Volkswagen AutoPavilion hits 200 000 Visitors One
lucky person was taken by surprise this morning when she unknowingly
became the 200 000th visitor to the AutoPavilion – Volkswagen of South
Africa’s popular heritage centre. This is almost exactly six years
after opening next to the factory entrance in Uitenhage. Also known as
the “Place of cars and legends,” it is still the only automobile
discovery centre on the continent and only the fifth in the world.

Avril Muller and Johan WagnerA happy Ms Avril
Muller from Uitenhage, who celebrated her 26th
birthday yesterday (27 April), received a R1 000 gift voucher to spend
in the AutoPavilion boutique.

opened the doors of this architectural masterpiece in March
2004, investing millions in creating a unique museum to capture
Volkswagen’s heritage. Since then, school groups, students, foreign and
local tourists have been arriving in droves. On average around 3 000
visitors a month came to enjoy the nostalgia, high technology and
edutainment the AutoPavilion offers. This figure also rises
significantly during school holidays and over the festive
season. Combined with a fascinating factory tour twice a day,
it soon became one of Uitenhage’s most popular tourist attractions and
a ‘must see’ for all car enthusiasts.

The AutoPavilion
features a nostalgic as well as a high-tech collection
of cars, including unique vehicles, prototypes and record breaking
cars. Highlights include a cut-through new Beetle that opens and closes
as well as a VW Nardo W12, a world record breaking super car – one of
only two ever made.

Other highlights include 27 static and graphic displays and over 20
interactive exhibits.

A lot of the interactive exhibits are designed to entertain while
educating – a science now called edutainment. Such exhibits include
brainteasers, quizzes to test your general knowledge, hands-free
screens showcasing the VW Global Group, and much, much more.

The distinctive building has been featured in architectural magazines.
The interior design and exhibits have been carefully planned and
orchestrated with internationally experienced exhibition designers
working closely with the AutoPavilion’s management and curator.

And in the spirit of the upcoming World Cup, management decided to add
a bit of fun to the event and will give an even bigger prize to the
202010th visitor through the doors. Droves of foreign tourists are
expected during the World Cup and so even more interesting and special
exhibits and cars are planned, and will be shipped in from Germany. One
of these is a Dakar Race Touareg which won this most grueling
international desert race in Argentina and Chile.

The AutoPavilion is open weekdays from 08:30 – 16:00 and on the first
Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 13:00. Factory tours must be

Contact AutoPavilion.

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