In team that is winning does not move. But what if the rules of the game change? Without airbag, ABS brakes and other safety items that are now mandatory, the van is leaving the streets of Brazil with a farewell.
Who never? Whether it is school transportation, freight, ambulance or even a walking library, its versatility has turned it into a “Bombril on wheels”, running around with its thousand and one uses. But from January 2014, after 62 years as one of the best selling vehicles in Brazil, the Kombi will no longer be manufactured.
The van is scheduled to leave us for not adapting to the new safety standards. Taking advantage of the occasion, the latest edition has become an item for collectors. With special two-color painting, known as skirt and blouse, comes with options chosen from all models already produced. At the price of R $ 85 thousand (the normal cost R $ 50 thousand), were made 1,200 units of “Last Edition”. Like all the others, from now on, it has become rare.
The word Kombi comes from the German kombinationfarhzeug, which means "combined use vehicle". This name is used only in Brazil and Mexico (there is written with C, Combi). In Portugal, it is called Pão de Forma. In Germany, it's Bulli. In the United States, Bus; and in Poland, Papuga.
For the farewell to be completed, the manufacturer gathered testimonials from dozens of people who had good stories with the model, as a way to thank all the affection dedicated to this lovely van. Visit the Kombi website and enjoy stories like these below.
Rolando “Massinha” Vanucci and his van: a history of entrepreneurship
Volkswagen President's Gift, Customized for Ft. Orlando Villas Bôas
Franck Thibaud Köchig and the World Tour Kombi