Volkswagen buyers in the Netherlands will soon have the opportunity to get their hands on a brand-new 2012 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus. That's right, the original hippie van will be available brand-new in Holland as a 2012 model.

How is that possible? Well, while the buses went out of production a long time ago in Europe and the states, South Americans have been enjoying unfettered access to the Type 2 (currently sold there as the Kombi) for decades. The Type 2s slated for the streets of Holland will be built in Brazil with their South American-market counterparts and then shipped to the Dutch market.

As you can see, the T2 hasn't been changed much to make it more suitable for modern families.That spare tire on the front end, however, is anything but. The van's air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine has been replaced with a more modern 1.4-liter inline four, and the "spare tire" is actually an air filter that obscures placement of a front-mounted radiator.

For now, these camper-only vans are only scheduled to be available only in Holland, but they'll be eligible for registration anywhere within the European Union. We think things will stay that way, so don't expect any to make it Stateside.


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      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang - hardly changed at all, (except for that goofball new front grill.) We had a 1977 kombi with no middle seat and the fold down bed in back, cable actuated 4spd stick and the first year of fuel injection on the then 2.0l flat four. That thing hauled everything - lumber, firewood, bunches of kids.. Not a single airbag, no antilock, crap EGR valving so you'd have to compression start the thing half the time in the cold, no radio, only the front windows rolled down, and all of 98hp on a good day.
      jennw2ns
      • 3 Years Ago
      None stateside? Lame! I totally want one!
      Ricardo Paes De Barr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm from Brazil and like many of you just don't get my the hell brazilian VW still produces it here. The Kombi, apart from feeling extremely old and cheap, it's quite a expensive vehicle for what if offers - costs as much as a VW Polo, Fiat Punto and Chevy Astra. It's simple to figure out why it happens: buyers who need it for transport and commercial services simply don't have any other option, at least in Brazil. Ford sells Transit, Fiat, VW, Renault and many others sell transport vans like these but they are much more expensive choices. For 40k reais, Kombi seems reasonable for many people who seek a commercial vehicle, specially small companies in big cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
        Tweaker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ricardo Paes De Barr
        You answered your own question. It fits a niche. Affordable and large enough.
      Artistmac
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Not suitable for modern families"!? What's different about modern families from those in the '70's except the clothes and the hair? Just shove the little rug rats in and go! And yes, I know they should all be in the back, buckled into child-safety seats. Good Lord. This country's gone totally PC soft.
      Ricardo Paes De Barr
      • 3 Years Ago
      asd
      Dean
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it back to the US as well. While we're at it, let's get the original Beetle back on the road. Nothing like brand new nostalgia!
      Rick Bruinsma
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only for a short period, at the end of 2012 ABS and Airbags are requierd for brand new cars in Brazil! :)
      • 3 Years Ago
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        jj360
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd like to see the papers of the immigrants you descended from. Instead of hating on the vulnerable it would be great if you chose to do something positive. I know, it requires an ounce of strength...
          tinted up
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jj360
          I'm a fully papered American you butt plug. Not everyone had to sneak into this country as you would imply. A lot of people (European immigrants) were simply forced to get back onto the boat if they weren't allowed passage and had to cruise by the Statue of Liberty a second time. In summation, jj360 is a butt plug.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        So lame...
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh, unless you're a Native American, as in Indian, you're a descendant of an immigrant like everyone else in this country.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hum, does it really need a Hitler mustache?A little insensitive no?
        ChrisTT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Hum, do you really need to be so obsessed with Hitler that you see him or parts of him when you're looking at a car?
          Shiftright
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ChrisTT
          Did I say Hitler? I meant Charlie Chaplin...damn auto correct!
          Art
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ChrisTT
          Ha! I just saw it in the last picture too.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      It should be available in the states. Good for the Dutch. You should be able to drive anything you want. And for those saying how unsafe it is, live a little! You are protecting yourself and saving yourselves for what? The coming apocalypse??? Life sucks, about time you realize it. Look around! We're at the threshold of hell!!!
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      This appears to be using archaic technology, which makes me question how this can even pass 2011 crash safety standards. Those bumpers would never pass in the US for example in a 5mph collision, and in Europe they even have to take pedestrian impact into consideration, which doubt the wheel up front is particularly forgiving. Does this even have disk brakes?
      e46mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      We don't need any more these roving roadblocks in US.
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