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WTF Friday Marathon: 2009 Frankfurt Show Gets...Trabant?

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Trabant electric car concept for 2009 Frankfurt auto show

Trabant electric car concept for 2009 Frankfurt auto show

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Of all the dead car brands interred in the automotive history books, what's the one you'd least expect to be revived?

Not so fast, Mr. Auto Union. Our first pick above all is Trabant, the unloved East German fabricators of the awful sedans that hailed from the GDR until liberation from tyranny in 1989. Remember when the Wall came down? And how moments later, Trabbis littered used-car lots as Ossies realized what they were missing (mostly BMWs and Benzes, along with first-run episodes of Cheers)?

Now, a German company with the rather itchy name of Herpa says it will reconstitute the Trabant brand at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. They'll show a "New Trabi" prototype to lure investors in their scheme to restart the brand in its hometown of Zwickau, which rolls off the tongue with the usual German lyricism, no?

The concept will "sport" an electric drivetrain, a solar panel for battery recharges (perfect for powering up during those long, sunny winter days in Rostock), and a driving range of--well, they're claiming 156 miles. Our guess: less usable range than Patricia Arquette in Medium, with nearly as much aggravation.

[Automotive News]

 
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  1. Marty. That picture shows an unusually high belt line - an strange location for door handles. Was this meant to be a cartoon?
    What is the reference to Patricia Arquette about? The show MEDIUM is popular enough that CBS took it over. Are you suggesting that Pat has a limited range of acting? Tsk tsk - somewhat OT.
     
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  2. @Carl: I don't Patricia Arquette is especially off-topic, but I think she's a poor comparison.
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    The Trabant was a clunky, awkward, moving vehicle that wreaked havoc on a handful of Eastern Bloc nations. Patricia and her immediate family, on the other hand, use clunky, awkward movie vehicles to wreak havoc on most of the civilized world. Hell, Rosanna Arquette alone is responsible for the worst song ever written in the English language -- Toto's "Rosanna". How can one dinky, dead car company compare with that level of evil?
     
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  3. The electric drive train just means this is an early April Fools joke. However, trying to harvest a modest amount of brand equity from the Trabant isn't a bad idea. Maybe they can buy some existing platform to modify? Think of how much publicity they would garner running a couple at the 'Ring.
     
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