Volkswagen Kombi Officially Done, Fulfills Last Wishes (W/Video)
The last Volkswagen Kombi rolled off the production line at VW's Anchieta factory in Brazil this past December, marking the end of an era for the automaker's iconic microbus. But after being on the market for than 60 years, the Kombi couldn't just up and leave. The retro bus had several last wishes to fulfill, and we get to witness them all in the video below.
There were many people who made the Kombi a special part of their lives and this documentary-like movie shows just some of them. The Kombi reminisces back to when it was born in 1940 and introduces the man who created it. It went on to conquer the world, and the video shows several images of it in exotic places. It made so many friends like Frank and Iris, who went around the world with it and explored 25 countries. Then there's Nene, who took the Kombi to watch three world cup championships. Then there's the girl who was born inside the Kombi, and Bob who painted the Kombi and made it the famous Woodstock bus.
It all seemed to fall apart for the Kombi when it was announced it'd be killed off, but after realizing how many people cared about it, the Kombi couldn't just leave. Instead, it made a will and put some very special people on it. It left its odometer with the highest mileage possible to Frank and Iris. It left its hubcap with Pele's autograph on it for Nene. For Bob, the Kombi left him an art kit shaped just like the van. Orlando made the microbus into a mobile Italian restaurant, and the Kombi left him bus-shaped ravioli cutters. One by one, the Kombi delivered all its bequests across the world, but it still had one wish left.
New regulations went into effect on January 2014, requiring all new models built in Brazil be equipped with anti-lock brakes and passenger and driver airbags. In order for the Kombi to comply with the new regulations, it would have to become an entirely different car, so VW decided to scrap the car altogether. Brazil was the only country to produce the Kombi until December 2013 when the last one was built.
Find out what the Kombi's last wish was by watching the video below.
Source: Volkswagen Brazil via YouTube