Zwickau is one of the few cities where motor vehicles and vehicle parts have been successfully developed and produced for more than 100 years. The foundation was laid by automotive pioneer August Horch, who had "A. Horch & Cie. Motorenwerke AG" entered into the Zwickau commercial register on 10 May 1904. In 1909 Horch founded his second company here with Audi. Together with DKW and Wanderer, both makes merged in 1932 to form AUTO UNION AG, at that time the second largest motor vehicle company in Germany. After the Second World War, it was above all the Trabant that consolidated Zwickau's reputation as an automotive city. Over 3 million units of the now legendary two-stroke vehicle were produced between 1957 and 1991.
This rich history continues today with Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH, the many supplier companies or the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau - University of Applied Sciences, which also calls itself "the automotive university".
Visitors can experience the rich tradition in an impressive way, especially in the August-Horch-Museum. Fans of historical and current vehicle rarities will also certainly get their money's worth at one of the automotive events, such as the Schwanenklassik, the classic car drive of the Zwickau's university, the Saxony Rally, the International Trabant Driver's Meeting or the Saxony Classic.