Volkswagen to end Kombi production with Last Edition


Volkswagen to end camper production with Kombi Last Edition

Volkswagen has announced that it will mark the cessation of production of its Kombi camper with a limited-run Last Edition.

Only 600 examples of the special will be produced, all of which will feature two-tone white and blue body paint, white-wall tyres, white centre wheel caps and tinted rear windows, as well as a special numbered dashboard plaque and unique decals.
Inside, meanwhile, the Last Edition will be trimmed in colour-coordinated vinyl with matching two-tone seat centres and blue fabric curtains. A 'Kombi' logo on the curtains' fasteners will call to mind the model's heyday in the 1960s and '70s.

Each example will also come with a special certificate of authenticity.

The Last Edition will, as its name suggests, mark the end of production of VW's iconic Kombi, known here in the UK more commonly as the Camper or Type 2.

The Kombi can now lay claim to the longest production run in automotive history, having been in continuous production in Brazil since 1957.

Back then, it was powered by a 30bhp 1.2-litre air-cooled engine, and featured a Spartan interior – a far cry from today's Kombi, which runs a more modern water-cooled 77bhp 1.4-litre and a four-speed manual transmission, and even comes with an MP3 player.

In the Kombi's long production life, though, its bodyshell and interior configuration have remained largely unchanged, providing seating for nine and a practical, flexible interior that made it a hit with millions of owners.

It also became famous as the vehicle of choice for the hippie movement.

Check out our gallery of VW Kombis, past and present, below.

VW Kombi production comes to an end

VW Kombi production comes to an end