IAA 1967: New topics, new technology

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NSU points out that the Ro 80 was not developed according to fashionable aspects. Rather, the exterior resulted strictly from the revolutionary technical conception. And besides, they don't want to change the design anytime soon and have not oriented themselves to current fashion trends. From today's perspective: Chapeau - they did it. The Ro 80 is still impressive, its design deserves the attribute timeless. H Here is the current IAA special.

Safety is becoming a major issue

New safety regulations come into force in the USA. This means that international manufacturers are required to revise their cars and give the safety aspect more weight in the case of new developments in order to stay in the game in this important market. And the manufacturers act intelligently - the pressure of the North American market simply turns into new sales arguments. However, usually only the required changes are made. So it happens that the majority of cars continue to drive on the streets with windshields made of single-layer glass. The notable exception is Mercedes. Investments have been made in security for a long time and our own security tests have been carried out.

The situation is similar with the technology, here too the US regulations dictate the developments. Bosch brings an electronically controlled injection system to series production in record time. Here, too, the requirements of the North American market are crucial - the VW engines would not meet the strict emissions guidelines without the injection.

Today the same problems as 40 years ago

Bosch presented new electric motors that are no less powerful than combustion engines. The advantages were already clear back then: quieter, less maintenance-resistant, less space required. In addition, with the impulse control, Bosch offers the option of continuously regulating the engine speed and speed without loss of energy.

However, auto motor und sport formulates the catch: 'How should you 'take' the electrical energy with you? Forthe realization of more powerful and lighter batteries is necessary, presents similar difficulties as the development of fuel cells. As tempting as it is to 'fill up' with electricity at the parking meter or to convert fuel directly into electrical energy - tomorrow and the day after tomorrow nothing will come of it. 'The challenges and requirements for battery technology have changed almost nothing in recent decades /p>

The new BMW from Glas and the farewell to the two-stroke engine

A year earlier, BMW had for 9.1 million Mark took over Glas Automobilwerke. Now the glass models are being trimmed to BMW. The new engine of the BMW1600 ti turns the 1700 GT into the BMW 1600 GT, and the large glass 2600 V8 into the BMW 3000 V8. The grandson of the company founder, Hans Glas, was to remain Plant Manager of the BMW plant in Dingolfing until his retirement in 2004.

Auto Union recognizes that the two-stroke engine no longer has a future in Germany and only presents four-stroke engines in Frankfurt: Auto Union Audi, Audi 80 and Audi Super 90. auto moto r und sport says: 'The market position of the Audi can undoubtedly be expanded - with a car that is bigger, more comfortable, but not too expensive.' - It should only be a year before the Audi 100 is on the market appeared.

New materials and usability - already a topic at the IAA 1967

At that time it was still called ease of use and mainly refers to automatic transmissions. Almost every manufacturer now has their models with automatic or at least semi-automatic gearboxes in their range.

The new fun vehicles such as the Buggy, the Fiberfab or the Delta from Metzeler come with plastic bodies and show the progress made in the processing of automotive engineering relatively new material. The self-supporting body of the Delta I is made entirely of plastic, while many other manufacturers screw or laminate their 'hoods' onto the simple and inexpensive floor pan of the Beetle.


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