Das motor city

Das motor city

Forget Detroit, it’s Wolfsburg that has petrol coursing though its veins

It might lack the edginess, the architecture, the musical history – and mercifully the bankruptcy – of Detroit but Wolfsburg is Volkswagen. The city is home to around 120,000 and Volkswagen employs more than 50,000 workers.

It was originally called Stadt des KdF-Wagens bei Fallersleben – City of the KdF Car at Fallersleben – and the heat produced from VW’s power station is pumped around the city to a distance of five miles, providing residents with hot water.

Volkswagen supports the local arts gallery and car museum, sponsors an ATP tennis tournament and the local Bundasliga team, VfL Wolfsburg, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Wolfsburg is also home to the second-biggest tourist attraction in Germany. The Autostadt is owned and run by – you guessed it –

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