The Volkswagen Kombi competing in the modern market
|   Thursday, November 01, 2012
The classic Volkswagen Kombi of the 1950s is still in production in Brazil and this vehicle is hugely in demand even in today's world. SO much so that Volkswagen produces 254 units if the Kombi daily even today. Priced at 14,800 Pounds, the Kombi is still around in many other South American markets as well.

The vehicle is still a rear drive, rear engine vehicle and many modifications were not made to its drive train and chassis. The cabin has a seating capacity of nine people in three rows and large sliding doors to create more space.
The exterior looks have also not been tampered with after all these years and the vehicle still sports the big black front grille depicting its classic nature.

The vehicle has only received a minor tweak to the engine and a 1.4 liter water cooled engine has been installed in the vehicle that is capable of running on either ethanol or petrol or a fusion of both. This is an important requirement in the Brazilian market and hence the vehicle is still in demand in that part of the world.

The engine is the same as that used on the Volkswagen Polo around the world with the exception of a few minor changes that have been made to suit the fuel consumption as well as the addition of a four speed manual transmission for better shifting. The vehicle is a terrible driving machine and it is due to the old school technology.

It is like an old tin can on wheels and the transmission system is particularly hard to get used to. Basic mechanics is difficult to get used to and the awkward design of the vehicle makes it highly unstable when the vehicle is without load. The handling is pretty unstable and the vehicle feels wobbly even in small bends, let alone corners.

The Kombi is therefore not in production in other parts of the world. However, the Kombi is still in production as it is a cheap vehicle and easy to maintain. It is high in space and that are all the qualities that a good vehicle must have in developing markets. The good point about the Kombi is its high ground clearance, great and unhindered view of the road ahead and the commanding driving position.

Once in the driver's seat, the Kombi feels like a car that is ready to control the streets. The vehicle is very simple and this is a positive point for people who want a vehicle solely for the purpose of using daily. The cabin space is huge and the vehicle feels airy, comfortable and big.

The vehicle does not even feature the basic luxury features like air conditioning, climate control etc and the vehicle is low on safety features. Air bags, ABS, EFS etc are distant dreams on this vehicle and this is not a practical vehicle is most countries around the world. If you are looking for a vehicle high on space and easy to maintain, the Volkswagen Kombi is the perfect option for you.
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