New VW Transporter Commercial

6 06 2014

Link to a new German Volkswagen commercial that popped up on TV this evening: “Most vehicles are being used. But there is one that is being loved, for more than 60 years now.” Oh so true!

http://lovetheoriginal.com/de/de/

Screenshot of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles web site (http://lovetheoriginal.com/de/de/)

Screenshot of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles web site (http://lovetheoriginal.com/de/de/)





Official Kombi Farewell Video

12 04 2014

This beautiful video is doing the rounds at the moment. Looks like part of an official farewell campaign from Volkswagen Do Brasil, and comes in a Spanish version as well. Also featured on the Viva Westfalia blog. When you look on YouTube there seems to be a whole series of personal farewell videos from Brasilian kombi drivers in the same Volkswagen Do Brasil format, like this one from a food van owner. Thanks to Markus for sending the link!





Grandfather of the Kombi Rediscovered

8 03 2014

Interesting story going through the media in Germany at the moment: The very first Porsche was rediscovered, after it was assumed lost for about a 110 years. And as Ferdinand Porsche was the father of the Volkswagen beetle, and the beetle is just a smaller and less practical version of the kombi, the resurfaced car is somehow also the godfather of the kombi.
The very first Porsche was built in 1898 by Porsche, working for the Vienna-based electro company “Béla Egger & Co.“ which got the contract to build the drive train for an electro car by coach maker Lohner Werke. So the car was called the Egger-Lohner electro-vehicle. But Ferdinand Porsche apparently had stamped every major part with a “P1” to mark it as his first car creation.
It still looks very much like a horse carriage. The story is that it was put aside and then forgotten in a carriage museum somewhere in Austria. It was rediscovered 110 years after its disappearance, bought back by Wolfgang Porsche, the grandson of Porsche senior, and given as a permanent loan to the Porsche museum in Stuttgart. Where it has now been put on display and will welcome future visitors in the entrance hall. Here is the link to a video on tagesschau.de, the internet portal of the German main evening news, from January 28.
True to the image of the Porsche company, this very first Porsche already won a race: The car magazine “Auto, Motor und Sport” reports that with Ferdinand Porsche himself in the driver’s seat it won the “Race for Electric Vehicles” on September 28, 1899, in Berlin, between the suburbs of Steglitz and Zehlendorf.
The latest turn in this story: Their now seem to be doubts as the “P1” stamps may have been not yet in place when the vehicle was evaluated by an expert in 2009 (see this paper in the German newspaper “Die Welt” from Feb 23). This car would then still be an Egger-Lohner, and one with the drive train develloped by Ferdinand Porsche, but not the very first copy of this model.

Screenshot from Tagesschau news feature from Jan 28, 2014.

Screenshot from Tagesschau news feature from Jan 28, 2014.





The last bus finds a home

2 02 2014




Até amanhã ?

31 12 2013

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Re-blog of a great blog post. Brilliant summary, with a fantastic VW unlaunch ad, “unintroducing the Volkswagen Bus…”

Wild about Scotland

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[Note: Até amanhã ? = ‘See you tomorrow?’ in Portuguese]

This month the last newly-produced T2 Volkswagen bus is due to roll off the production in Brazil.  It’s the end of an era having been in continuous production for 64 years with 3.5 million sold around the world.  Whether you know it as a camper, bus, kombi or van, it’s a vehicle that has stood the test of time.  It’s cheeky looks, durability, flexibility and simple mechanics mean that they just keep on going … and going …. and going.

The demise of the Bay window T2 bus has been shrouded in some mystery for the last fortnight, however.  VW’s decision to cease production is in response to new regulations requiring ABS brakes and airbags to be fitted to all new vehicles in Brazil.  But the recent suggestion by Brazil’s Finance Minister that the VW bus might be exempt, given that it’s…

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