Kombi / Microbus

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Kombi / Microbus

Post by tomstokie » Thu May 09, 2013 6:58 pm

Been looking at the M-Plate for my bus and it's listed as a Microbus on the decoder

Just out of interest what is the difference between a Kombi and a Microbus....

I'm sure this is a simple question
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Re: Kombi / Microbus

Post by Max Last » Thu May 09, 2013 8:15 pm

There will be somebody who knows along soon, but i believe that microbuses had a full head lining, trim panels to the rear/cargo area and kombi`s where basically panel vans with windows.
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Re: Kombi / Microbus

Post by tomstokie » Fri May 10, 2013 5:07 am

Max Last wrote:There will be somebody who knows along soon, but i believe that microbuses had a full head lining, trim panels to the rear/cargo area and kombi`s where basically panel vans with windows.
Cheers for that, never knew that!
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Re: Kombi / Microbus

Post by Sooty » Fri May 10, 2013 6:44 am

Kombi
Think of a Kombi as a Panel Van with windows and seats
>Very basic
>Dual purpose use as a freight carrying van or a basic passenger bus
>Single colour paint, usually Dove Blue
>No interior panels, kick panels, or headlining - just rubber mats
>Smooth black vinyl seats

Microbus
A Microbus (aka Standard) is a more luxurious passenger bus
>Not intended as a freight carrying vehicle
>Two tone paint, usually Brown Beige over Light Beige
>Interior panels, kick panels, headlining
>Pleated beige vinyl seats

No mechanical differences.

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Kombi

Some people mistakenly refer to all buses as "kombis," when actually it's just one of several models. By definition, a "kombi" is a "kombination" of commercial and passenger vehicle, which could be change functionality with the quick removal of the rear seats. It has 3 windows in the sides of the cargo area, and one in the rear hatch. The rear window on a kombi is smaller than that of a deluxe. There were only hardboard panels for interior in the front cab section, covering the doors, roof, and behind the nose. There were no headliner or carpet, and rear seats were optional. Kombis were frequently used as the basis for campers.
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Re: Kombi / Microbus

Post by Jim the Van » Fri May 10, 2013 9:04 am

That is my new thing learnt for today. :D

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Re: Kombi / Microbus

Post by jayvanman » Fri May 10, 2013 9:57 am

I was going to say that when I have done wooden headlining kits that they work well on Kombi's as they have the slots on the side of the air intake in the cab area, where as the buses have the row of "teeth" to grip healiner.
Sooty wrote: There were no headliner or carpet, and rear seats were optional. Kombis were frequently used as the basis for campers.

Makes sense now.

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Re: Kombi / Microbus

Post by tomstokie » Fri May 10, 2013 4:22 pm

Sooty wrote:Kombi
Think of a Kombi as a Panel Van with windows and seats
>Very basic
>Dual purpose use as a freight carrying van or a basic passenger bus
>Single colour paint, usually Dove Blue
>No interior panels, kick panels, or headlining - just rubber mats
>Smooth black vinyl seats

Microbus
A Microbus (aka Standard) is a more luxurious passenger bus
>Not intended as a freight carrying vehicle
>Two tone paint, usually Brown Beige over Light Beige
>Interior panels, kick panels, headlining
>Pleated beige vinyl seats

No mechanical differences.

Courtesy of Rockstock.


Kombi

Some people mistakenly refer to all buses as "kombis," when actually it's just one of several models. By definition, a "kombi" is a "kombination" of commercial and passenger vehicle, which could be change functionality with the quick removal of the rear seats. It has 3 windows in the sides of the cargo area, and one in the rear hatch. The rear window on a kombi is smaller than that of a deluxe. There were only hardboard panels for interior in the front cab section, covering the doors, roof, and behind the nose. There were no headliner or carpet, and rear seats were optional. Kombis were frequently used as the basis for campers.

Nice one, that answers my question too, cheers Sooty!

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