After 56 years of continuous production, the iconic Volkswagen Kombi nostalgically known to some as the Bully, Microbus or Hippie-van has reached end of production in Brazil - the only country where the vehicle was still being produced. Production of the vehicle is coming to an end because of the new 2014 safety legislation that states that all cars sold in Brazil must come with an ABS system and have driver and passenger airbags. Like the original Beetle, Volkswagen is sending the Kombi off with a limited last edition designed to celebrate the vehicle’s legendary history.
Last Edition Volkswagen T2 Kombi – Features
Limited to 600 units, the VW Kombi last edition exclusive two-tone blue and white body paint, whitewall tyres with matching white wheel caps, luxury internal finishing and design elements which give a nod to the many versions made in Brazil since 1957. In contrast to the old school air-cooled Kombi, the last edition version will be equipped with a water-cooled EA111 1.4-litre engine delivering 57kW on petrol or 58kW on ethanol, and connected exclusively to a four-speed manual transmission. The interior is splashed with blue and white vinyl upholstery and trim, with matching blue curtains on the side and rear windows. The floors are fitted with carpet and dilour Basalto inserts, which is the same material that covers the spare tyre, while the instrument cluster boasts a special serigraph treatment and keeps the traditional Kombi design of speedometer at the centre and fuel gauge on the right. An mp3-enabled sound system has been fitted, with USB ports. How very 1950s.