End of the road for the VW Kombi van
An exhibitor from California poses for a photo in front of painted Volkswagen Kombi minibuses during an exhibition of the vehicles in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. The event is marking the end of the Kombi. The last vehicle will roll of the production line on Friday, December 20th.
A line-up of Kombis from the various eras of its production, which stretches back 63 years.
Fans gathered not only with their restored Kombis, but the toys that it inspired as well.
Many of the vehicles on display are in mint condition, though with added features like Sat-Nav devices included in the 1960s cabins.
Workers on the assembly line of the VW plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo. It is the last plant to produce the Kombi globally and has been doing so for 56 years.
A customized Volkswagen Kombi minibus arrives to a Kombi fan club meeting. Higher manufacturing costs and increase in production time due to new auto regulations, which will require anti-lock brake systems and air bags in all cars produced in Brazil from 2014, contributed to its decision to stop the production of the Kombi, according to the company.
A boy pulls along his Volkswagen Kombi toy during a Kombi fan club meeting in Sao Bernardo do Campo.
A 2013 "Last Edition" model of Volkswagen's Kombi minibus. The final model will roll off the production line on Friday, December 20th.