Volkswagen Campervan production put to an end

Posted on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 , 06:09:58 byTheodora

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Volkswagen Campervan production put to an end

Volkswagen is a trustful company capable of producing any kind of automobiles. The SUVs, hatchbacks, CUVs, sedans built under the brand’s name are all successful vehicles. A legend of the German company is the Volkswagen Campervan, known in the world under various names such as “microbus”, “minibus” or “hippie van”. The Campervan was produced in more than 10 million units and it will finally reach its dead end on December 31st 2014.

The Volkswagen Campervan dates back to 1950. It was the second vehicle of the brand, after the Beetle. As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the van involuntary gave rise for competitors in the United States in the 1960s, including the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan. The European competition included the 1960s FF layout Renault Estafette and the FR layout Ford Transit. By the 1979, the “hippie van” was no longer manufactured in Europe, because it didn’t meet the safety requirements from the old continent. Slowly, more and more countries gave up in selling the car. Surprisingly, there is still one country producing the van and that is Brazil. However, by the end of the year they will also put an end to it.

The Volkswagen Campervan doesn’t meet the safety rules in Brazil, either, that is why the officials decided to end the story of this iconic vehicle. Volkswagen needs to come up with a successor for the Campervan. Back in 2011, the company presented a retro Bulli Microbus Concept which at the time seemed appropriate to take the Campervan’s place. However, the concept remained only an attempt, because there hasn’t been any news on it since then. It is very likely we won’t see the vehicle going into production and the Campervan will surely remain a symbol in the history of Volkswagen.


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