Owners of the iconic Kombi van have expressed outrage at the recent comparisons to the Sydney Monorail.
In his rejection of the monorail being of value to Canberra, ACT Light Rail chair Damien Haas said that the monorail carriages are like ‘sitting in a row of old Kombi vans’.
“This is extremely offensive to Kombi owners everywhere,” said Heinrich Mann from the Canberra Kombi Club.
“Sure, there are some similarities. The German consortium Von Roll Habegger built the Sydney Monorail, so they share a similar heritage, and thus we expect the same level of engineering precision and reliability.”
“However, Mr Haas seems to infer negative connotations with his comments. I would suggest that Mr Haas has never sat in a Kombi, otherwise he would not make the comparison. The Kombi is a very comfortable automobile for sitting, and some of them even have beds.”
Despite monorails being portrayed as complete folly in an early episode of The Simpsons, local governments and councils across Australia are scrambling for a chance to buy the deprecated monorail.