August Horch

August Horch (12 October, 1868 – 3 February, 1951) was a German engineer and automobile pioneer, the founder of the manufacturing giant which would eventually become Audi.

He was born in Winningen, Moselle. He was educated in Mittweida.

He worked for Karl Benz from 1896, before founding "A. Horch & Cie" in November 1899, in Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany.

The first Horch automobile was built in 1901. The company moved to Reichenbach in 1902 and Zwickau in 1904. Horch left the company in 1909 after a dispute, and set up in competition in Zwickau. His new firm was initially called "Horch Automobil-Werke GmbH", but following a legal dispute over the "Horch" name, he was obliged to change the company name. (The court decided that "Horch" was a registered trademark on behalf of August Horch's former partners and August Horch was not entitled to use it any more). Consequently, Horch renamed his company to "Audi Automobilwerke GmbH" in 1910, "Audi" being the Latinization of Horch.

In August 1928, the Danish engineer Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen of DKW acquired a majority holding in Audiwerke. In June 1932 Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer merged to form Auto Union AG, the new company's logo was four interlinked rings, one for each of the founder companies. Horch was on the supervisory board of Auto Union.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • August Horch — August Horch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • August Horch — Naissance 12 octobre 1868 Winningen …   Wikipédia en Français

  • August Horch — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Placa conmemorativa de August Horch en Colonia, Alemania …   Wikipedia Español

  • August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH — 48.78332811.4180357Koordinaten: 48° 47′ 0″ N, 11° 25′ 5″ O …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • August-Horch-Museum — Eingang des Museums Das August Horch Museum ist ein Zwickauer Automobilmuseum zur Geschichte des westsächsischen Automobilbaus. Das Museum ist Ankerpunkt der Europäischen Route der Industriekultur. Inhaltsverzeichnis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Horch — Markensignet seit 1924 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Horch — was the popular name for high performance luxury motor cars manufactured in Germany by the company, August Horch Cie, at the beginning of the 20th century.FounderThe company was established by August Horch, a former production manager for Karl… …   Wikipedia

  • Horch — …   Википедия

  • Horch (Begriffsklärung) — Horch bezeichnet: Horch, einen deutschen Automobilhersteller Horch ist der Familienname folgender Personen: August Horch (1868–1951), deutscher Automobilbauer und Rennfahrer Christoph Horch (1667–1754), deutscher Mediziner und Geheimrat Hans Otto …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • August Herrmann Lange — (* 7. November 1867 in Strehla; † 19. Februar 1922 in Zwickau) war ein deutscher Autoentwickler. Nach seiner Schulzeit von 1874 bis 1884 in Leipzig und einer technischen Ausbildung und Tätigkeit bei der Maschinenfabrik Bleichert Co. in Leipzig… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”