Where were you when you heard about the fall of the Berlin Wall? Professor Carl Horst Hahn Jr., 93, stands at the door of his car and pauses for a moment. A small smile flits across the corners of his mouth because he knows that his answer is not especially impressive: “I was at home and learned about it on television.” He pauses briefly and adds: “It was a very good day for the people, not just for those in Saxony.” Why is that? “More later!” The reason for the interruption is that the former CEO of the Volkswagen Group – Hahn headed the Group from 1982 until 1992 – doesn’t have any time right now. He has to take off for the start of the Sachsen Classic, a classic car rally race. Today he is behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo G40 from the Volkswagen Classic collection, whose model year of 1992 references an exciting period of change in Germany.
Jobs Created, Prosperity Earned
A special relationship exists between the former Volkswagen Group CEO Carl H. Hahn and Saxony. He was the head of Volkswagen when the Wall fell in 1989 – and pushed for the construction of new plants in the East. A retrospective: