Volkswagen’s 800-Vehicle Car Towers in Germany
The Autostadt is a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, with a prime focus on automobiles. It features a museum, pavilions for the Volkswagen Group’s major brands (VW owns Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti) and two incredible Car Towers.
Each tower is a 60 meter/200 ft tall glass silo used as storage for new Volkswagens. The two towers are connected to the Volkswagen factory by a 700 metre underground tunnel. When cars arrive at the towers they are carried up at a speed of 1.5 metres per second. When purchasing a car from Volkswagen (the main brand only, not the sub-brands) in select European countries, it is optional if the customer wants it delivered to the dealership where it was bought or if the customer wants to travel to Autostadt to pick it up. If the latter is chosen, the Autostadt supplies the customer with free entrance, meal tickets and a variety of events building up to the point where the customer can follow on screen as the automatic elevator picks up the selected car in one of the silos. The car is then transported out to the customer without having driven a single meter, and the odometer is thus on “0″. [Source]
The two Car Towers (AutoTurme) can be explored in an air-conditioned panoramic glass lift. These glazed, highrise garages, each housing 400 new vehicles, are the heart of vehicle delivery at the Autostadt. Inside, patented technology helps transport the new Volkswagen vehicles in and out of their parking bays at a speed of two metres per second.
In the panoramic glass lift a guide adjusts the tempo to halfspeed and the tower discovery begins. You are taken to the observation deck on the 20th floor. From here you have a view of the largest car manufacturer in Europe, the town of Wolfsburg and southeastern Lower Saxony. [Source]
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