbags or ABS were not available, at least not to passenger cars”. With VW’s Kombi being the sixth best selling commercial vehicle in Brazil, and used by many small businesses, there are lots of support for it’s continued production.
Volksworld magazine reported that they had spoken with Mark Reynolds of Just Kampers, who’s been to the VW factory in Brazil many times. Mark told Volsworld “…as far as we can see, it looks like there has been a massive turn around at VW Brazil and the VW Kombi will be made for another 3 years… It’s not official yet as everybody at VW Brazil seems to be on ‘vacation’, but it’s all over the Brazilian press, that the Kombis will go back into production!”
So it’s with bated breath that the world waits to find out it the Kombi will carry on.
Original source: indianautosblog.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]