• From The BBC:

    A German consortium is developing a slick, updated version of the Trabant, communist East Germany’s famously unreliable mass-produced car.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…

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