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REMEMBER TRABANT ? | by André Pipa
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Trabant (1957-1991) was an automobile manufacturer from East Germany, the most loyal USSR satellite - Trabant means «satellite» in German, by the way. Trabant cars always had a terrible reputation and were widely regarded to be amongst the worst ever produced. As you can see in the image, Its plastic composite body provided virtually no crash protection. Despite that, they were the most popular vehicles in the former communist satellites (saw a lot of them in Romania, Hungary, Latvia…) and a kind of affection is still attributed to it by many users.


In the nineties, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German Reunification, Trabant became suddenly and indirectly famous when it upset the famous Mercedes Benz Class A while performing the common «elk test» (a sort of slalom with small obstacles on the course). The older, disregarded Trabant perfectly passed the test. Mercedes had consequently to deal with the embarrassment, while the Trabant received an unexpected praise: Trabi ! - Trabi ! Trabi!


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Taken on November 27, 2008