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AutoPavilion and VW FactoryTour

Visiting the home of the Volkswagen Group South Africa in Uitenhage offers both a nostalgic trip into the heritage of this beloved brand and an exciting glimpse into the future of vehicle technologies.

The AutoPavilion is the on-site automotive museum and expo centre situated at the Volkswagen Factory in Uitenhage. A popular destination for school trips, family outings and motoring enthusiasts, its experiential displays and driving simulators demonstrate how aspects such as solar power, GPS, fuel-saving technologies and vehicle safety features work.

It is also home to a show-stopping collection of around 50 unforgettable vehicles, including the only Volkswagen XL1 hybrid concept car in South Africa!

The oldest in the fleet is a 1938 DKW F-5 Reichklasse, while the Beetles are a perennial favourite with visitors. You can meet Jan, a 1949 Beetle – the oldest original Beetle in
South Africa, and Matti – the last to roll off the local production line in 1979.

Enjoy over 80 years of automotive history – from early Studebakers to the iconic Citi Golf; the original “hippie wagon”, the Kombi; and the Audi S1 Sport Quattro, which changed the face of rally driving in South Africa.

Check out the gift shop for car collectibles and mementos to delight any petrolhead.

VW FactoryTour

This ThinkBlue factory is making major strides in reducing energy consumption, as well as carbon dioxide and VOC emissions as it aims for greater environmental sustainability.

The one-hour guided tour gives you a VIP view of how the new Polo and Polo Vivo vehicles are made. Boasting an annual production capacity of 160 000 units, this futuristic factory and its 4 000 employees and 640 robots are waiting to welcome you!

Opening times:
AutoPavilion – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm
First Saturday of every month, 10am to 1pm.
Closed on Public Holidays.
Entrance is R10 for adults and R5 for children under 16 and pensioners.

FactoryTour – Monday to Friday at 9am, 10.15am, 12pm and 1.15pm.
Free of charge (includes free entrance to AutoPavilion). Bookings essential. For ages 8 years and older only.

December opening times:

Meet the Beetles at the 2018 ™PEople's Port Festival:
Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Sunday, 2 December 2018

December operating hours:
3 - 7 December 2018 08:30 - 16:00
Saturday, 8 December 2018 10:00 - 13:00
10 -14 December 2018 08:30 - 16:00
18 - 21 December 2018 08:30 - 16:00

Festive season closing: 22 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
AutoPavilion re-opens: Monday, 7 January 2019, 08:30

FactoryTours closed for manufacturing shut-down:
Friday, 7 December 2018 - Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Tell your kids about the FactoryTour.
Teachers can book school groups FREE of charge.

Tours available for booking from:
Wednesday, 9 January 2019, onwards

For more information or to book:
Tel: +27 (0)41 994 5941/3
Email: autopavilion@vwsa.co.za

103 Algoa Road, Uitenhage (35km from Port Elizabeth)
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Alternatively contact the TOURISM call centre on +27 (0) 87 095 729


Latitude : -33° 47' 5.80" S | Longitude : 25° 25' 16.16" E


Groups Accepted Yes
Car Parking Available Yes
Day Visitors Allowed Yes
Disabled Access Yes
Children Allowed Yes


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