The DKW brand played a key role in making front-wheel drive more popular. When the first DKW ‘Front’ (the F 1) was introduced in February, this was the first occasion on which a front-wheel drive vehicle had been produced in high volume; its first task was to succeed against well-established competitors with rear-wheel drive. Picture: DKW F 8 Meisterklasse of 1939, with twin-cylinder two-stroke engine, 700 cc, 20 bhp, front-wheel drive.
DKW F 1 RoadsterThe 1931 DKW F 1 was the car that introduced front-wheel drive to the mass-produced car for the first time. (Compact power train with its twin-cylinder two-stroke engine, 600 cc, 18 bhp.).
Audi Front UWIn 1933, an Audi with front-wheel drive appeared, to join the DKW `Front´ models on the market: the Audi Front UW Cabriolet with a six-cylinder Wanderer engine, 1963 cc, 40 bhp, built in 1933.
DKW ProductionThe DKW `Front´ front-wheel drive cars were built at the Audi factory in Zwickau from 1931 to 1942. In the late 1930s, as many as 4,800 were being produced every month.
DKW F 89 PBasis for a fresh start: the DKW F 89 P with front-wheel drive (700 cc, 23 bhp) was the first post-war Auto Union passenger car.
Auto Union 1000 SpA typical child of the `economic miracle´, the Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupé, with three-cylinder two-stroke engine (980 cc, 55 bhp) and front-wheel drive, built in 1959.
Audi 60 In 1965, Auto Union announced a new model with four-stroke engine, planned to supersede the DKW two-stroke cars. Its name: Audi. Its technical principle: front-wheel drive.