TG drives the Kombi in Brazil
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: a white-knuckle ride around the favelas in a new, 50s-style Kombi van
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
As with the Mini, the original Fiat 500 and indeed the VW Beetle, the T2 is a vehicle so enmeshed in the automotive fabric that it's impossible not to love it. But let's be clear, things have moved on since 1957. For example, at some point in the intervening 56 years, somebody invented crumple zones, thus preventing impalation by steering column, a bloody fate the Kombi would cheerfully visit upon you in the event of a frontal impact. I detest over-light power steering, but in this VW the simple act of leaving the hotel car park is a major physical activity. And you know those blank bits cheap cars have where the buttons should be? That's the Kombi's entire dashboard. There's a measly bit of felt above the driver and front passenger, a forbidding expanse of bare metal above the rest of the interior. Still, 30,000 Brazilian masochists can't be wrong.