The first new model to come from relaunched German car maker Borgward will feature plug-in hybrid tech and will be revealed later this year

Once-defunct car firm Borgward will re-enter the automotive industry with a new range of models this year, and will present its first model at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Re-launching the German brand after an absence of more than 50 years, Borgward officials told journalists at the Geneva motor show they will bring a range of “luxurious, inventive and bold,” models to market.

Borgward are back at Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

Following the unveiling of the first model, Borgward says it will introduce up to three new cars annually. The firm’s initial focus will be on Germany and emerging markets - understood to include China and the Middle East - where Borgward will set up local manufacturing plants. For now, the company will make its headquarters in Stuttgart.

While details on Borgward’s future styling and powertrain developments haven’t been revealed, the company has said it is working on a plug-in hybrid system, suggesting that at least part of its upcoming model range will be electrified.

The company is also placing a big focus on in-car connectivity, promising that its telematics concept, dubbed “Multiple Interaction”, will “change the way you think about the car".

The revival of the firm is being led by Christian Borgward, grandson of company founded by Carl F W Borgward. He said: “We are rolling out Borgward cars that are worthy of the name because they are luxurious, inventive, and bold. Just like those of my grandfather.”

Borgward CEO Karlheinz L. Knoss said: “When I first began discussing the idea with Christian Borgward, we kept asking ourselves the same question: “What would have happened if Borgward had endured?

“Unique companies and brands are characterised by passion, a pioneering spirit and enduring values. Borgward personified these attributes instilled by the strong and single-minded personality of Carl F. W. Borgward, his ideas, his products and his visionary business leadership.”

Borgward was founded in 1919 but went bankrupt in 1961 and has not appeared as a name on the global motoring scene since then. Notable models from the company's past include the Borgward Isabessal TS from 1955, the Borgward P100 from 1959 and the Borgward Hansa 1500 from 1949. A Borgward Hansa team also competed in events like the Le Mans 24hr and the Nürburgring 1000km.

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9 February 2015
Probably won't happen but what a dream. An uncle of mine had an Isabella and it was years and years ahead of my father's Riley Pathfinder!

9 February 2015
It's the automotive equivalent of cloning mammoths! And there are good reasons why both died out. I remember Isabellas from my childhood - they were no oil paintings. And neither were they technically cutting-edge. What must it cost to revive a brand that's been replaced by Audi and BMW (and would have to compete with them)??

9 February 2015
Can't argue with either of the views expressed above, but I wish them every success. I'm a bit bored with the VAG/BMW/M-B hegemony, notwithstanding their technical brilliance, and would welcome a new German player to bring something different to the market.

10 April 2015
Daniel Joseph wrote:

Can't argue with either of the views expressed above, but I wish them every success. I'm a bit bored with the VAG/BMW/M-B hegemony, notwithstanding their technical brilliance, and would welcome a new German player to bring something different to the market.

"A range of new models"?.. Borgward must be backed by some very wealthy investors. We're talking billions, rather than tens of millions. Unless Borgwards will be expensive, hand-made cars. In that case there's no need to pre-invest in manufacturing robots etc.

10 February 2015
Okay I know the history, but to a younger ear "Borgward" sounds like a very unpleasant hospital in an episode of Star Trek...

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10 February 2015
I always thought it was a great shame that Borgward folded when they seemed to be on the cusp of something big, especially with the highly advanced P50 saloon.
But how do you introduce an entirely new brand? You can't compete in the mainstream sectors. so is it going to be another Noble? Just the name tacked onto another me-too mid-engined bathtub?
And the name itself is a problem. Nobody knows it these days so it has no connotations. It just sounds a bit ugly and difficult to say if you say it properly.
I do hope it's something interesting and not just another expensive and ludicrously fast sports car for the Stig to drive.

3 March 2015
Was that the lesser-known contemporary of the Borgward Isabella?

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