DKW F102

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DKW F102
MHV DKW F102 01.jpg
Manufacturer Auto Union GmbH
Production 1963-1966
53,053 produced[1]
Assembly Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car (D)
Body style 2-door saloon
4-door saloon
Layout FF layout
Engine 1175 cc straight-3
Transmission 4-speed manual
all-synchromesh [2]
Wheelbase 2,499 mm (98.4 in)
Length 4,280 mm (169 in)
Width 1,618 mm (63.7 in)
Height 1,449 mm (57.0 in)
Curb weight 910 kg (2,010 lb) -
945 kg (2,083 lb)
Predecessor Auto Union 1000
Successor Audi F103

The DKW F102 is a car that was produced initially by German manufacturer Auto Union GmbH and later by Volkswagenwerk AG after Volkswagen acquired the Auto Union brands from Daimler-Benz AG in 1964.

DKW F 102

The last European-built Auto Union 1000 and 1000S models were produced in July 1963 and the DKW F102 was presented as a replacement model in September 1963. Volume production of 2-door F102s did not begin until March 1964: four-door cars joined them on the production line in January 1965.[3]

The F102 was the last Auto Union model developed before the Volkswagen take-over, and the last to bear the DKW badge. Under Volkswagen control, the F102 provided the basis for the later F103 models, which were sold under the Audi name, a pre-war Auto Union brand which had lain dormant for two decades. The F103 was initially sold simply as the "Audi" and later "Audi 72", and 60, 75, 80, and Super 90, before Audi became re-established as a brand in its own right.

The F102 featured state-of-the-art two-stroke technology for its time and a unibody of modern design. Nevertheless, the market of the 1960s shunned two-stroke engines as old-fashioned. The F102 in consequence sold below the company's expectations and was the source of huge financial losses, resulting in Auto Union's parent Daimler-Benz's decision to offload the company to Volkswagen. By the time Volkswagen had acquired a majority interest in Auto Union in 1965, some 30,000 unsold F102s were being stockpiled. Due to this situation Volkswagen was forced to implement a radical change in 1966. The production of two-stroke engines was ended, with the last F102s produced in March 1966, by when 52,753[3] or 53,053 had been produced.[4]

The F102 was redesigned to accommodate a four-cylinder four-stroke engine, which had been developed by Mercedes-Benz. At this point the DKW brand was abandoned, and the F102 mutated into the Audi F103, the first new Audi model since 1938.


  1. ^ "DKW F102". Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  2. ^ Cardew, Basil (1966). Daily Express Review of the 1966 Motor Show. London: Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd. 
  3. ^ a b Werner Oswald: Deutsche Autos 1945–1990, vol. 4, ISBN 3-613-02131-5, p. 421
  4. ^ Sources differ.

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