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New Trabant in Sight
Small, sturdy, likeable and full of symbolism: No other vehicle is as closely connected to the German history as the Trabant. Since 1990, Herpa has produced several hundred thousand Trabant examples as quality models in the 1/87 scale – making the Trabi one of the most successful miniature models of all time. On November 7, 2007, the Trabi turned 50. Hardly any other historical vehicle stirs that much interest even today. Reason enough for Herpa to lobby for the Trabant’s future.

Within the scope of the “Initiative newTrabi”, the first step was taken by purchasing the copyright of the “Trabant” brand from the Trabant-Register e.V. society. Afterwards, the “Initiative newTrabi”, presented at the IAA 2007 in Frankfurt enjoyed a worldwide positive feedback.
Herpa manager Klaus Schindler at the TV Show

Only four months after presenting the design draft, Herpa has laid the foundation to expand the initiative newTrabi. The technical coordination and inclusion of additional Saxon companies for the development, respectively realization, is taken over by the company IndiKar (Wilkau-Haßlau, Zwickau/Saxony district) - competent as system vendor of specialty vehicles, vehicle components and prototypes for the automobile industry.

With IndiKar and their network-partners from the “Autoland Saxony”, it is the goal to present a modern Trabant successor as original-sized prototype at the IAA 2009. Currently, a full-size prototype is being prepared. The wishes of the cult car’s many enthusiastic fans are incorporated in the development as well as the car enthusiast’s expectation for a trend-setting technology. The newTrabi is supposed to be an eye-catcher with history and charm - innovative, handy and economical.”
newTrabi enters mass production

In February 2008, on request of thousands of fans, the Initiative newTrabi took the next step. And for all who would like “to have something in hand”, the forerunners “en miniature” are already available from Herpa. As miniature model in the classic collector’s scale 1/87 (H0), made in Germany and made of “plastic” of course.

Also a lot of things are happening with the “newTrabi” in 1/1: The newTrabi team is currently in the modeling stage for the new exterior design, at the same time, the body structure is developed via CAD and the preparations for building the prototype are underway. For that, we have to find and include possible new partners for the individual components and development stages, and an investment concept needs to be worked out. So far, everything is on schedule and the next, decisive step is lined up: The prototype stage. We will continue our report as soon as the financing for this next step is resolved with a positive outcome. Keep your fingers crossed!

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