Reuters - Video

EDITION: U.S. | U.K. | IN

Tech Videos

World's biggest car delivery center

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 02:41

April 4 - The two gleaming glass towers of Volkswagen's Autostadt, or car town, house technology which automatically moves cars from VW's Wolfsburg plant to the towers, to the customer center where they are collected by their owners. Joanna Partridge reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

Picking up a new car usually involves a trip to the dealership. But people who've bought a new Volkswagen can watch it being delivered to them automatically. That is - as long as they travel to VW's theme park - located next to its headquarters in Germany. The glass towers of the Autostadt - or car town - are the world's biggest car delivery centre. They've become an icon in Wolfsburg, an hour's train ride from Berlin. The cars are built in the plant next door, then transported by conveyor belt to be stored in the towers before being handed over to their owners. PTC: "The technology inside the towers was developed just for Volkswagen. It's also a way of storing a large number of vehicles in a relatively confined space - twenty cars on each of the twenty levels." Robotic arms rotate from a central beam to move the vehicles into parking spaces within the towers. 400 vehicles fit inside each tower, helping VW deliver around 600 cars every day, over 175,000 in 2011. . Visitors can experience the ride their car takes in a glass cabin. Lino Santacruz-Moctezuma is the Autostadt spokesman. SOUNDBITE: Lino Santacruz-Moctezuma, Autostadt spokesman, saying (English): "The car towers have become, or have been from the very beginning, the landmark of the Autostadt. You can see them from kilometres away, and slowly but surely they have also become an icon for the Volkswagen Group." The cars are carried on a track to the customer centre to be fitted with license plates and finally collected. Franz-Josef Goecke has come to pick up his new Tiguan. SOUNDBITE: Franz-Josef Goecke, New Volkswagen owner, saying (German): "One of the reasons for coming was that I wanted to see how the cars are made here, and the dealer told me about the museums and other things to see here." Like the many other drivers from Germany, neighbouring Austria and Holland, Franz-Josef can drive away with zero kilometres on the clock. VW is Europe's biggest car maker and is focussing on sales in emerging markets like China for growth. Its premium brand Audi already is market-leader there. The towers are proving popular. 37 percent of new VW buyers from Germany come to collect their cars from Wolfsburg, should that figure grow there's space to build two more high-tech towers. Joanna Partridge, Reuters

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

World's biggest car delivery center

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 - 02:41

Top News »

Editors' Picks »

Most Popular »

Business »

Moving Pictures »

Dance of the northern lights Dance of the northern lights

Mon, 20 Oct, 2014 - (1:08)

Images of September Images of September

Thu, 02 Oct, 2014 - (1:00)

Still missing – MH370 Still missing – MH370

Fri, 05 Sep, 2014 - (2:05)

Burning Together Burning Together

Mon, 01 Sep, 2014 - (2:23)

Mending dolls, teddies and hearts Mending dolls, teddies and hearts

Fri, 22 Aug, 2014 - (3:12)

Images of August Images of August

Fri, 29 Aug, 2014 - (1:00)

"Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay "Old timers" sail the Chesapeake Bay

Mon, 11 Aug, 2014 - (2:27)

Burned memories Burned memories

Fri, 08 Aug, 2014 - (3:02)

Images of July Images of July

Fri, 01 Aug, 2014 - (1:20)

World Cup: passion on the pitch World Cup: passion on the pitch

Fri, 11 Jul, 2014 - (1:00)

Oddly Enough »

Christie's opens new Shanghai office Christie's opens new Shanghai office

Wed, 22 Oct, 2014 - (1:13)

White lion cubs unveiled to the public White lion cubs unveiled to the public

Tue, 21 Oct, 2014 - (1:01)

Ebola Halloween getup stirs controversy Ebola Halloween getup stirs controversy

Tue, 21 Oct, 2014 - (1:14)

Cuddly Ebola toy almost wiped out Cuddly Ebola toy almost wiped out

Mon, 20 Oct, 2014 - (0:34)

New MoMA exhibit cut out for Matisse New MoMA exhibit cut out for Matisse

Thu, 16 Oct, 2014 - (1:28)

London's Frieze art fair tests your senses London's Frieze art fair tests your senses

Thu, 16 Oct, 2014 - (1:28)

Paris streets become gallery for Plato-inspired sculptures Paris streets become gallery for...

Wed, 15 Oct, 2014 - (1:21)

Music project helps low-income kids even before birth Music project helps low-income kids even...

Tue, 14 Oct, 2014 - (1:33)

Reuters Investigates »

Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead" Re-homing victim: "I could have been dead"

Wed, 19 Feb, 2014 - (8:24)

Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest

Fri, 10 Jan, 2014 - (4:01)

"Passed around like a dog" "Passed around like a dog"

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (6:32)

Adopted, then abandoned online Adopted, then abandoned online

Thu, 29 Aug, 2013 - (13:21)

How the DEA keeps its secrets secret How the DEA keeps its secrets secret

Mon, 05 Aug, 2013 - (1:36)

How education lost its role as the great equalizer - Reuters Investigates How education lost its role as the great...

Mon, 17 Dec, 2012 - (7:52)

Jihad Jane: From abused child to American jihadist - Reuters Investigates Jihad Jane: From abused child to American...

Sun, 09 Dec, 2012 - (10:01)

Jihad Jane: The order to kill - Reuters Investigates Jihad Jane: The order to kill - Reuters...

Mon, 10 Dec, 2012 - (10:39)