Remember how just last year Volkswagen announced the end of the line for its iconic Kombi bus in Brazil? Well, in a strange turn of events, that might not actually be the case. According to Digital Trends, the microbus could live on in South America thanks to a few loopholes in Brazilian safety regulations.
Like many classics we see on the road today, the Kombi lacks the necessary equipment — ABS, airbags, etc. — to fit under modern safety regulations. But thanks to a certain “grandfather” agreement, it could allow for the bus to remain in production, surpassing new laws set by the Brazilian government. This would be one of the rare exemptions to the rule.
As mentioned, the VW bus has been in production since the 1950s, remaining true to its iconic shape and rear-wheel drive layout. Only a few minor adjustments — like the addition of a new 1.4-liter engine — have been made to the Bus in its 60+ year history.
We’ll keep a close eye on how this one plays out, but this could mean good news for
hippies VW Bus fanboys everywhere.