There are auto brands with poor reputations, like the Yugo, and ones that are synonymous with failure, like the Edsel. But when it comes to notoriously bad car-brand names, Trabant is in a class by itself. The car, manufactured in the former East Germany, was meant to be the answer to West Germany's Volkswagen Beetle, but instead it proved to the world conclusively that Commies can't make good cars. As Time magazine noted in its roundup of the worst cars of all time, the 1975 Trabant "was a hollow lie of a car constructed of recycled worthlessness" that sported a body made of a fiberglass-like substance called Duroplast. So, it's surprising, to say the least, that someone is bringing back the Trabant, this time as an electric car. According to Jalopnik, Herpa, a toy car company, is planning to release an electric Trabant by 2012. The new model, called the Trabant nT, made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. If nothing else, this will provide the right wing in this country with conclusive proof that the green movement and communism are linked.
—Posted by Todd Wasserman