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Italien 1920 bis heute
Karosseriewerk Zagato in Terrazzano di Rho bei Mailand

The company was established at the end of the World War I by Ugo Zagato, putting aircraft industry construction techniques to use in the expanding market for passenger vehicles. Zagato's cars were advanced in design and became synonymous with light weight and excellent aerodynamics. 

Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia immediately realised the advantages of his rakish, streamlined designs. A collaboration followed which saw the creation of a series of legendary racing cars, such as the Alfa Romeo 1500, then the 1750 Gran Sport, and the 2300 8C. 

After the World II, Zagato was very much active on this field of GT cars,a new racing category. Avant-garde styling, together with light weight and wind-cheating lines were main features of Zagato's models for the leading sports car manufacturers of that era - Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari, and Aston Martin. In addition to the cars that were produced officially in small series, the company also built exclusive one-offs and prototypes for other illustrious marques, such as Ford, Jaguar, MG, Rover, Volvo, Bristol, and Rolls-Royce.

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Zaporizhzhia Automobile Building Plant went down in the history of Ukraine as a first-born of domestic combine-building, then it became the first company in the country, which mastered manufacturing of small class vehicles. The plant was growing, constructing, rising from the ruins, modernizing, re-profiling, retraining, but kept going forward, following the main course directed for manufacturing of high-quality domestic vehicle.

The chronicle of Zaporizhia Automobile Building Plant started when the colonist Abraham Koop, Dutchman by birth, established a company specialized in agricultural machines and equipment. 

Melitopol Engine Plant was established for manufacturing of stationary internal-combustion engines (today it is the structural subdivision of CJSC "3A3"). 

Zaporizhzhia Plant with "Kommunar" name started manufacturing grain combines and other agricultural machinery. 

Beginning of passenger cars manufacturing in Ukraine. Totally (from 1960 to 1994) there were 3,422,444 "Zaporozhets" vehicles manufactured in Zaporizhia and engines with air-cooling in Melitopol. 

Serial production of "Tavria" family passenger cars was started in Zaporizhia and manufacturing of engines with liquid cooling - in Melitopol. 

The Joint Ukrainian-Korean Venture with Foreign Investment in the form of a Closed Joint Stock Company "AvtoZAZ-DAEWOO" was registered. Manufacturing of a new "Tavria-nova" car was started. Works on production preparation were completed and SKD assembly of the European level vehicles "Lanos", "Nubira", "Leganza" was started in Illichivsk Plant of Automobile Units (SSS "IPAU"). 

The plant changed the form of ownership and became the Closed Joint Stock Company with Foreign Investment "Zaporizhzhia Automobile Building Plant". 

Significantly new production has been created in the company. Full-scale manufacturing of VAZ -21093 and VAZ-21099, "Lanos (T-150)", "Opel Astra G" cars was started. 

"3A3" designers developed Lanos-pick-up car; production facilities of the SSS "IPAU" were prepared for manufacturing of "I-VAN" buses on the basis of "TATA" vehicle chassis. 


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Jugoslawien 1953 bis heute
Crvena Zastava (Rote Fahne) in Kragujevac
astava is a Serbian manufacturer based in the city of Kragujevac, 86 miles (138 km) southeast of Belgrade. The company began collaborating with Fiat in 1955 to assemble versions of its cars for Eastern European markets. The firm also manufactures military and sporting small arms, most of them based on Russian or German design; like the LKP-66 sporting rifle (based on the semiautomatic Russian SKS) the LKP-96 (based on the AK-47) and the LP M70 and M85 series (based on the German Mauser 98 bolt action.) The Zastava bolt-action rifles are sold in the USA by the firm of Charles Daly.

The company is best known for its locally built versions of the Fiat 128..

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Deutschland von 1997 bis heute
Die Firma Zauber-Tuning GmbH, ein Unternehmen der Kraftfahrzeugbranche in Langenbrettach, wurde im September 1997 gegründet. Hauptgeschäftszweige sind die Entwicklung, der Bau, Vertrieb und Verkauf von exklusiven Fahrzeugen für die Strasse und die Rennstrecke, sowie der berühmten Lotus Super Seven der Marke Westfield.

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Rußland 1960 bis heute?
siehe auch SAS oder Luaz
Gebaut in der Stadt Saporoshje am Fluß Dnjepr
1863 The beginning of the chronicle of Zaporozhye automobile plant. The company grew out of four small plants of the German colonist J. Koop, which specialized in production of agricultural machines and equipment.
1921 The plant, restored after the Revolution and Civil war, restarted its operation under the name "Kommunar", and in three years began producing 24 types of agricultural machines.
1929 The first domestic grain combine is manufactured. Totally 129 724 combines were produced during 1930-41, 1947-52. Until 
1959 The beginning of passenger car building in Ukraine. On June 18 of this year ZAZ-965 "Zaporozhets" pilot sample was produced, and in a year its mass production was started...

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The Ford Zephyr was a car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in the United Kingdom. It was a larger saloon to complement the Ford Consul. The Zephyr and its luxury variant, the Zephyr Zodiac which appeared in 1955, were the largest passenger cars in the British Ford range from 1950 to 1971 before being replaced by a larger Ford Consul and Granada...

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Russland 1950-57
Molotow-Automobilwerke in Gorki
Das GAZ-Werk in Gorki trug eine zeitlang zusätzlich den Namen Molotovs. Bei einem Fahrzeug, dem GAZ-12, schlug sich das in der Typenbezeichnung nieder.
Der 1950 bis 1957 gebaute ZIM lag etwa zwischen dem 'Probeda' und dem 'ZIS' und war eine Schöpfung Andrej Lipgarts, der auch die Entwicklung des 'Probeda' geleitet hatte.

Der Molotov-Sechszylinder hatte ein etwas barockes Styling und darf als Vorgänger des 'Tschaika' angesehen werden. 

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USA von 1950 bis heute
In the 1950s Mr. Paul Zimmer (no relation to Art Zimmer) started the Zimmer Manufacturing Company. The product was manufactured housing, houses constructed in a factory. The company grew and prospered. By the mid 1980's the company had sales of over 325 million dollars, with 14 manufacturing plants spread across the county and employed several thousand employees. Zimmer homes were the top of the line, the most expensive and highest quality of all manufactured homes.

In the late 1970s Zimmer manufacturing diversified into several additional "fun" businesses. These divisions included the manufacturing of luxury yachts, motor homes, RV-recreational vehicles and van conversions. Each new Zimmer product developed the reputation of being the highest quality product available in the market.

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Russland 1946 bis heute
ZIS = Zavod Imeni Stalina, ab '46
ZIL = Zavod Imeni Lichatschev ab '56
ZIL = Zavod Imeni Likhacheva (Russian: Likhachev Factory) is a major Russian truck and heavy equipment manufacturer, which also produced armored cars for most Soviet leaders, as well as trucks, buses and tanks. The company also produces hand-built limousines and high-end luxury sedans in extremely low quantities, primarily for the Russian government. ZIL passenger cars are priced at the equivalent of models from Maybach and Rolls-Royce, but are largely unknown outside the CIS and production rarely exceeds a dozen cars per year.

Avtomobilnoe Moskovskoe Obshchestvo (AMO) was founded in 1916. The first truck was produced in 1924. In 1933 the factory changed its name to Zavod Imeni Stalina (ZIS). After Stalin's death in 1956 they changed again to Zavod Imeni Likhacheva (ZIL).

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The Ford Zephyr was a car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in the United Kingdom. It was a larger saloon to complement the Ford Consul. The Zephyr and its luxury variant, the Zephyr Zodiac which appeared in 1955, were the largest passenger cars in the British Ford range from 1950 to 1971 before being replaced by a larger Ford Consul and Granada.

The Mk III range was made from 1962 until the completely new Zephyr/Zodiac Mk IV was released in 1966. This car was a design that more resembles one of the later Consul/Granada range with V-engines and individual rear suspension.

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Deutschland von 1950 bis 1958 (Automobilbau)
ZÜNDAPP = "ZÜND"er und "APP"aratebau, Nürnberg und München

Zündapp was a famous German motorcycle brand. The company was originally founded in 1917 in Nuremberg by Fritz Neumeyer, together with the Friedrich Krupp AG and the machine tool manufacturer Thiel under the name "Zünder- und Apparatebau GmbH" as a producer of detonators. In 1919, as the demand for weapons parts declined after World War I, Neumeyer became the sole proprietor of the company and two years later, he diversified into the construction of motorcycles. The company folded in 1984...

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Deutschland 1974 bis ?
siehe auch Wikipedia - Amphicar
Gründer: Hanns Trippel, Zweckmobil Deutschland GmbH

see also AMPHICAR
The Amphicar was the only amphibious automobile ever mass-produced for sale to the public. The German vehicle was designed by Hanns Trippel, creator of the war-time Schwimmwagen and manufactured by the Quandt Group at Lübeck and at Berlin-Borsigwalde. Its name is a combination of "amphibious" and "car".

The Zweckmobil T74 (1982)
The prototype had an Opel 1900 cc 4 cilinder and a limeded slip differential. and two propellers for water propulsion. 

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