The number of registered Trabants and Wartburgs in Germany is growing
The highest number of registrations is in the eastern provinces of the country.
There are no car brands that better represent the failed communist project than Trabant and Wartburg.
In the first encounter with Western products, in the early nineties, the industry of the former GDR proved to be inferior and disappeared from the market. Cars and brands that were waited for years, because production did not keep up with demand, suddenly became scrap metal, or plastic in the case of the Trabant.
But an interesting trend is now emerging in Germany - the number of registered Trabants and Wartburgs is increasing, although they have not been in production for thirty years.
As many as 39,342 Tabant vehicles were registered in that country - almost 5,000 more than in 2010, writes spiegel.de.
In addition, there are 8,726 registered Wartburgs, a thousand more than twelve years ago. Most of the registrations are in the eastern provinces of the country.
It is assumed that one of the reasons this is happening is some kind of loophole. Namely, after reaching 30 years of age, these cars can receive the old-timer registration mark, which reduces taxes.
Also, with the Trabant you can enter the centers of many cities (vehicles with higher CO2 emissions are prohibited) because its two-stroke engine emits only 99 g/km of CO2.