Let the good times roll! Volkswagen’s Brazilian branch announced that the 1.5 millionth VW Bus has come off of the Anchieta assembly line in Sao Bernardo, Brazil.
The VW Bus is an iconic vehicle in the UK and legendary in America. The much loved VW Bus is symbol of the Flower Power generation, the surfer dudes, and an overall good time – leading to the nickname (among many, many others – Ed.) of the Shaggin-Wag0n.
The Volkswagen Type 2, aka the VW Bus, began production in Germany around 1950 and become very popular in the U.S. during the 1960s. And boy, did people have a blast with the Bus – transforming them into pickup trucks, campers, and to this day having conventions to celebrate the glory of the Bus. Many models and variation of the VW Bus were made and while the vehicle is not a common sight on the roads today the production of the VW Bus never stopped.
The VW plant in Sao Bernardo, Brazil has rolled out their 1.5 millionth VW Bus locally called the Kombi, short for Kombinationskraftwagen. The 500,000th Brazilian VW Bus was built in 1977 and the one millionth Brazilian VW Bus was built in 1995. Currently, the VW Bus holds 3.3% of the light commercial vehicle market in the nation of Brazil. That is very impressive for a vehicle that has been around since the 1950s.
Over the years the Brazilian made VW Bus has received some modern updates. Most notably in 2005 the type 1 air cooled flat four was replaced with an 80 horsepower 1.4 water cooled straight four. The new engine allows the VW Bus to run both gas and ethanol fuels.
Interested in getting your own 2011 VW Bus from Brazil? The standard model, that seats nine and called the Volkswagen Kombi, has a U.S. dollar base price of $24,142. The cargo van style called the Volkswagen Panel, that seats two or three, has a U.S. dollar base price of $26,348. If you happen to live in the Netherlands than you can get a imported Brazilian Bus fully loaded as a camper for $61,000.
What is greener than a vehicle that has barely changed in 60 years?
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison