On December 31, the Volkswagen Corporation will cease production of the VW van in Brazil, the last nation where it is still being produced. Why? Because of new regulations imposed by the government.
The driver of a VW Kombi sits in front of the front axle. From now on, that’s not allowed in Brazil. The bureaucrats have decided that such a design is a public menace.
That did not worry me when I owned one in the 1980s, when the hippie generation, of which I was not a member, had passed into their thirties.
By the time the Kombi became the hippie van, it was 18 years old. The first Kombis began production in 1950. For 63 years, the style did not change much. Yet it still found buyers in Brazil.
For 63 years, buyers have not cared that they would sit in front of the front axle. But their lack of concern was not shared by bureaucrats in Brazil, who were not alive in 1950.