German automobile company, Volkswagen has eventually decided to stop the production of “Kombi”, one of its most popular brand of buses. The name “Kombi” was coined from the German name “Kombinationsfahfzeug” which means “cargo-passenger van”.
The company announced on Sunday in Brazil, the last place that still made the buses, that it will cease production on of the vans.
New safety regulations in Brazil have mandated that every vehicle must have an air bags and anti-lock braking systems starting from 2014.
Volkswagen said it would have to change production to meet the new law.
VW buses, fondly referred to as “Danfo” in Nigeria are still used as passenger buses in some parts of Lagos while in Latin America, they are used for carrying mail, transporting soldiers, and movement of corpses.
The VW Transporter model was introduced in Germany about 63 years ago with more than 10 million produced with Brazil accounting for more than 1.5 million of the total production.
The production of Volkswagen buses started in Brazil in 1957.