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Zwickau museum project approved
Audi and the City of Zwickau establish "August Horch Museum Zwickau GmbH"

    Zwickau / Ingolstadt (ots) -
    - Cross-reference: photo was sent via satellite and is available
    The August Horch Museum in Zwickau has been given the go-ahead:
Audi and the City of Zwickau today established the non-profit-making
company "August Horch Museum Zwickau GmbH", thus paving the way for
the renovation of the historic Audi plant site  and current museum
premises. Zwickau and Audi each have a 50 percent share in the
company. The museum site will be transfered to the company as of 1
January 2000. In the next few years Audi will invest around DM 13
million in the restoration of the buildings - including the August
Horch Villa.
    "We want our history to remain visible in Zwickau", explained Dr.
Franz-Josef Paefgen, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.
"Our company's colourful history means that we have a special
obligation towards the public." The work that will go into presenting
automotive history at Audi's "birthplace" will be particularly
    The purpose of the newly established company is to document the
history of the automotive industry in Zwickau and the other Auto
Union locations, particularly in the German state of Saxony. This
will involve the complete renovation of the museum building, the
upkeep and restoration of the remarkable collection of vehicles, the
reorganisation of the exhibitions and the running of the museum. "We
are delighted that Audi is so committed to Zwickau", stressed the
city's mayor, Rainer Eichhorn. The exhibits are on permanent loan by
the city to the museum company. The 5700 m2 site, with an exhibition
area measuring approximately 3000 m2, houses more than 50 historic
vehicles and 200 exhibits, an extensive archive and the office of
company founder Horch in its original state.
    From 15 December, Audi will also be doing more to emphasise its
presence in Ingolstadt. This is when the "museum mobile", with
numerous exhibits and interesting presentations, will be inaugurated
as part of the company's new form of self-presentation.
    Audi is an international developer and manufacturer of
high-quality cars. The company maintains production sites in Germany,
Hungary, Brazil, China and South Africa. In 1999, Audi sold around
635,000 cars and produced more than 1.2 million engines, bringing in
sales revenues in excess of DM 29.6 billion. The Audi Group currently
has just under 50,000 employees.
    Note: A photo can be obtained through obs (dpa).
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