The classic Kombi Volkswagen van is retired, makes final wish

The Kombi van was created in the 1940s and is an icon of the automotive industry. Called the “hippie van”, or the VW bus, the Kombi van has had a long colorful life. The last one rolled off the assembly line in Brasil at the end of last year.

The video below is a love letter from Kombi to the world. Fantastic.



  • Robert

    Lovely!

  • Jörg

    Heartwarming!

    I once drove one in the 80´s, (- built 1969 ;-).. during my student years. One day I threw some mattresses, a stereocasetteplayer and a bunch of friends in it, and we drove down south to Bonn which was the german capital at that time, to join one of the biggest no-nukes demos participating with more than 500,000 people overwhelming that little town. It was a great day.

  • Moeskido

    Dang it, now I want one even more. What a great little piece of video.

  • satcomer

    VW would be stupid if they didn’t replace that van with an updated version.

    • Jasper

      They did — around 1980 or so. The Brazilian factory just kept churning out the old model (by now four models ago) for a long time. Just like the last Beetle was quite recent even though it was replaced by the Golf decades ago.

    • Kip Beatty

      They ARE replacing it with something called the “microbus”. It looks more like a minivan, which let’s face it, is where the market for the Kombi went.

  • Kip Beatty

    Fantastic, you said it Dave. Never thought I’d get misty eyed over a car commercial, but damn.

  • Costa K

    There’s more emotion in this short film about a car than in many feature films today.

    Brilliant.