2003 Volkswagen Multivan by Wiking

25 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2003 Volkswagen Multivan by Wiking

Wiking’s Lineup of Volkswagen Promotional Models

Ever I first saw Wiking#8217;s all-new model on February 2 at the Nuremberg Toy I wanted to write a review. Now the promotional versions have sitting on my desk for a couple of and I finally found the time to these lines, I face the problem as Jeff Webster did with his Athearn Ford fire truck #8211; to the review from #8220;Awesome.#8221; me for starting with the conclusion, but is one impressive scale car!


Beginning with the introduction of the Passat, Volkswagen went aiming at Mercedes-Benz rather their #8220;natural#8221; mass-market Opel and Ford. Premium was the of the decade. (With a similar in mind, Ford grouped upscale brands in the London-based Automotive Group, PAG.) to help Volkswagen#8217;s new approach was the and emphatically enhanced quality, showed in the reduced gaps the sheet metal, the expensive-looking plastics, and neat touches as BMW-style air vents.

The Passat was a class above its predecessor, more so in the enhanced 2000 and not just in VW#8217;s perception. The Golf IV wore the same as did, to a lesser degree, the Polo. All these cars necessary to prepare the public for the Phaeton luxury car and the 2002 SUV.

The Phaeton even got its dedicated site in the heart of Dresden, the #8220;Transparent Manufactory,#8221; where can follow the final assembly of car in a building that looks like a luxury hotel a mere production site. the previous models#8217; upgrades, it have been almost to sell a € 100,000 car the Volkswagen logo, which #8220;car for the people,#8221; after

With this approach, it was natural for Volkswagen to position the versions of their fifth-generation next to the Phaeton and Touareg. they do not refer to the new people-carrier as the T5, but as the Multivan, clearly separating it the worldlier commercial versions the Transporter name. Perhaps marketing is better than where customers quickly a truck when they saw one the current V-Classes are nothing but Vito vans, and they in every detail.

To underline the position, it is available with the 230hp 3.2-liter V6 known Golf RS, Phaeton and Touareg as as with a new 2.5-liter inline-five producing 174hp. Both are linked to manual or automatic transmissions. The diesel is reported to be the 313hp V10 TDI cut in half.

On the lower end of the range, there are (inline-four) and 130 hp (inline-five) TDIs and the 115hp 2.0-liter gasoline

The comparison to the previous T4 #8211; Multivan (Eurovan in the U.S.) does not reveal too many Dimensions grew modestly, now 192.5 by 75.0 by 77.1 (length/width without mirrors/height) on a of 118.1 inches. The exterior differ only marginally, but are more in line with upscale approach now: gaps, clear-glass headlamps, door-handles, hidden sliding-door and all the other nifty details learned to apply.

The Scale

As debatable as putting the Multivan to side with Phaetons and may be in the world of prototypes, as evident comparison is when the Wiking come into focus. VW promotionals such as the New Beetle and the were nice models, but the marked the departure to a whole new Individually fitted rear-view were a first for Wiking, and as striking was the amount of detail and chrome stripes (painted in to be honest).

These were hardly new as Busch and especially Herpa had them earlier, but in combination Wiking#8217;s excellent paint they truly made for a model. The Touareg went further with its finely model name and engine on the rear hatch, mirrors would stand taking the out of a display case (or out of its box, as it and the side windows#8217; improved just to name a few. The impression was just stunning as perfect as a 1/87th scale currently gets.

The new Multivan is all and more. The 28 parts fit together gluing, quite a rarity for a model and something for which will be thankful. (Not too perhaps as disassembling the model a good chance to break one of the plastic vehicles on the market. It is recommended to start with the and the front side air intakes note the plural!

Afterwards, the model will or less fall apart.) The and rear bumpers are molded as one and they allow for being different from the body, will come in handy for the The interior is as cleverly designed and also fit the commercial versions The rows of seats remove and show the perfect cargo Speaking of the seats, the second-row may also face the third-row after the center-row is turned.

The step probably is a vertically and adjustable steering column. The already features all the details make sense in such a scale, among these the gearlever on the center-console. The dimensions to be perfect to scale. Only the which represent the Comfortline 16#8221; alloys, measure a inch too large.

However, wheels usually benefit a overall appearance, which is true in this case.

the promotional models mentioned the #8220;Multivan TDI#8221; printing on the rear is not a surprise anymore. though, are the two front side air which bear a (silver, chrome stripe and additional detail prints to match the parts. The paint job is very done, and as before, each and color will be painted, be it or standard finish, the former additional clear coating.

Downsides? There are a few, but are of the rivet-counting kind and may be cured by an modeler. The windshield wipers need to be painted flat and the rearview mirrors won#8217;t a bit of silver paint. After the MPV delighted us with the silver-painted section within the taillights, feature is omitted from the

More of a concern, in this is the lack of a freestanding interior #8211; but it is a concern only Herpa and Busch demonstrated this is feasible. Is it necessary? not. The only true appears to be the lack of headrests on the seats.

With gray even this #8211; very small #8211; is almost invisible.

What I say? If you have read the you will know how lovely T5 is. In comparison to Herpa, it must be the special features such as wheels and all the detail printing survive once the model into regular distribution. the price was subject to spirited among collectors as it is more 50% above the Phaeton#8217;s at Volkswagen.

It may be assumed, though, that suggested retail price the same as for previous VWs at 9.50 or US $14.00.

One question remains: At time, there are eight reserved by Volkswagen. Are there customers to buy a regular version Volkswagen offered such a number of models?

I hope will be because the model is it!

Important note: Currently the 1:1 or 1:87 scale Multivans are in the U.S. It is anticipated that the Multivan will make it to the in 2004 or 2005. We’d the Wiking Multivan model to be in by then.

For now, you need a in Germany!

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