Nov 15 - The end of the road is near for the classic Kombi van as VW plans to halt its production after more than 60 years. Hayley Platt reports.
The classic design of the VW Kombi van has hardly changed in years. Alisson Pereira knows. He's grown up around them. They're still being made in Brazil where he lives - but not for much longer. German owner, Volkswagen, is calling time on the vehicle's 63 year history. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) KOMBI OWNER, ALISSON PEREIRA, SAYING: "I have been working with the Kombi since I was 18, but it's been practically part of my entire life. My father had a Kombi and I was more or less raised inside a Kombi watching my father work. It's not just means of transportation, it's also a journey." Around ten million vans have been built across six decades. More than 1.5 million have been produced in Brazil. Only a thousand more are to be made before the production line is finally switched off at the end of the year. It will be a sad day for Kombi lovers everywhere, not least market trader Mario Santos whose Kombi is almost 40 years old. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FARMER'S MARKET VENDOR, MARIO SANTOS SILVA, SAYING: "The little that I have is thanks to her. Really, I am against stopping production of the Kombi. I am totally against it." Production may soon be ending - but the Kombi will live on in the hearts of its fans forever.