The German Artega GT sports car, which was first launched back in 2007, continues to be a real head-turner – both on the road and among the cognoscenti – with its still-innovative lightweight structural design and its maker’s special attention to the conservation of resources.
Artega GmbH, to give it its full name, has meanwhile returned to the family ownership of the company’s founder, Klaus Frers, who has taken on the mission of developing the Artega brand and putting the firm’s accumulated know-how to work in creating a sustainable corporate approach for carmakers and their suppliers.
An extra feature was added in 2008 to Artega’s lightweight construction and onboard power-supply architecture: electric traction. Artega can now offer an unequalled range of products, thanks to its programme of cooperation with paragon AG (a supplier of electronics , display and control systems and body kinematics), and a paragon subsidiary called Voltabox Deutschland GmbH (which produces li-ion battery systems and onboard chargers).
The outcome of all this is Artega already creating the intelligent mobility of the future.
Klaus Dieter Frers
Founder, Owner and CEO
After he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering Klaus Dieter Frers worked for AEG-Telefunken in Frankfurt/Main and Seligenstadt in several different positions. From 1983 to 1987 he was in charge of Nixdorf Computer AG’s electronics manufacturing plant as production manager. In 1988 Mr. Frers founded paragon electronic GmbH and in 1999 paragon AG, in which paragon electronic GmbH merged after going public on the German Stock exchange. Mr. Frers received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial activities. In 2000 he was dignified with the “Oskar des Mittelstands”, a highly respected German award for medium-sized enterprises of the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation. In 2006 Mr. Frers received the nomination as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, as well as the distinction as “Premier” of the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation. In 2010 he received the “Kunststoff-Oscar” by the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) Europe for the innovative Belt-Mic.
Mr. Frers started the history of the automotive brand Artega with the presentation of the Artega GT at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007. Right from the outset, the Artega vehicles served as a business card for the paragon Group. The launch of two all-electric vehicles - Artega Scalo and Karo - at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt / Main saw a revival of the brand take place.
Mr. Frers, as managing director of Artega GmbH, is responsible for business strategy and development, production, finance, and human resources.