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09.19.2013 – Volkswagen The Beetle is one of the newest released diecast cars for Takara Tomy’s Tomica line. The Japanese toy manufacturer acquires the license to produce its incarnation of the second generation iconic VW Beetle.

Prior to that Hot Wheels was one of the first to produce this new version considerably known as The Beetle (A5), which is longer and more masculine than its previous predecessors The New Beetle (1997-2011) aims take design cues from the original.

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The Volkswagen Beetle has different names in other countries, but due to its distinct shape and design nobody would forget what made the German car manufacturer known today if it wasn’t for the legendary People’s Car.

The “New” Beetle For Real

Volkswagen introduced this model in 2011 with model year for 2012 as the successor to the New Beetle launched in 1997 (known previously as Concept 1). The compact car features a lower profile retaining an overall shape recalling the original Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle giving an aggressive appearance. This gives it some stylistic aspects inspired from the nostalgic Beetle design.

This was an attempt to separate itself from the Volkswagen New Beetle, which never approach the success of the first Beetle. The second generation “new” Beetle is longer than the previous New Beetle (now 4,278 mm (168.4 in) and also has a lower profile, 12 mm (0.5 in) lower than its predecessor, and 88 mm (3.5 in) wider. The trunk is now 310 L (11 cu ft), up from 209 L (7.4 cu ft). It shares the "A5" (PQ35) platform with the current Volkswagen Jetta and is built alongside the Jetta, Golf Variant and the old Jetta ("Clásico") at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico.

The previous iteration is based on the Golf IV's larger PQ34 platform with various engine choices. But the current Beetle has a Four-cylinder engine options for the European market are expected to include 1.2-litre (77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)), 1.4-litre (118 kW (160 PS; 158 bhp)) and 2.0-litre (147 kW (200 PS; 197 bhp)) TSI petrol engines, and 1.6-litre (78 kW (106 PS; 105 bhp)) and 2.0-litre (103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)) TDI diesel engines. In addition to the 2.0-litre TSI and TDI engines the North American market retains the 2.5-litre (125 kW (170 PS; 168 bhp)) straight-five engine found in the previous Beetle. This Volkswagen Beetle definitely has the muscle that speaks not only its interior but also harkens to its design.

Tomica's Die Cast Edition

Tomica designated Volkswagen The Beetle numbered #33 coming out with the default yellow and a white variant. But the obvious favorite will be the yellow edition while the white is optional for those who have collected the many iteration that carried the name of the “Beetle.”

Comparing it to the Hot Wheels 2011 premier color it appears to be subdued look due to the wheels being used by Tomica being the standard ones used for the other cars. They could have made it sportier. The same way Hot Wheels made this new bug as intimidating as its last version. But what makes the Tomica version stand out despite its common wheels is the lines and details that follows the real life version.

There were less paint smudges and factory issues compared to the Hot Wheels version released in 2011. The yellow version was an immediate favorite and its probably the best time to celebrate Volkswagen’s forth coming arrival to the Philippines.

Overall Volkswagen The Beetle is gaining quite an attention due to its iconic origins and connection to the original People’s Car everyone fondly knew. But it could have been better if Takara Tomy used better wheels to get that distinct sporty look.

Volkswagen The Beetle is part of the 2013 Tomica series of die cast cars manufactured by Takara Tomy and locally distributed by Bankee Toys in the Philippines with the standard retail price at PhP 169.75 pesos.

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