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What is new at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum? New exhibits, the latest developments, celebrity visitors – we keep you up to date.


How a model car is created.

14 October 2021. The schuco company from Fürth in Franconia has been regarded as one of the most renowned manufacturers of car miniatures for decades. Now employees and visitors of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen had the opportunity to follow the beginning of the development process of a model vehicle. It starts with measuring the original vehicle, in this case a Ford OSI from 1968 - using digital laser technology. For this purpose, half of the car was "glued" with seemingly indiscriminately set reference points, on the basis of which the three-dimensional scanning of the surface was carried out with the scanner. Gradually, the detailed image of the side, front and rear view of the historic classic was put together. From this resulting data, the first 3D model of the vehicle is then created on the screen. For control, a corresponding prototype is then created by hand. If the result, and this usually requires one or the other change, corresponds to the original car model in detail, the molds are built for production. The OSI and two other Ford models are to be presented at the Spielwarenmesse in February 2022 on a scale of 1: 18.


It's back: the Wörthersee Golf GTI calendar.

11 October 2021. The Volkswagen Academy has reissued its popular Wörthersee Golf GTI calendar for 2022. Month after month, one of the now legendary sports cars is presented, which have been created and realised annually by Volkswagen AG trainees since 2008. Included is the current model, a Golf GTE Skylight. Each GTI model depicted is briefly described with its refinements. For the first time, the calendar offers its fan community a special section with details on the unique models. Printed on high-quality paper and in glossy colours, the calendar is available in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen shop at a price of €17.90. It can be sent by post (on request). It can be sent by post on request (plus postage costs of €7 throughout Germany). Please send your order to info@automuseum-volkswagen.de


Electric Golf 1 of the AutoMuseum meets numerous electric vehicles in the Autostadt.

3 October 2021. For the first time, the Autostadt in Wolfsburg invited drivers of electrically powered vehicles to a cross-brand meeting. The majority of today's electric cars such as the ID.3 and the E-Golf were joined by some historic classics with electric motors, such as a recently converted Beetle Cabriolet, second-generation VW Transporters developed in the 1970s and the Electric Golf 1 from the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. A team from Volkswagen Research converted the car, which was originally delivered as a petrol engine, in 1976/77. In addition to an electric motor, he received batteries and a new gearbox. For nine years it served as a test vehicle, several battery systems were tested. In the meantime, it also received a new electric motor with a lower rated speed. The conversions also led to visual changes to the tailgate. Today, it stands for Volkswagen's early commitment to continuously developing alternative drive systems. With success, as the event with satisfied e-drivers and the ID family shows.


Opening of the general meeting of the DS Club Deutschland e. V. at the AutoMuseum.

2 October 2021. This has never happened before. Two automotive fan communities met at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen on Saturday. The Santana enthusiasts (we reported) and the lovers of the Citroen DS, who chose the museum visit as the start of their general meeting. Around ten elegant DSs left the museum's courtyard, both of the first and second series. After a great reunion, staff member Susanne Wiersch took the guests on a tour of the big VW world, which was met with obvious interest. The Citroen DS (in French, the car is feminine) was presented in 1955 under the astonished gaze of the journalists. No wonder, because not only the design of this upper middle-class saloon was more than futuristic. The car also boasted a central hydraulic system for suspension, brakes, gearstick and power steering. The DS was produced in almost the same guise for around 20 years. With the second generation, however, the face changed, thanks to double headlights behind a glass front on the bonnet. By the way, DS stands for "Déesse", goddess, and the classics will always remain such a goddess for their owners.


40 years of Santana. Drivers of this classic car meet at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

2 October 2021. 40 years ago, in September 1981, Volkswagen presented its flagship of the upper mid-size class with the Santana. For Tilman Grund and Klaus Meier of the Santana Center Braunschweig, this was reason enough to invite the fan community of this classic to the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. Around 20 vehicles, including several second-generation Passats, responded to the call and were rewarded with a small special show. The organizers showed a cross-section of Santana history with their own models and numerous artifacts. Tilman Grund reviewed the 40 years in his introductory words of welcome. After a guided tour of the exhibition by employee Susanne Wiersch, the enthusiasts set off for the mill museum in Gifhorn. Not without reason, this was where the press presentation of the luxury sedan took place at the time: With its generous interior dimensions and high-quality equipment, it offered its passengers special comfort. The engine range up to the five-cylinder was also impressive. In 1985, the Santana built at the Volkswagen plant in Emden was renamed the Passat notchback. It is and was also built in Shanghai. The car still enjoys great popularity among the Chinese.


Even more automotive treasures: Porsche Club Hamburg visits the AutoMuseum.

13 August 2021. Now that it is finally possible again due to the pandemic, many classic car clubs invite their members to sociable meetings and trips. This is also the case with the Porsche Club Hamburg e. V., which has devised a wonderful Harz tour. And what could be more natural than to make a detour to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum on the journey from the far north to the low mountain range in Lower Saxony? With their typical boxer sound, around 12 racy sports cars from the Stuttgart brand drove up - including a Porsche GT3RS, a 911 Carrera S. but also a rare classic, the Porsche 944. After a first-class guided tour through the permanent and special exhibition, which enthused the participants and awakened memories of models they had driven in some of them, there was a group photo with their own gems. Then it was on to the garden city of Blankenburg, the domicile for the weekend together.


How the all-wheel-drive LT came about.

27 July 2021. The first generation of the L(asten)T(ransporter) debuted in 1975 as a larger model above the T2. Twelve years later, the version with selectable front axle, off-road reduction and lockable differentials for off-road use appeared. Some of the people who helped birth this version - Karl-Horst Fuhrmann, Holger Ploog, Karl-Heinz Forytta and Uwe Keufner - came to the AutoMuseum to talk about the history of its development. A few other contemporary witnesses made up the auditorium. The "hero" of the event, meanwhile, was Peter Seikel, who further upgraded the LT and won the overall victory in the truck class with it at the Tunisie Rally in 1988. His racing Doka currently enriches the special exhibition "4 GEWINNT". Seikel later became an official VW partner and supported all-wheel drive developments, including the Caddy.


AutoMuseum takes part off the Karmann Ghia meeting at the Autostadt.

25 July 2021. After the great success of the Beetle Meeting in Wolfsburg's Autostadt at the end of June, there was now a new edition for the local fan community of the Karmann Ghia and the Type 3. The latter celebrates its 60th birthday this year. Reason enough for Hilmar Schimenas from the AutoMuseum Volkswagen to take part in the event with the in-house prototype of the Type 3 Cabriolet. The meeting and starting point was the vehicle depot in Vorsfelde, from where the convoy of around 50 elegant classic cars set off on a parade through the town. After about an hour with enthusiastic spectators along the way, the convoy reached the Autostadt. A supporting programme rounded off the day.


Eberhard Kittler's lecture at PS.Speicher: Alaska-Fireland Golf.

23 July 2021. On Friday evening, the Friends of the PS.Speicher opened this year's Einbeck Oldtimer Days with a lecture by automotive history expert Eberhard Kittler. Kittler gave a vivid and pictorial account of Fritz B. Busch's so-called Alaska Fireland Tour in 1974 with the Golf 1, which had just appeared on the market. In addition to the car, which Busch drove himself, a second Golf for the technician and a T2, which held spare parts, were also part of the party. Both exhibits are now in the Volkswagen AutoMuseum and were happy to make the - compared to the Panamericana - short journey to Einbeck for the lecture. The team began the 30,000-kilometre route at the northernmost tip of the American continent, in Fairbanks, Alaska. There, surprised by the freezing cold and the blankets of snow on the roads, the Pirelli tyres (Pirelli was the main sponsor of the tour) could prove their quality for the first time. Without any punctures or engine failures, the Gölfe got through the tour, equipped with filled petrol cans and improved corrosion protection. After adventurous journeys, e.g. up the Andes passes and many a bizarre border control, the vehicles reached the southernmost part of America: Tierra del Fuego, after 90 days with minor injuries such as broken headlights. For both Busch and Volkswagen, this endurance test was to become a success story for the Golf, which after 31 months of production had already reached one million units. Hilmar Schimenas, member of the board of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen, and staff member Susanne Wiersch were happy to travel to the event and listen to Kittler's explanations. Beforehand, the Friends of the PS.Speicher, Günter Diener and Ursula Raschke, had organised a guided tour of the exhibition, which Andy Schwietzer, curator of the museum, did not miss the opportunity to take over himself. Many thanks for the warm welcome and the exciting explanations about mobility. The further programme of the Friends of the Museum can be found at www.ps-speicher-foerderfreunde.de/termine.php.  Wiersch reisten gern zu der Veranstaltung an und lauschten den Ausführungen Kittlers. Zuvor hatten die Förderfreunde des PS.Speicher, Günter Diener und Ursula Raschke, eine Führung durch die Ausstellung organisiert, die sich Andy Schwietzer, Kurator des Hauses, sich nicht nehmen ließ, selbst zu übernehmen. Ein großer Dank für das herzliche Willkommen und die spannenden Ausführungen zur Mobilität. Das weitere Programm der Förderfreunde finden sie unter www.ps-speicher-foerderfreunde.de/termine.php


20 scooter mobiles named Janus 250 at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

23 July 2021. As part of this year's club meeting in the Wolfsburg region, around 40 members of the Janus Club paid a visit to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum. At around 1 p.m., the scooter mobiles drove up and presented both staff and visitors to the museum with an unusual sight. It is not without reason that the small cars, which are around three metres short, are adorned with the double-headed Roman god as their logo: two identical doors at the front and rear as well as two benches arranged back to back are characteristic of the Janus mobile. Thus, although the passengers in the rear drive backwards, they have just as much space and legroom as in the front of the car. The mid-engine of the Zündapp 1957/58 produced scooter came up with a proud 14 hp from a displacement of 248 cc. A total of 6902 units were produced.


New addition to the special show "4 wins.

21 July 2021. Thanks to the support of our colleagues from VW Classic, the special show "4 wins." can present another exhibit as a real highlight: The all-electric ID.R as the forerunner of the ID family. The racing car was designed and built by VW Motorsport. Its first goal was to participate in the legendary US mountain race "Pikes Peak" . There, the car set its first record in 2018, before continuing a year later, modified, on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. Here too, with modified aerodynamics due to the massively different air conditions compared to the American Colorado, the ID.R was able to triumph again with a victory in best time. Its last challenge was the Chinese mountain Tianmen with its 99 hairpin bends, which no racing car had ever driven before. The car also mastered this track with flying colours. It was always driven by Romain Dumas. Volkswagen Motorsport was dissolved in 2021, the racing exhibits have passed into the care of Volkswagen Classic and will be displayed in the AutoMuseum as required. The exhibition on Volkswagen's all-wheel drive expertise can be visited until 31 October 2021. A lecture by former engineers involved in the development of four-wheel drive techniques is planned for the autumn, Corona permitting.


Golf 1 fans meet at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

17 July 2021. There they came: one by one, they rolled into the car park of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen on Saturday morning in bright sunshine: around 50 first-generation Golfs, including numerous Golf GTIs and convertibles, came together after a two-year break for the traditional meeting of the Golf I IG in Wolfsburg. After a cheerful reunion and a big hello, Jan Linnenkamp as chairman of the interest group gave a very warm welcome to the participants and members. And Hilmar Schimenas, Member of the Board of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen, was very pleased about the large crowd of consistently shining classless style icons and the great response of the Golf fan community to the event. As always, people talked shop and exchanged a tip or two. As a special highlight, Eberhard Kittler guided the guests through the special four-wheel drive show "4 wins. The enthusiasts followed his lively explanations with great interest.


70 years old Brezelkäfer visits the AutoMuseum.

16 July 2021. On the 70th anniversary of his Pretzel Beetle to the day, Julius Hochrein gave his gem a special present: coming from near Haßfurt in Lower Franconia, the VW fan drove his 1951 export model on its own wheels to its birthplace, Wolfsburg. And there, of course, a visit to the Volkswagen AutoMuseum was at the top of the agenda. Eckberth von Witzleben and Susanne Wiersch welcomed Hochrein warmly and were delighted that such a classic car had stopped by again after a long time. For Hochrein and his Beetle, it is not the first tour to the Volkswagen stronghold in Lower Saxony. He acquired the car in 1989 and, after three years of loving and detailed restoration, was a guest at the local club's Beetle meetings several times in the 1990s and 2000s. It rightly won the prize for the most beautiful participant's vehicle more than once.


Kick-off of the Beetle Meeting at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum.

26 June 2021. After a break of around two years, the time had come on the last weekend in June: the Autostadt, in cooperation with the 1st Beetle Club Wolfsburg, had invited around 50 "crawling animals" from various parts of Germany to the Beetle Meeting. And the Volkswagen AutoMuseum was part of the party: shortly after eight o'clock on Saturday morning, the first Beetles drove into the museum courtyard with their bubbling sound so typical of the air-cooled boxer engine. The joy of reunion among the participants was enormous, but they were even more eagerly awaiting the start of the first corso of the day to the Autostadt. Once there, there was a premiere for the Beetle fans and visitors, because for the first time at a classic car event, the private historic gems were allowed to present themselves in the park. The colourful programme in the Autostadt culminated in the second parade, a grand tour of the grounds, cheered on by numerous fans. Hilmar Schimenas, Chairman of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation, was there in his jeans beetle, as were Nicole Mommsen and Dieter Landenberger, members of the museum's Board of Trustees.


The Volkswagen AutoMuseum is growing.

25 June 2021. In January 2021, a ship from overseas docked in Bremerhaven. On board was the valuable cargo of a right-hand drive VW 1300 Cabrio from Japan, which has found its new home in the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. Teruko Balogh-Klaus and Michiko Zimmermann from the German-Japanese Society of the Wolfsburg/Braunschweig region warmly received the car on the VW factory premises in Wolfsburg and, together with the museum staff, were delighted with this generous gift from the Japanese owner and Beetle enthusiast. With this donation, he fulfilled the last wish of his father, Motokichi Hirono, that the car would one day find its way back to its German homeland, namely to the AutoMuseum. He visited the vehicle collection for the first time in the mid-1980s and was so taken with it that he made this decision. His son was able to carry out his last wish with the help of his colleagues at Volkswagen Group Japan kk, who organised the transport to Germany. And he did not miss the opportunity to take over the last journey on Japanese soil - from Osaka to Toyohashi - himself. The route from the AutoMuseum to the south road of the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg in front of the striking administration tower was the first tour of its own on German soil for the convertible. Balogh-Klaus and Zimmermann were visibly taken with the car's good condition and enjoyed driving it. For Balogh-Klaus, by the way, this was not her first drive, as she had already sat behind the wheel of a Beetle Cabriolet in the 1960s and was already taken with the car then. The handover of the car to the AutoMuseum also links them to the long-standing friendship and partnership between Germany and Japan, or Wolfsburg and Toyohashi.


AutoMuseum Volkswagen "goes" virtual.

16 May 2021. For this year's Museum Day, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen is going online with its first 360° virtual tour. Experience a time travel through the product history of the Volkswagen Beetle - from the pretzel window to the Ovali to the 1303 and one of the last built models from the Última Edición series. See curious one-offs up close and enjoy a touch of summer with our convertibles. And there's more: get into selected exhibits and learn more about their history in our audio guide, around the clock. Take a look!


It's good to have friends.

29 March 2021. For the special exhibition "4 WINS." that has just opened, the Friends of the AutoMuseum Volkswagen have put in a lot of effort. It all began a year ago with a search through the warehouse to find suitable all-wheel drive technology exhibits. The selected drivelines were then prepared for use by the visitors, in some cases in a practical way. In order to prevent any risk of injury, the members built handmade showcases adapted to the respective size of the power unit. As in previous exhibitions, the vehicle exhibits were also repaired and polished. The preparations culminated with the two-day set-up of the show. The efforts were worthwhile, the presentation of the theme was very well received by press representatives and visitors. Our heartfelt thanks go to all supporters.


"4 wins." Special all-wheel drive show opens at the AutoMuseum.

25 March 2021. Due to the Corona situation, the AutoMuseum Volkswagen opened its new special exhibition on Volkswagen's all-wheel drive technology only in a very small circle with press representatives from Wolfsburg. Hilmar Schimenas, since January this year board member of the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation, warmly welcomed the participants, gave a brief crisp insight into the exhibition and thanked all supporters, especially the lenders. In his element and full of enthusiasm, Eberhard Kittler, former board member of the museum and curator of this exhibition, then introduced the media representatives to the brand's four-wheel competence and its various systems, some of which were used in parallel. In doing so, he liked to highlight the latest studies, such as the Amarok RUV, the all-wheel-drive up! or the BUDDe, which had never been presented to the public before. In doing so, he drew a bow from the beginnings of the engageable all-wheel drive in the Bulli to the syncro and 4Motion models to the near future of electric all-wheel drive. Representing the circle of friends of the AutoMuseum and responsible for the powertrains on display, Martin Mielke was also on hand to answer questions, especially about the concept vehicles for which he was responsible during his active VW days. When asked whether there would be a supporting programme, Hilmar Schimenas said that the museum team had ideas, but that it was corona-dependent whether there could be guided tours or expert evenings during the exhibition, among other things.


Change of Board: Eberhard Kittler hands over the baton to Hilmar Schimenas.

12 January 2021. The turn of the year saw a significant change in personnel at the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation. Long-serving board member Eberhard Kittler handed over the reins to his successor Hilmar Schimenas, who has worked for Volkswagen for over 30 years. While Schimenas has always been involved with current models in the so-called vehicle control centre, he is now looking forward to delving into the product history of around 80 years of Volkswagen. As a native of Wolfsburg, he grew up with Volkswagen, and as the "Golf generation" he knows today's youngtimers all too well from his childhood and youth. His first car was of course also a VW, a black Polo Fox. Taking over the management of a museum in Corona times presents him with special challenges, but Schimenas is sure that he will be able to fill the house with new cultural and automobile-historical focal points in the coming years. He brings with him a number of ideas on how the museum can become more digitally modern in the future. For the first, he is putting on the long-planned special show "4gewinnt. All-Wheel Competence from Volkswagen" of his predecessor and hopes for an opening date soon so that he can also introduce himself personally to the public. Eberhard Kittler has made the AutoMuseum Volkswagen shine in new splendour since 2014. Under his leadership, in addition to numerous special exhibitions and concerts, other formats have been initiated such as the theme evenings on Volkswagen prototypes that influenced the series products. It is above all thanks to Kittler that the Volkswagen AutoMuseum has created a unique selling point for itself with the Engine Cabinet that is coveted beyond the region. He is regarded as one of the most profound experts on automotive history and will remain true to his passion even in retirement.