VW Bus to Be Retired Forever

    An auto worker checks a finished Silver Edition Volkswagen van at the company's factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo, 20 miles south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005.  VW is churning out about 200 Kombi "Silver Edition" models for collectors outfitted with historic air-cooled engine, as the company is now being forced to change for  water-cooled models due to a new Brazilian emission law to reduce pollution that goes into effect in 2006. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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    The ’60s are truly over. Brazil, the last place that still makes Volkswagen buses, will cease production on the iconic (and sometimes ironic) vans, the company said Sunday. New safety regulations in Brazil mandate that every vehicle must have air bags and anti-lock braking systems starting in 2014, and Volkswagen said it would have to change production to meet the law. While the VW bus is often associated with surfers and Bob Dylan album covers in the U.S., it’s far from romantic in Latin America, where it’s used to carry mail, transport soldiers, and carry corpses. More than 10 million VW Transporter vans have been produced since its introduction 63 years ago in Germany, and more than 1.5 million in Brazil alone.

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