perjantai 20. heinäkuuta 2012

Auto Union 1000 - 1961

Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupe 1961
 Auto Union oli saksalaisten neljän automerkin: DKW:n, Horchin, Wandererin ja Audin yhdistymä, joka valmisti tavallisten autojen ohella myös kilpa-autoja. Se perustettiin 1932 Zwickaussa. Sittemmin Auto Unionista on muodostunut nykyinen Audi. 
Auto Union 1000 Limousine 1961

Auto Unionin neljästä renkaasta koostuva logo kuvastaa neljän valmistajan fuusiota.Auto Unionin kilpa-autot autot olivat menestyksellisiä Grand Prix -kilpailuissa 1930- ja 1940-luvuilla.Auto Union jatkoi autojen valmistamista aina vuoteen 1962, jolloin Volkswagen osti Auto Unionin ja yhdisti sen Audin kanssa. Audin viralliseksi nimeksi tuli "Audi NSU Auto-Union AG", joka lyhennettiin 1985 "Audi AG":ksi.

1958 was a turning point for the company. Firstly, it saw the return of the Auto Union brand, represented by the Auto Union 1000, a small saloon. At the same time the Auto Union 1000 Sp, a stylish coupé model, was produced for Auto Union by the Stuttgart coach builders, Baur. Secondly, Daimler-Benz acquired 87% of Auto Union, taking complete control in 1959. The production of DKW motorcycles and two-stroke engines ended almost immediately under Daimler-Benz ownership, who invested heavily in the Ingolstadt plant for Auto Union production, one of the first products of the merged company being the DKW F102 series, which used a Mercedes engine.
Auto Union 1000 - 1961

 Auto Union production at Düsseldorf was ended, and the plant became the centre of production for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles - a role which it continues to the present day.Auto Union 1000 Sp 1958 - 1965 However, as prosperity began to return to West Germany, and as West German products gained valuable currency through export to the rest of Europe and North America, Daimler became increasingly worried that Auto Union's only market for its two-stroke products, without massive investment, would be impoverished East Germany.
In the USA the cars are sold by Mercedes Benz dealers 

Two-stroke engines became less popular towards the middle of the 1960s as customers were more attracted to the more refined four-stroke engines. They began selling shares, which with the agreed help of the West German Government, were acquired by Volkswagen.

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