Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trabant - Old East German Paper Car - by Trabant.Ca


The Trabant is a car that was produced by former East German auto maker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in Zwickau, Sachsen. It was the most common vehicle in East Germany, and was also exported to countries both inside and outside the communist bloc. The main selling points was that it had room for four adults and luggage in a compact, light and durable shell and that it was fast (when introduced) and durable. With its mediocre performance, inefficient two-stroke engine, noxious fumes and production shortages, the Trabant is often cited as an example of the disadvantages of centralized planning; on the other hand, it is regarded with derisive affection as a symbol of the failed former East Germany and of the fall of communism (in former West Germany, as many East Germans streamed into West Berlin and West Germany in their Trabants after the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989). It was in production without any significant changes for nearly 30 years with 3,096,099 Trabants produced in total. In 2008, Time magazine rated the Trabant as one of the 50 worst cars ever made. - Wikipedia

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O Trabant foi produzido na Alemanha Oriental pela extinta fábrica East German Auto Maker. Esse carro foi o "fusquinha" da Alemanha Oriental e exportado para os países do Bloco Comunista e para alguns vizinhos ocidentais. Os pontos altos deste carro: cabiam quatro adultos e bagagem em um modelo compacto, carroceria leve e durável e era considerado rápido para sua época. O nome Trabant significa satélite ou companheiro, camarada, e foi inspirado no satélite russo Sputinik. - Wikipedia

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