listen)), was a state that existed from 1949 to 1990, the period when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. Commonly described as a communist state in English usage, it described itself as a socialist “workers’ and peasants’ state”.
The Yugo was a small car made in the former nation of Yugoslavia that survives in the American consciousness as the ultimate automotive failure. Poorly engineered, ugly, and cheap, it survived much longer as a punch line for comedians than it did as a vehicle on the roads.Apr 26, 2018
From 1970-83 he was director of science and technology at Sachsenring and, as such, was responsible for the further development of the Trabant. In 1971 Erich Honecker took over the leadership in East Germany and, once again, “consumer Socialism” was on the agenda.Jul 7, 2013
Stasi, official name Ministerium für Staatsicherheit (German: “Ministry for State Security”), secret police agency of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The Stasi was one of the most hated and feared institutions of the East German communist government.Aug 17, 2021
The new Wartburg was short-lived, its end being sealed by German reunification; production was inefficient and could not compete with West-German manufacturers. Production ended in April 1991, and the factory was acquired by Opel. Some Wartburgs are still used as rally cars.
2002 It was best known for the three-wheeled Reliant Robin, but produced a variety of vehicles over 60 years, including sports cars, convertibles and commercial vehicles. Reliant Motors. Badge of Reliant Motors 1971 Reliant Regal Founders Tom Williams, Eddie Thompson, Defunct 2002 Fate Ending of car production
In fact, the average life cycle of a Trabant was almost three decades, because it took around 12 years of waiting just to get one, and owners took such good care of them over the course of their ownership, often carrying spare parts and tools with them everywhere they went.Dec 29, 2017
Zwickau, Germany; 9 November 1999 (RFE/RL) — The last Trabant rolled off the assembly line at the Sachsenring factory in Zwickau eight and a half years ago. The 1991 model differed relatively little from the first of the more than three million Trabants made since 1957.Nov 9, 1999
Trabants spewed four times as much pollution as typical European vehicles, which meant they did not meet emission standards in other European nations. Many Trabants were sold for as little as a few marks. Others were simply given away or abandoned as families fled to Western Europe.Sep 1, 2021
Trabant has been reliable, mostly 11). Pete Bigelow’s quip suggesting the car would “fall to shambles at a stoplight” is without merit (mostly). Backward by today’s standards, the Trabant was advanced for its time. It was designed with composite body panels fastened to a steel skeleton.Dec 2, 2019