1916 - 1966

DKW

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Established in the early 20th century by Danish engineer Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen, DKW carved its niche in the automotive landscape with a penchant for innovation and engineering excellence. Initially set up in Chemnitz, Germany, Rasmussen’s venture blossomed from a steam-driven vehicle experiment into a manufacturer renowned for its two-stroke engines—an industry standard in the pre-war era.

DKW’s automotive journey gained substantial momentum in 1928 with the introduction of the DKW Typ P, a small car that not only democratized motor vehicle ownership with its affordability but also boasted a pioneering front-wheel-drive system. This model laid down the foundational principles that would drive the brand’s success and influence in the developing car industry.

As part of the Auto Union conglomerate formed in 1932, which later evolved into the modern-day Audi, DKW contributed significantly to the Auto Union’s reputation for technical prowess. However, the brand’s prominence waned post-World War II, transitioning its focus from cars to motorbikes before fading into the annals of automotive history.

Today, DKW’s legacy endures primarily through the technological innovations it introduced and its role in the foundational stages of Audi, marking an indelible imprint on the automotive world despite its own brand’s dissolution.

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