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Hard facts in East and West

Room 5 of the exhibition focuses on the development of the automotive industry in both German states after their founding, highlighting similarities and differences in the relevant automobile and motorcycle industries. Development initially proceeds in parallel, with motorbikes and cars in both countries being based on models from the pre-war period. We illustrate how – despite the wealth of new ideas, technological progress and the extent of popular motorisation – the two halves of Germany begin to drift further apart within a few years due to the differing economic and political conditions.