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Trabant: The East German car remains iconic | DW | 30.04.2021


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You can find more information in our data protection declaration.The production of the classic East German car, the "Trabi," halted on April 30, 1991. The car's moment in the spotlight came with the fall of the Berlin wall, as citizens of the DDR spilled over the newly open East-West border in their "Trabis." There are still some 33,000 Trabants roaming the streets of Germany today.There's no stopping this faithful old model. According to a song by German punk band WIZO: "Whether limousine, estate or coupé - the coolest car is a Kadett B." It seems 2.7 million customers agreed, making this one of Opel's most successful models. An affordable price tag meant the car also attracted attention in the United States.Initially produced for the German army, VW marketed the Type 181 as a multipurpose leisure car for young people. The car's moment in the spotlight came with the fall of the Berlin wall, as citizens of the DDR spilled over the newly open East-West border in their "Trabis." There are still some 33,000 Trabants roaming the streets of Germany today.There's no stopping this faithful old model. According to a song by German punk band WIZO: "Whether limousine, estate or coupé - the coolest car is a Kadett B." It seems 2.7 million customers agreed, making this one of Opel's most successful models. An affordable price tag meant the car also attracted attention in the United States.Initially produced for the German army, VW marketed the Type 181 as a multipurpose leisure car for young people. Metal was in short supply in the GDR, so the Trabi's carmaker used the raw materials that were available at that time — at least the car couldn't rust completely...Although there were plans for further development — and East German engineers even came up with prototypes — GDR leaders halted the production of new, enhanced models. Inevitably, the East German car industry could not keep up with the West, so the Trabi was condemned to remain the dirty, noisy exhaust blower we've known to this day. The model became world famous when the Berlin Wall came down, as thousands of Trabis lined up to freely cross the border from East to West Germany in 1989, making it the "car of the year." Still, despite its charged symbolism, the Trabant disappeared from Germany's roads quickly afterwards.Western cars were sleeker, and the modern automobiles appealed to the reunited nation far more than the compact, less comfortable old-fashioned vehicle. Opel has been producing cars there since 1992, along with numerous new suppliers that call Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt their home.Read more: In Germany, old divisions die hardWhile Germans are known for their love of luxurious cars, in the eyes of many, the Trabi remains a cult car.

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