Last week, VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus opened a showroom in Sochi in the Olympic Park. Michael Macht, Board member, Volkswagen AG, Marcus Osegowitsch, General Director, VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus, Michael Oeljeklaus, member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics, ŠKODA, Gerhard Schröder, German ex-chancellor, Ilya Averbukh, multiple Russian national figure skating champion, Salt Lake City Olympic silver medalist and VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus ambassador at the Sochi Games, Vanessa Mae, star violinist who recently qualified for the Games in Sochi, Fabio Capello, head coach, Russian national soccer team, sport stars, TV, radio and show business celebrities were present.
Marcus Osegowitsch, General Director, VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus said, “We have done tremendous job to make this happen, and we are proud with our company’s contribution to one of the most significant events in the recent Russian history. We have granted nearly 4,000 Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles cars to the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. These vehicles will be the key transport service providers at the Games in Sochi. Our showcase in Sochi is located right at the heart of the Games and is intended to promote the celebration spirit both for the visitors and for those who have been unable to come to Sochi. To do so, we have arranged numerous ways to broadcast information”.
After the store opening ceremony, visitors watched the premiere run of Ilya Averbukh’s Living Medal Count dancing show. 56 artists participated in the show including Facebook’s VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus nation-wide contest winner. To run thrice a day, the show will inform guests of Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.
“Living Medal Count is a daring experiment, and to a larger extent it goes impromptu”, Ilya Averbukh, the producer, explains. “We are so happy to present such an unusual, vivid and robust performance to the Olympic visitors”.
The showroom’s first level houses the visitor area and an exhibit of Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA, and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles cars. The vehicle fleet used at the Sochi 2014 Games and some new concept cars are also shown.
Sergei Stillavin’s radio broadcasting room in the company’s showroom will be an attraction. Olympic Park’s visitors in the Imeretinsky Valley will see a 12 m high artificial mountain ridge. Experienced “quattro school” instructors will use an Audi A6, and a 4×4 business class sedan to drive 12 m up over a 30 degree slopeto the summit where passengers will glimpse a spectacular view of the Black Sea coast and the Olympic Park.