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Amazing Autostadt Numbers

Think about the Ford Edge, and not the 2019 Edge ST (the one with the 355-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, standard all-wheel drive and sport-tuned suspension) because it doesn’t count in this context: Don’t think of this Edge ST That is, in 2017 Ford sold 142,603 Edges in the U.S., which is up a smidge (i.e., 0.8 percent) over the number it sold in 2016.
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Think about the Ford Edge, and not the 2019 Edge ST (the one with the 355-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, standard all-wheel drive and sport-tuned suspension) because it doesn’t count in this context:

2019 Ford Edge ST

Don’t think of this Edge ST

That is, in 2017 Ford sold 142,603 Edges in the U.S., which is up a smidge (i.e., 0.8 percent) over the number it sold in 2016.

What is interesting about that number is putting it in the context of this number: 142,770.

That’s the number of vehicles that Volkswagen delivered at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany in 2017.

Autostadt1

Photo credit: Leitzke, Matthias

The Autostadt is an automotive “theme park and education center” located just across a canal from the massive VW Wolfsburg manufacturing facility. Where new cars can be picked up for delivery.

And that happened 142,770 times last year.

In 2017 2.22-million people visited Autostadt. Obviously not all of them to pick up a VW from one of the two 48-meter high glass towers that the cars are stored in prior to delivery. (There are as many as 500 cars delivered at the Autostadt Customer Center each day.)

Autostadt2

Photo credit: Landmann, Lars

And 142,770 represents about 25 percent of all Volkswagen-brand vehicles delivered in Germany.

Can you imagine that many people attending an automotive-focused theme park in the U.S.?

The German car culture can’t be underestimated.

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