Strict new rules and regulations that came into effect across Brazil on January 1st, 2014, forced Volkswagen to finally stop building the iconic Kombi. To commemorate the van’s impressive 56-year long production run, Volkswagen launched a limited-edition model called Last Edition that sold out faster than you can book a flight to Rio.
Just 1,200 examples of the Last Edition were built, and the van was officially only sold on the Brazilian market. Each unit stood out thanks to a retro-styled two-tone paint job, model-specific stickers on the hatch and on the quarter panels as well as white and blue vinyl upholstery on the inside. The Last Edition retailed for 85,000 Brazilian Reais, a hefty sum that represented nearly twice the price of a regular Kombi.
We spotted one of the very few Kombi Last Editions in Europe while returning an Amarok press loaner at the Volkswagen Contact Center in the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium, two weeks ago. The van was locked and no one seemed to be able to open it up for us, but we snapped a handful of photos to give readers a better idea of what it looks like in the metal.