They finally stop making them…

30 12 2013

Sad news for the kombi world: As you may have read already on ZeroToSixty-eventually or in the newspapers, Volkswagen of Brazil will stop the production of the kombi (aka the Bay Window Volkswagen bus or T2) at the end of 2013, so basically today. In Germany, the production of this version of the Volkswagen transporter started in 1967 and ended in 1979 when the wedge-shaped T3/T25 was introduced, which in turn was succeeded by the front-engine T4 in 1990 and the current model, the T5, in 2003. But production went on in Mexico and Brazil, in Mexico until 1994 and in Brazil up until now.
The body of these modern versions showed only minor differences compared to the German kombis of the 1970ies, like a slightly elevated roof, small differences on the lower section of the driver and passenger door and, most prominently, a large radiator grill at the front as these buses were equipped with water-cooled engines since 2005. The German Wikipedia entry on the T2 has a section on the Mexican and Brazilian T2, the “T2c” for which unfortunately no English translation exists yet.
Production now ends because of increased safety and emission standards. From 2014 on all new cars in Brazil need to feature airbag safety systems. Apparently too difficult to introduce such a complex system in a car where the basic design goes back to 1967. Volkswagen Do Brazil commemorates 56 years of production of the Kombi in Brazil with a beautiful final Last Edition – originally limited to 600 buses, then increased to 1200 buses, see the photos below.
Some links if you want to read more: This New York Times article beautifully sums up why the kombi was so successful – because it was, in a modest and unpretentious way, sufficient. There is an informative article from Automotive.com (“The Bus Stops Here”) where also the photos below are taken from. Here is a link to an article in the British newspaper The Indendent. Finally a gallery of photos, some truely beautiful, on the web site of the british newspaper The Guardian.

Photos below from Volkswagen of Brazil.

Volkswagen-Kombi-Last-Edition-Front-Quarter

Volkswagen-Kombi-Last-Edition-Rear

Volkswagen-Kombi-Last-Edition-Badge

Volkswagen-Kombi-Last-Edition-Interior


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9 responses

30 12 2013
Campbell

Beautiful design is timeless!
a sad day but it will make the original buses even more rare and cherished.
One of these would be sufficient for me 😉

30 12 2013
campervancrazy

Yep, I also like them 🙂

30 12 2013
ewdb92

Hopefully, this will not impact the supply of parts for a few years! Thanks for the referral.

30 12 2013
campervancrazy

Pleasure! Yes, I hope the kombi community is a big enough market that parts will be available for a long time.

11 01 2014
Serenity Camper

Reblogged this on the akoonah bus and commented:
Such a shame, an icon disappears much like the original Beetle 😦 Gone but never forgotten.

12 01 2014
campervancrazy

Yes, it is a shame… Thanks coming by, and for the reblog!

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