A Thought-Provoking Film

Author

W.B.

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VW Motors Ltd. entertained their guests to an excellent colour-film in London on December 17th. The film shows how VW cars are constructed in the fine new Wolfsburg factory in Germany, a vast plant — the fourth largest car-producing plant in the world — set amid rural surroundings and beside a wide waterway. Here VWs are constructed by modern methods of mass production, the body-sections spot-welded, and the entire body dropped on the chassis-platform without any need for a wiring-loom being threaded through it. A strong structure results, as “shots” of VWs being rolled over a steep bank proved.

Although the film is concerned mainly with factory technique, the VW is shown in spirited action on the road, a notable and very beautiful colour shot showing these little air-cooled cars devouring a mountain road and passing a Jaguar and other stranded watercooled cars from which clouds of steam are issuing!

The film also shows the line new town, with many amenities, which Wolfsburg has become. It is a film to absorb technicians and please VW owners, but is sheer mass production, so that one feels the need of a 1910 Rolls-Royce for the drive home, as on antidote — W. B.