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Trabant is back....

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Wido Rossen, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. The worst car of the last century is back.

    http://www.autoweek.nl/autonieuws/12616/Dit-is-de-nieuwe-Trabant ( Dutch only )

    The new model is electric with solar panels on the roof - in stark contrast to the fume-belching original.

    Makers plan to unveil a prototype of the car at Frankfurt's international motor show in September.

    The Trabant was first produced in 1957. Discontinued in 1991, the old cars have since developed a cult following.

    The original idea for the new car began with with Herpa Miniaturmodelle, a producer of miniature cars and aeroplanes that made a popular model version of a new Trabant.

    'Ecological and economical'

    The prototype of the full-sized car has been developed by specialist auto company IndiKar, which is based in eastern Germany.

    It joined a consortium with Herpa and German engineering company IAV, and the firms are now hoping to raise funds to produce the new car for the market.

    Herpa's Daniel Stiegler said the prototype would be a simple model with no unnecessary frills, but otherwise quite unlike the communist-era version.

    "The original Trabant was a small, stinky car," he told the BBC. "Now we have an e-Trabant which is ecological and economical."

    The car will be similar in form to the miniature produced by Herpa, but not identical.

    Solar panels on the roof will be used to provide air conditioning.

    The consortium is either hoping to attract interest from a major car maker who could help produce the new Trabant on a mass scale, or smaller investors who could allow the model to be made as a more specialist product.
  2. Kevin Ascher

    Kevin Ascher
    #47 Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    20th century :)
  3. Thank you Kevin.....now a know how old i am.
  4. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member


    Man that thing looks cool!!!!

    So after the Mini, 500 and the Beattle another classic car is back!

    Renault bring on the DS please ;D
  5. And when your at it , for me the Renault 8 Major...thank you.
  6. My eyes... it buuuurns.... :excruciating: :p
  7. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    How can you not like this car :D
  8. Lol I wonder how it handles

    ps: I cant read Dutch :(
  9. Omer Said

    Omer Said
    Weresloth Staff Premium Member

    This is a nice cute car. A suitable one for driving in city traffic. But i prefer FIAT Bis to this :)
  10. Just saw the car now, and...

    ...is it smiling? :p
  11. wait till some manic german tuner replaces the e-motor with something that has 4 or 6 cylinders then it will even more smile
  12. Very nice! Much better looking than the last concept, which was awful imo:D

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  13. peter that was the first concept the otherone is the newer build and probaly the final :)
  14. Why is this car the worst car of last century?
  15. Good question! I also don't think it's the worst car! Maybe it's slow, unsafe, and won't save the Earth with it's exhaust smoke, but:
    -it has a funny sound:D (2 stroke version of course)
    -definitely has style!
    -very cheap, and very cheap (and easy) to repair!

    Top speed is not much more than 100km/h, and you reach that in more than 30 seconds, but hey, it's still going!:)

    It has a huge fan-club over here! I know a guy who's collecting Trabis.

    I personally like the Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101) and the old Skodas (100,105,120) better though.
  16. HAHA! What a cool car!! must be cool to drive around :D I hope the new one sports a better engine :D
  17. Found an old commercial:)