By Fabrizio Panico
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Santa Claus brought me a few more 1:18 scale promotional models for my collection, here are a couple of nice Mercedes-Benz by Norev.
Mercedes Benz A-Class AMG-Line 2018
It is a long time since Mercedes-Benz gave birth to the first A-Class. It is now more than twenty years ago that the company made its first venture in this sector of the market. The first generation (W168, 1997-2004, facelifted in 2001) was a real revolution: a five door hatchback featuring a front wheel drive layout and an unusual tall and short body, with a “sandwich” floor, allowing the engine to slide underneath in the case of a frontal impact. After the failure of the infamous “elk test” Mercedes-Benz was forced to stop sales and add electronic stability control. The second generation (W169, 2004-2012, facelifted in 2008) with a revised body added a three door version and a lot of safety equipment. The third generation (W176, 2013-2018, facelifted in 2016) radically changed the A-Class image. It was now a subcompact executive car, having grown by 68 cm since the original model it was longer than the first-generation B-Class and designed to be a direct competitor to the BMW 1 Series. The fourth generation will be the first A-Class offered in the United States and Canada, and will also be the first to be offered both as a hatchback (W177) and sedan (V177), and as a long-wheelbase sedan exclusive to China (Z177). The renewed style is now in line with the look of the other cars of the German brand, the internal fittings are uprated, the body size has grown again from the previous generation. The shape of the sides is now less nervous and there is a styling line that climbs gently from the front wheel to the rear. The interiors are now very technological. Two petrol engine and one diesel engine versions are available, with four different versions: Executive, Business, Sport and Premium.
The Norev miniature is manufactured in die-cast zinc with plastic parts in China. Original CAD data was used to create the moulds and it is hand assembled from over 120 individual parts. All models are painted in authentic colours. The two-tone seats are notable as are the floor mats and the pockets on the doors. It represents a 2018 AMG-Line version, from the Edition 1 Package, reference B6 696 0428 in matt grey (designo mountain grey magno), B6 696 0429 in white metallic.
Equipment includes AMG-Line exterior and interior, a panoramic roof ,and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in 5-spoke design. Doors, bonnet (by a remote button) and tailgate can be opened. Inside the interior and boot floors are flock-lined. A small screwdriver is also included in the package, and a sort of glove to prevent fingerprints on the windows or bodywork.
Mercedes Maybach S 650 cabriolet 2017
The ultimate in open-air exclusivity. A limited edition of 300 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2016, with a price tag of about 300,000 euros. As many will remember the Maybach company was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son, as a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH (of rigid airships fame), and acquired in 1960 by Daimler-Benz. Maybach returned as a standalone ultra-luxury car brand at the end of the 20th century, but after very slow sales Maybach became (in 2015) a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, and the name was seen on an ultra-luxury edition of the S-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 650 is based on the S-Class cabriolet classic shape, updated with a new front bumper and many chrome highlights as well as special badges all over the body. It sits on new 20 inches “bichromatic” forged wheels. The interior is a leather “paradise”. Waterfall-like seat upholstery has diamond quilting on the seat side bolsters. Really thick floor mats are fitted and every S-Class optional extra is there as standard. No need to fully specify all the exclusive items and gifts you’ll get for your money. The power train is a six litre biturbo V12 engine with a 7G-tronic transmission, delivering 630 hp.
The Norev miniature faithfully reproduces every aspect of the real S 650, sporting the same features already seen on the A-Class miniature. It is die-cast from moulds prepared using CAD data and hand assembled. Doors, bonnet and boot can all be opened, and in the boot you’ll find four luxury suitcases, a bespoke Maybach luggage set. The hood is faithfully reproduced. The model is available in designo zircon red (reference B6 696 2450), and in designo diamond white bright (reference B6 696 2451). The Maybach logos are beautifully reproduced. As usual, screwdriver and glove are included in the package.
Two very nice and true to life miniatures, thanks to Mercedes-Benz and Norev.
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