Last year, we reported that the Volkswagen Mircobus, still in production after more than 56 years in Brazil, where it's sold as the Kombi, was coming to an end. To blame: stricter safety standards in the South American nation requiring front airbags and anti-lock brakes by 2014. The cost of retrofitting the old design with the modern tech was deemed too expensive to justify, especially with more modern equivalents in VW's portfolio that meet the spec.
Now a year later, the curtain's about to fall for good on VW's venerable rear-engine Microbus, and VW do Brasil is sending it out in style with the Kombi Last Edition, a model featuring a special two-tone white and light blue exterior and interior color theme, as well as commemorative graphics indicating it's only one of 600 models.
Appropriately retro touches for the model include whitewall tires, white-painted hubcaps, and blue fabric curtains with fasteners bearing the 'Kombi' logo, as models had in the 1960s and '70s. Despite its antique appearance, the Kombi Last Edition does feature some modern touches, such as an MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs. It is driven by a water-cooled, fuel-injected 1.4-liter I-4 engine making 78 hp on gasoline and 80 hp on ethanol, a common fuel in Brazil. The sole transmission is a four-speed manual.