Volkswagen Multivan Kombi set to make PH comeback this year

Updated Jun 18, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Who wants to go on a road trip with the VW Kombi?

Volkswagen Philippines is ramping up the local lineup as it announced the arrival of Multivan Kombi, or also known as the Type 2. The Volkswagen Kombi, alongside the Beetle (Type 1), helped put the German car brand on the map since its introduction in the second half of the 20th century.

Volkswagen Multivan Kombi front view

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However, this is not the first time the renowned van will compete in the country. In the late 1950s, the Type 2 has started roaming around Philippine roads with its unmistakable design. And in 1970, its local sales peaked at 6,100 units, enough for Volkswagen to secure the top spot in the Philippine automotive sales ranking.

Based on the announcement rolled out by Volkswagen Philippines, the local lineup will get the sixth-generation model (T6) instead of the new and modern-looking seventh-gen model (T7). Regardless, the arrival of the Type 2 should further grow the car brand’s local lineup to cater to those in the market for a spacious and dependable van.

Volkswagen Multivan Kombi rear view

The ultimate road trip vehicle

No official specifications have been disclosed for the upcoming PH-spec Volkswagen Multivan Kombi yet including pricing. Now, considering that the Type 2 is assembled in Europe, one can expect that its market value should be relatively higher as compared to how the rest of the models in the Philippine lineup are priced.

All the current Volkswagen models in the country are imported from China which makes these vehicles benefit from the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, resulting in more affordable pricing. The importation from Europe could be a good thing or a bad thing. But this could also pave the way for more models from Europe to arrive in the country such as the Volkswagen Golf.

Volkswagen Multivan Kombi front view

Volkswagen Philippines' lineup is growing

More details are expected to be released before the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi’s local debut set in the third quarter of 2021. The Type 2 will be the second new model added to the local lineup this year following the introduction of the Volkswagen T-Cross last May 2021.

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Volkswagen Kombi

Officially known as the Volkswagen Type 2, depending on the body type it has, it is also known as the Transporter, Kombi, or the Microbus. It is a commercial vehicle that was introduced by the German automaker, Volkswagen, in 1950. It is the second car model by Volkswagen that is the successor of the Type 1, Beetle. The Kombi was derived from the Beetle and it was referred to as Type 2 as designated by its maker. The Kombi was one of the pioneers when it comes to passenger and modern cargo vans. It raised forward control vehicles in the US in the 1960s. The Kombi had other names and because of the popularity of the counterculture movement in the 1960s, it was also named the Hippie van. Brazil has the last factory that manufactured the T2 series which stopped production on December 31, 2013, due to the launch of stricter safety laws in the country. This ended the era of rear-engine Volkswagens. The Kombi camper is the latest version of Volkswagen’s Transporter and the spiritual successor to the old Kombi.

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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