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Techno Classica Essen

The Worlds Greatest Classic Car Show

March 21 - 25 2012

Essen, Germany

2011 Event - 178,300 visitors from 41 countries! 1200 exhibitors from 28 countries! Over 110,000 square metres of exhibition floor space in 17 halls! Approximately 2500 automobiles for sale! Over 130 presentations from clubs and museums!

With their group brands, the Volkswagen Group traditionally occupies the large hall 7 of TECHNO-CLASSICA - just as this year. Nine brands from seven European countries belong to the group, providing for total sales to the amount of 126.9 billion Euros (2010): Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Scania. Except for the commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania, all VW brands are presented directly adjacent to each other from 21st to 25th March 2012 at TECHNO-CLASSICA. They are joined by the Autostadt, which however, as an own Volkswagen affiliate without brand status, plays a special part, and for the first time, Dr. Ing. h. c. Porsche AG, whose classic division was previously presented in exhibition hall 3.

The key topic of the VW Group brands in this year is "Sporting Elegance" - elegant, sporting automobiles and of course competitive vehicles are in the focus.

The Volkswagen brand exhibition stand with a size of about 400 square metres will impressively illustrate the issue of motor sports with seven rally cars:
· WRC Polo - the current rally car by Volkswagen emphasises Volkswagen's return from the cross-country race "Rally Dakar" (formerly Paris-Dakar) towards the rally world championship - building the bridge from classic to modern times at the Volkswagen brand exhibition area.
· Golf I GTI Rally ("Pierburg-Golf") - the VW Golf GTI Pierburg, which with the Swedish rally world champion Per Eklund won the 5th overall rank of the Monte Carlo Rally 1980 and the Group 2 category, was revived by Volkswagen Classic as a replica true to detail.
· Golf II Rally GTI (Triumph Adler) - with this rally Golf, Kenneth Eriksson and Peter Diekmann won the rally world championship of Group A in 1986.
· Golf II Pikes Peak - this Golf equipped with a plastic body started with 625 HP from two turbocharged 1.6 litre engines for the Pikes Peak mountain rally in 1987.
· Mille Miglia Beetle Ovali 1956 - VW reconstructed the Beetle according to original documents and drawings, which in 1956 with mechanics from Porsche tried its luck with the Italian classic racing company. In the last year, the Ovali started with a powerful 75 HP engine at the Mille Miglia Storica - and will also participate again this year.
· Salzburg Rally Beetle - rally Beetles prepared by the former Porsche-Konstruktion KG in Salzburg created a furore from 1970 to 1974. With their 1.6 litre Beetle engines of 120 HP, they had some succés d'estime at international rallies and in 1973 Warmbold/Häggbom achieved the largest success of the rear engine bolide with the overall victory at the Elba Rally. Ten of these Beetles were sold in 1974 and only a few examples have survived. Most of the "Salzburg Beetles" which exist today are cars reconstructed on the basis of normal Beetles. The Salzburg beetle presented at the VW exhibition stand however is demonstrably one of the very few genuine race cars, which at that time fired up the established competitors on the race tracks.

As in the previous year, entertainment is provided in 2012 on the Volkswagen brand area: there are photo and film presentations of all brands of the Volkswagen Group in a tower, and those who like to have their photo taken in a classic ambience, can take home the print of his/her portrait as a souvenir. In addition, computer terminals are installed for visitors of TECHNO-CLASSICA to virtually submerge into the world of Volkswagen Classic - and thus be able to enjoy pure infotainment. And those who want to know for sure, can get detailed information in personal discussions with team members of Volkswagen Classic. A rest area with a beverage bar is integrated in the exhibition area. Of course, the legendary VW curry sausage - it is offered right next to the exhibition stand of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

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