Safety legislation is to kill the Volkswagen Kombi after 63 years of continuous production
Mark Tisshaw
24 October 2012

The classic Volkswagen Kombi is set to finally end production next year, ending some 63 years of continuous production.

The Kombi, or VW T2 as it is known in Brazil, the only country where it is still produced, will be forced out of production due to new safety legislation coming into force in South America’s largest country.

To comply with the new Brazilian market legislation coming into effect on January 1 2014, each new model built must have ABS and come with both passenger and driver airbags.

VW’s product development chief for Brazil, Egon Feichter, told Autocar that to comply with the new legislation, the Kombi would need to become “a new car”.

It is likely the last Kombi models will be built on December 31 2013, a full 63 years after the nine-seater first went on sale in 1950.

Feichter confirmed that it was only the new safety laws that prevented the Kombi from still being built, as it conforms to every emission regulation needed for new car markets in South America where it is still sold.

The new safety legislation is only for Brazil, but its position as the largest new car market in South America by some distance means it’s not financially feasible to continue with Kombi production.

Some 251 Kombis are still produced everyday at VW’s main Anchieta factory for South America in Sao Paulo.

Feichter said that to replace the Kombi with a like for like model would be almost impossible, as “you can get two Kombis for the price of one normal car”.

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24 October 2012

Now that is a shame. Yet alongside safety belts, both ABS and airbags are the bottom rungs of safety, suggesting the Kombi is likely a complete deathtrap.

*belch*

24 October 2012

wardotron wrote:

Now that is a shame. Yet alongside safety belts, both ABS and airbags are the bottom rungs of safety, suggesting the Kombi is likely a complete deathtrap.

 

Heres the proof behind what you are saying;

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpU5azjCB8

 

Makes the Rover Metro look safe!!

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25 October 2012

Rob McSorley on CARS wrote:

wardotron wrote:

Now that is a shame. Yet alongside safety belts, both ABS and airbags are the bottom rungs of safety, suggesting the Kombi is likely a complete deathtrap.

 

Heres the proof behind what you are saying;

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPpU5azjCB8

 

Makes the Rover Metro look safe!!

Check this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uykStESm3vw&feature=related

 

Your video does not show a real crashtest... The T3 at least was not that bad.

24 October 2012

Good to see the've given the Kombi van, that Audi massive front radiator grill look.

www.KOOOLcr.com

 

24 October 2012

It's sad when an icon has come to the end of the road.Always wanted one of these, albeit an earlier version. Saying that, I wouldn't want to be driving one in a crash as it's probably as strong as wet cardboard in a collision.

Can your GP prescribe anything for range anxiety?

24 October 2012

So another missing museum exhibit has finally been captured

24 October 2012

I'm going to miss that old museum exibit/deathtrap. You can currently still get the campervan version in this country from a company who imports them (not for much longer though), they'll even do a RHD conversion. But when you see the price of them it's no surprise that there's little uptake!!!

24 October 2012

I love the way they kept the old vents for the engine, even though it's been a liquid cooled engine for quite some time now hence the "Audi" grille. I guess the retooling costs to get rid of the old vents for the defunct AC engine were too much to justify doing it.

24 October 2012

The Bulli is missing a few letters ... "s", "h" and "t" ...

 

25 October 2012

I wonder if VW will now start to produce something along the lines of the Bulli concept they showed a couple of years ago.

That said, if my holiday in Cornwall was anything to go by, most VW van fans have now migrated to the Caravelle's as an alternative.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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