The Last Kombi? – “Keep hope alive!”
The final “Kombi Last Edition” has rolled off the assembly line in Brazil, but the venerable Transporter could be back soon. While the Brazilian government is looking at the possibility of exempting the VW van from new safety requirements, Volkswagen Brasil has made this statement: “If any official change in the law is upheld, Volkswagen will evaluate the possibility of continuing the production of Kombi” There should be a government announcement on Monday December 23rd, 2013. There are so many of these vehicles in the world today and they are just as popular as ever. I took a couple I know on a camping trip this summer in our ‘74 Westfalia, they loved it, are still talking about the journey, and are even going to put a picture of the bus on their wall. There is nothing quite like the view from the bay window or the aircraft like roar of the engine as you wind through old roads and new sights. I found this Jesse Jackson quote which would make a great Volkswagen bus bumper sticker, “Respect me! Protect me! Never neglect me!” Eye candy for today, a Brazilian video in Portuguese from 2006 comparing the old air-cooled Kombi with its then new water-cooled replacement. Brazilian government officials! How can you not save this vehicle?