Trabant nT wins at „Deutschland – Land der Ideen“

The “Trabant nT” is one of the prize winners of the ideas competition “Land der Ideen” (Germany – Country of ideas). From 2,200 ideas, an independent jury selected the newTrabi project. Furthermore, the team was awarded the price in the special category “Gelebte Einheit” (practiced unity).

Patron Federal President Horst Köhler
The initiative „Deutschland – Land der Ideen“ emphasized the strengths of Germany as location for industry and reflected the essential characteristics of the Germans: Imagination, creativeness and visionary thinking. Patron of the initiative is Federal President Horst Köhler who created the phrasing “Land der Ideen”: This is curiosity and experimenting as I perceive it. It is courage, creativity and going for something new without excluding the traditional, stated the Federal President.

The Trabant nT team was additionally awarded the price in the category „Gelebte Einheit“. Due to the 20th anniversary of the German Unification the discretionary award was proclaimed as ambassador for a cooperation of East and West. It is supposed to illustrate, in which diversity unity is practiced twenty years after the fall of the wall. Highlight of the award is a winners’ event around the project, which will take place on December 3, 2010.

More information on the initiative “Deutschland – Land der Ideen“ can be found at:

At the IAA 2007, Herpa presented the „newTrabi“ idea

Broad media and audience interest have made the worldwide recognition of and sympathy for the Trabant abundantly clear. 12,000 visitors were interviewed individually – 94% would like to see the newTrabi make a return as a hip and state-of-the-art automobile.

Initator Klaus Schindler
Compact, sturdy, likeable and full of symbolism, no other vehicle is as closely connected with the history of modern Germany as the Trabant. Since 1990, Herpa has already produced several hundred thousand examples of the Trabant as quality models in the 1/87 scale – making the Trabi one of the most successful miniature models of all time. Hardly any other historic vehicle stirs so much interest and emotions even today - which is why Herpa started the Initiative “newTrabi” for the Trabant’s 50th anniversary in 2007.
Schindler during a TV appearance
At first, Herpa purchased the copyright of the „Trabant“ brand from the Trabant-Register e.V. society and developed the draft of a possible Trabant remake. In 2007, this “newTrabi” model was presented at the IAA in the 1/10 scale. Due to the worldwide positive echo, the “Initative newTrabi” advanced and became a project. Herpa convinced competent partners who started to design a newTrabi concept car with a lot of dedication.
Designer Poschwatta & IndiKar CEO Gerschweski
The automobile designer Nils Poschwatta was so convinced by the project that he even gave up his interesting job with VW. Out of enthusiasm for the newTrabi, he decided to devote himself to the project full-time and came up with the entire design-work for the “Trabant nT”. Ronald Gerschewski, CEO of IndiKar Individual Karosseriebau GmbH and his network partner from the Autoland Saxony have succeeded in developing the concept car for a modern Trabant successor: At the IAA 2009, the “Trabant nT” will be premiered. It is supposed to be an eye-catcher with history and charm and to set a trend as an electric city cruiser.