Volkswagen to end production of iconic 'Kombi' vans

In this Sept. 18, 2013 photo, advertising executive Marcelo Serpa drives his Volkswagen van, or Kombi, emblazoned with a "rolling mural," that he painted, through the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Serpa's 2007 VW van version is meant to have a 1960s American hippie feel. He painted it in bright green, yellow, blue and red colors with cartoon-like drawings of his wife, daughters, and himself, surfboard in hand. Serpa said the bus evokes "a spirit of playfulness and happiness," causing people to pause and smile when he drives it down Sao Paulo's chaotic streets.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

December 11, 2013 4:51:10 PM PST
It's the end of the line for the Volkswagen van.

Production on the iconic VW Kombi van will wrap up in just a few weeks.

Brazil is the only country in the world still producing the vehicle that was a favorite among hippies and surfers.

Production is stopping because Volkswagen says it cannot change production on the van to meet new safety regulations.

The company has launched 1,200 special last edition vans for collector -- and they're already sold out.