Volkswagen Kombi

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Volkswagen Kombi Overview

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.


The Volkswagen Kombi design was made by Ben Pon who is a Dutch importer of the Volkswagen Beetle. His sketch was inspired after seeing a flatbed parts-hauler during his visit to the Volkswagen plant where the chassis is from a Type 1. The German automobile maker started thinking about the idea and decided to produce it in 1950. There were two versions offered: the Commercial which is the first-panel van, and the Kombi, with removable middle and back seats, with side windows.


The modern version of the Volkswagen Kombi has standard features that include a 17-inch Davenport alloy wheels, dynamic headlights, LED headlights and taillights, front and rear park distance control, range control, fixed tow bar, rearview reversing camera, light and sight package, and comfort package. It also has optional features like the folding side mirrors.


The interior of the modern version of the Volkswagen Kombi includes the following: multi-function display, 6-speaker system, voice enhancer for backseat passengers, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, radio with AppConnect, adjustable armrests (driver), easy to clean rubber flooring, leathered upholstery, side and curtain airbags for front and back passengers (optional), carpet flooring, and comfort front passenger seat with armrest.

Technology & Safety Features

The Volkswagen Kombi is equipped with safety features like the driver alert, rearview camera that comes with a range of original driver assistance systems created to bring convenience and occupant protection, post-collision braking, and fog lights with cornering lights as an option.

Platform & Chassis

The platform of a Volkswagen Kombi is a Volkswagen Goup T platform and based on the type 1 chassis. There are other variants of the Volkswagen Kombi: the panel van, double door panel, high roof panel van, the bus, Lotacao (exclusive to Brazil), Samba bus, Flatbed pickup truck, Crew cab, Westfalia camping van, Adventurewagen, and the Semi-camping van.

Engine & Drivetrain

The engine and gearbox remained the same over time except for some improvements over the years. The vehicle is powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

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