Text: Mac Avendano / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted August 20, 2013 18:30
Volkswagen Kombi to bid farewell after 56 years of production in Brazil
The Volkswagen Kombi, also known as the Microbus, will bid farewell after 56 years of production – the longest produced model in automotive history. Volkswagen do Brasil, the only remaining factory that makes it, will produce 600 units of Volkswagen Kombi Last Edition
Having been produced in Brazil since September 2, 1957, the Kombi proved to be a functional vehicle throughout the decades. More than that, it became a cultural icon along with the Beetle during the hippie movement of the 1960s.
The 600 Kombi Last Edition will bear special identification plaques on the dashboard and a certificate of authenticity. The Kombi is given a two-tone body paint of white and blue. While the body style remains closely to the original Type 2, the Kombi Last Edition enjoys further nostalgic treatments such as whitewall tires, white center caps, tinted rear windows, fabric curtains, and vinyl upholstery.
Nostalgia aside, the Kombi Last Edition also comes with front indicator lights with white crystal lenses, ’56 anos – Kombi Last Edition’ decals, and an MP3 sound system with red LED lights and auxiliary and USB ports. The bus is powered by the EA111 1.4 liter engine paired with a four-speed manual transmission. On gasoline, the engine is capable of 78 PS; however, when filled with ethanol, it can produce 80 PS.
In the Philippines, the first Kombi rolled out in 1957 from the DMG Incorporated assembly plant on Libertad Street, Mandaluyong before it transferred in 1974 to Espana Extension (now E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue) in Quezon City. DMG Inc. continued producing Volkswagens until it closed down in 1981.