Volkswagen Philippines confirmed the local comeback of the iconic Multivan Kombi in the 3rd quarter of 2021.
The Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is the brand’s first, most popular, and most beloved van which the younger generation might have seen in photos and movies. But for those who were old enough to drive during the second half of the 20th century, the Kombi van definitely holds a lot of a good memories and culture-defining history.
The legendary Kombi will continue its journey with a new generation of Filipino motorists. While the Beetle celebrated creative individualism, the Kombi delighted in the shared experiences friends and families.
The Kombi, also known as the Microbus, Transporter, or simply the “hippie van”—commemorated its 70th birthday in 2020. From its conception in 1949 by Dutch businessman Ben Pon, to its subsequent iterations globally for several generations, the Kombi has become the world’s all-time best-selling multivan, topping the 13-million-unit sales mark by May 2020.
In the Philippines, the Kombi was also a popular fixture in the streets starting in the late 1950s and peaked in popularity in 1970 when it contributed to a total of 6,100 Volkswagens that were sold on that year alone, which made the German brand become the number one seller in the Philippine automobile market.
The Kombi in the Philippines, much like in the West, was widely used by families and businesses. It also became a prominent symbol in local pop culture, becoming the iconic van of the “flower power” era of the 60s and 70s. The Kombi won the motoring public over with a one-of-a-kind design: The low, flat floor and a spacious interior that could accommodate 8 or more people—”the kind of design that lent itself to any purpose and passion.”
Now, the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is about to make a comeback in Philippine roads amidst a multitude of new van designs being offered in the market. Are you excited? Will the updated Kombi reclaim its old place in local road lore? Let’s wait and see. It will definitely be an exciting comeback.