One of the oldest vehicles still in production, the Volkswagen T2 Microbus is still being sold in Brazil as the Kombi, featuring the same design as it sported when it first rolled off the assembly line in 1967.
Its days are now numbered, as the German automaker has decided to halt production on the Kombi at the end of next year. Just a tad over five years ago, VW gave its Kombi a water-cooled, 1.4-liter engine with 80 hp, tossing out the classic air-cooled powerplant that resided before. But the end of the Kombi comes as safety regulations get stricter and as Volkswagen tries to modernize its lineup.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that Volkswagen won’t be offering a successor. It just won’t happen anytime soon. The automaker hinted at a new model tailored to business owners, and before you think of the Bulli, think again. According to Volkswagen R&D board member Ulrich Hackenberg, the Bulli is more of a look at VW’s future design and the production model has bumped down from the automaker’s list of priorities.
The Microbus isn’t the only long-lasting product in the VW lineup. In 2009 Volkswagen ceased production of the original Golf, which was first produced in 1974.
[Source: Car and Driver]