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


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.