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Volkswagen's new Multivan-based Kombi Beach people-mover to tempt lifestyle seekers
6 Jun 2006
THE great outdoors is an alluring image for marketers of utilities and SUVs, but what about the great indoors? Surely car-makers do not expect buyers to actually sleep comfortably and securely in the back of their pick-ups and 4x4 wagons? Well, you can in this VW van, once again, after decades of being denied a successor to the types of classic VW Kombis you now only hear about or see on old episodes of TV’s The Wonder Years. The new Kombi Beach is all this, and, with good vibrations coming from its TDI engine, a whole lot more to boot.
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Volkswagen T1 KombiReleased: 1965
Family Tree: Kombi
With its rear-mounted air-cooled 1493cc four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, the last of the first-generation Kombis are the ones with the classic two-piece windscreens, plethora of side windows and appealingly stark interiors. Based on the original Beetle platform and running gear, the series made its worldwide debut back in March 1950, and continued on with scores of minor changes until the T2 arrived in Australia in August 1968.
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