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Last of the surfermobiles

Carmaker Volkswagen has announced it is terminating production of one of its most iconic vehicles – beloved of surfers, hippies and other wandering souls for more than half a century.
Volkswagen Kombi consigned to history

Carmaker Volkswagen has announced it is terminating production of one of its most iconic vehicles – beloved of surfers, hippies and other wandering souls for more than half a century.

The Kombi has been manufactured in Brazil since 1957, but was first launched in Germany in 1950, making it is one of the longest running automobile models in history.

The classic Kombi design no longer meets Brazil's required safety standards, forcing Volkswagen to phase out production of the vehicle, according to a company spokeswoman.

Nearly 1.5 million were made and Volkswagen is creating a final, special edition to mark the end of 56 years of production.

Only 600 Kombi Last Editions will be made, and will befitted with a special identification plaque on the dashboard.

It will also feature classic Kombi design details such as whitewall tyres, white centred wheel caps and tinted rear windows.

Volkswagen, one Europe's largest family businesses, is controlled by the Piech and Porsche families and saw revenues of €192.7 billion in 2012. 

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