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Iconic VW Microbus Fades Away

VW's Microbus Volkswagen AG will end production of its venerable Microbus this year when the last factory that makes the iconic minivan a VW facility in Brazil finishes building the final 600 units.
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VW's Microbus

Volkswagen AG will end production of its venerable Microbus this year when the last factory that makes the iconic minivan a VW facility in Brazil finishes building the final 600 units.

VW has sold 6.2 million of the vehicles since the Microbus debuted in Germany in 1950. Sales in the American market, where the vehicle became known in the 1960s as the "Hippy bus," ended in 1979.

But the company continued building the van, also known as the Kombi, for other markets. Now tighter safety regulations in Brazil notably those requiring antilock brakes and front-seat airbags will force the vehicle out of production by the end of this year.