Jung, dynamisch, unkonventionell - so könnte man den Polo umschreiben. Der kleine Bruder des Golf feiert in diesem Jahr sein 40. Jubiläum. Das AutoMuseum Volkswagen widmet dem Geburtstagskind eine eigene Sonderausstellung, die den Ideenreichtum dieses Klassikers in seinen ersten beiden Generationen präsentiert. Selbstverständlich wird der „Ur-Polo“ von 1975 ausgestellt, aber auch die sportlichen Varianten wie das bis heute sehr beliebte Polo Coupé G 40 und der eine oder andere private Umbau, z. B. zum Derby Cabriolet oder zur verbreiterten Rennsport-Version. Die Schau wird vom 23. Juli bis 4. Oktober 2015 zu sehen sein.
Events at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen AutoMuseum is in a state of perpetual motion: besides an ever-expanding range of exhibits, there is a constant stream of new and exciting attractions in the form of regular special shows, readings or photo exhibitions. Discover the traditional world of Volkswagen. We look forward to seeing you.
Außen klein. Innen groß. - 40 Jahre Polo.
Jubiläumssausstellung vom 23. Juli bis 4. Oktober 2015
Test drives with prototypes.
Regarding the International Museum Day on 17 May 2015.
On Sunday, 17 May 2015, the annual International Museum Day 2015 takes place under the motto "Museum – Society – Future". AutoMuseum Volkswagen is taking part in this event in the context of its special exhibition "Generation Volkswagen. Limited production series. Concept cars. Prototypes." Two development engineers present their future models and will be happy to answer questions about future-oriented research at Volkswagen. In tandem with this, the visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience a test drive as a front-seat passenger in the EcoRacer, a roadster from 2005, as well as in the XL1.
40th Jubilee Meeting in Wolfsburg.
From 14 to 17 May 2015. / 40 Years of the Pretzel Window Club - Anniversary Meeting at Wolfsburg.
40 years ago, a small community of lovers of the "Pretzel Beetle" (with divided rear window) and the generation following it, the "Ovali", banded together to form the Pretzel Window Club (or, in German: Brezelfenstervereinigung e.V.). The club celebrates its anniversary at the place where the car rolled off the assembly line: in Wolfsburg. The presentation of the vehicles will take place on Saturday, 16 May 2015, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the AutoMuseum Volkswagen. The traditional spare parts market is also going full speed here – the spot where Beetle lovers can certainly find one or the other long-sought spare part for their classic car. On Sunday, 17 May, the cavalcade of cars forms all across the factory grounds to create the fitting finale of the meeting. More information on the meeting online at: www.brezelfenstervereinigung.de
Generation Volkswagen. Small series. Studies. Prototypes.
Jubiläumssausstellung 30 Jahre AutoMuseum Volkswagen vom 24. April bis 12. Juli 2015.
The anniversary exhibit covers innovative achievements by the Volkswagen brand from the 1950s to modern times based on 16 prototypes. The technological approaches on display include some that were rejected as well as concepts that were further developed to production readiness. Most of the exhibited prototypes have never been shown before in this form or combination. One focal area is fuel-saving and alternative drives, but the exhibits also show stylistic experiments that were far ahead of their times.
The EA 311 Spezial (in front) of 1966 is a very successful example of the creativity of Volkswagen designers. It paved the way for the later Type 4, which already had a flat engine and unitised body construction. The form of the prototype was absolutely contemporary, and anything but backward-looking.
The Auto 2000 of 1981 anticipated the future. Its exterior evokes the later Passat B3, but it was based on a Golf I. Along with its streamlined form, the car's three-cylinder turbodiesel is also very noteworthy. The prototype was a fuel-saving wonder with a coasting function (freewheeling) and a stop-start system.
The Eco Racer (left in front) of 2005 is a small, two-seat mid-engine vehicle that could be turned into a speedster, targa or coupé, depending on the configuration of the removable roof sections. A 1.5-litre TDI and extreme carbon lightweight design enabled minimal fuel consumption figures in a car that could go 230 km/h.
The NILS (in front) of 2011 is an ambitious research project in the guise of a single-seat wing-door car. The drive system of the city speedster features an electric motor and a driving range of 65 km. Thanks to its solid aluminium spaceframe, it leaves no doubt about its safety capabilities. The car also has ESP, a warning system for the gap to vehicles ahead and visionary infotainment equipment.
30 Jahre – 30 Modelle heißt die zweite Sonderschau zum Jubiläum, eine Kooperation der Internen Kommunikation von Volkswagen und des AutoMuseum Volkswagen. Im Rahmen einer Verlosung konnten 30 Mitarbeiter der Volkswagen AG ein Fotoshooting im AutoMuseum gewinnen. Die Fotografen Matthias Leitzke und Frank Bierstedt setzen die Gewinner an „ihren“ Volkswagen Klassikern gekonnt ins rechte Licht. Besonders begehrte „Fotopartner“ waren Golf GTI, Bulli-Modelle und der Herbie-Käfer. Als zweite Aufgabe sollten die Teilnehmer erzählen, warum sie sich für Ihr Lieblings-Exponat entschieden haben. Die Porträts mit den Statements werden am jeweiligen Modell präsentiert.
Beetle in Sports Kit - 60 years of Karmann Ghia.
Special exhibition from 29 January to 11 April 2015
Die erste große Sonderausstellung des AutoMuseum Volkswagen 2015 widmet sich dem Jubiläum eines eleganten, zeitlosen Klassikers: Dem Karmann Ghia, der in in all seinen Facetten durchleutet wird. Von der Evolutionsgeschichte dieses knapp 20 Jahre produzierten Modells über Unikate, Prototypen bis hin zum großen Bruder, dem Typ 34. Lassen Sie sich in die Zeit des Petticoats und des Rock'n Rolls zurückversetzen.
Thanks to the initiative of coachbuilder Wilhelm Karmann and Luigi Segre, director of Carrozzeria Ghia, 1953 saw the creation of a smart little coupé based on the Beetle. It was presented to the Managing Director of Volkswagen, Heinrich Nordhoff, in an audacious stunt – and he gave it his blessing. It finally went into serial production in mid-1955 and the series was augmented by a stylish convertible two years later. Continually updated with a plethora of detailed modifications, both the coupé and the convertible remained in the Volkswagen portfolio until 1974 at which time they were replaced by the Scirocco.
Collectible cars always find owners who wish to further optimise their pride and joy. Accordingly, examples of the Karmann-Ghia can be found with performance-improved engines up to and including the Porsche six-cylinder, or as pure racing cars, or show cars for night-time street cruising. Recently, some have even been fitted with electric motors, which make for an almost silent drive. Some examples underwent factory customisation at the Karmann works in Osnabrück; a unique interior concept design produced in 1962 is just one example.
The Brazilian subsidiary Karmann do Brasil – where the legendary SP2 was created, which, however, was never officially launched in Europe – was an important site in this context. The little Karmann-Ghia was also manufactured in Brazil, albeit with a few modifications. For example, there was minimal padding in the convertible's soft top, and neither the coupé nor the convertible were equipped with a heating system. The TC 145, which replaced the Type 14, was also built in Brazil: a total of 18,119 units were produced between 1970 and 1974.
In addition to the Type 14, Karmann also ventured on the production of the Series 34, which accompanied the launch of the Type 3 saloon. The spacious coupé with its American looks and rear-mounted 1.5 (later 1.6) litre boxer engine never really succeeded although it remained in the portfolio until 1969. As of 1962 there was even a convertible version available but only 12 of them were ever built ex works. Later, some coupés were remodelled as convertibles by specialist firms.
Karmann's history goes back to 1906 when the first passenger cars were built. Adler and Hanomag were major customers in the pre-war era. After the Second World War, Karmann primarily focused on Volkswagen but also built countless models for Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche and others. The Karmann works in Osnabrück (now Volkswagen Osnabrück) and Rheine, (which has since been sold off), were available for this.
Rally win with 34 hp - Hans Wehner and his motor racing successes.
15 January to 15 March 2015
The small special show by the Volkswagen AutoMuseum Volkswagen from 15 January to 15 March 2015 is a tribute to the motor racing successes of former tax officer Hans Wehner and his Beetle 1200, which was new at that time. Hans Wehner‘s rally adventures started with his victory in the Tour d‘Europe in 1960, a regularity rally which took place in the south and east of Europe. The pictures taken during the tour are contemporary witnesses of the hardships which both man and machine were forced to endure. It was also a milestone for Volkswagen – the company professed to Wehner’s success and used it for advertising purposes. In the meantime, Hans Wehner prevailed in other rallies. www.volkswagen-automuseum.de
Wehner and his co-driver Horst Wilhelm, both in their mid-thirties at the time, were thoroughly committed racing drivers from Wiesbaden. For years, Wilhelm also officiated as a racing manager in Formula 1. Hans Wehner spent the majority of the Tour d’Europe behind the steering wheel; he had fitted a reclining seat on the co-driver’s side. At that time, teams had to make their own arrangements for road maps, visas and foreign currency. Incidentally, the first chance to look at the vehicle in any detail came in Damascus, where the brand-new 34-PS Beetle model was still completely unknown…
Following the successful tour, Hans Wehner showed off his astonishingly fresh-looking Beetle and his collection of trophies at the Volkswagen dealer Rossel in Wiesbaden. The management congratulated him, while Volkswagen Sales from Wolfsburg sent a formal letter of thanks. Wehner continued driving the Beetle with the legendary registration number of WI-HW 65 in races and in everyday life for another three years before changing to an NSU Prinz. And from the beginning of the seventies, he held an honorary post as a race official and racing manager.
Almost identical with a standard model, the VW Beetle not only endured the 10,000-kilometres of the Tour d’Europe without complaint. It also mastered other classic races such as the Spa-Sofia-Liège and Lyon-Charbonnières rallies as well as various circuit competitions – effortlessly and with only occasional mishaps. During the ‘Marathon de la Route’ on the Spa-Sofia-Liège rally in 1962, for example, the windscreen shattered, which led to Wehner and his co-driver Count Matuschka-Greifenclau donning motorcycle goggles to continue the race. And the Count actually took on a pseudonym with fewer letters, so that he could get through the control points more quickly.