Artega Automobile

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Artega Automobil GmbH & Co. KG
Former type GmbH & Co. KG
Industry Automotive
Fate Bankruptcy
Founded 2006
Founder(s) Klaus Dieter Frers
Defunct 2012
Headquarters Delbrück, Germany
Area served Worldwide
Key people Peter Müller
CEO
Products sports cars
Employees 50 (2010)
Website www.artega.com

Artega Automobil GmbH & Co. KG was a German sports car manufacturer based in Delbrück, Germany. Founded by Klaus Dieter Frers in 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy in July 2012.[1]

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Artega GT

The Artega GT was released at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. It was previously thought that another sports car producer was the last thing that the auto industry needed given the economic downturn of late 2008 and early 2009 in which new car sales decreased cataclysmically, but Klaus Dieter Frers, producer of Artega, announced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show that Artega was investing in a possible concept vehicle that included solar powered drivetrain-engine. Frers, with help from Henrik Fisker who also designed the Aston Martin DB9, wants to compete with Tesla Roadster and Fisker Karma, both electric luxury vehicles. The price tag of the Artega GT is at €74,948 or $104,000 in Germany with taxes. The car is powered by a VW 300 Hp 3.6 liter V6 direct-injection engine located right behind the driver and produces maximum torque of 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) at 2400/min. The Artega GT is weighted at 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) without passenger. Artega claimed that the GT could sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds and with a top speed of more than 270 km/h (168 mph). The Artega GT Coupe borrows styling from both Porsche and Ferrari. Artega Automobil has a close relationship with Volkswagen (March 2008). Artega currently has one model set for production, the Artega GT. [1]

On January 25, 2010, Artega was purchased in whole by Mexican investment firm Tresalia Capital. With change of control Dr.-Ing- Wolfgang Ziebart (Former Head of Continental AG and Infineon AG) is now CEO of the Artega. Klaus Frers left the company at the same time.[2]

In March 2011, Artega unveiled an electric version, called the Artega SE (for Sports Electric). It has a motor of 280 kW (380 hp), and a 310 kg (683 lb) water-cooled battery of 37 kWh at 350 Volt. It weighs in at 1,400 kg (3,086 lb), more than the engine version, but accelerates slightly faster. Range is between 200 and 300 km, depending on driving style. Artega says that the price will be 150,000 euro (approx. US$ 212,500).[3]

As of September 30, 2012, Artega ceased production of the GT.[4]

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Artega Automobile at DMOZ

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