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Brazil End of the VW Van
In this Sept. 13, 2013 photo, a Volkswagen van is used as a makeshift food truck selling pasta dishes, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Brazil the VW van is known as the "Kombi," an abbreviation for the German "Kombinationsfahrzeug" that loosely translates as "cargo-passenger van." It’s used in Brazil by the postal service to haul mail, by the army to transport soldiers, and by morticians to carry corpses. It serves as a school bus for kids, operates as a group taxi, and delivers construction materials to work sites, but VW says production will end Dec. 31. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)