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Changing their focus, in 1919 DKW produced a two-stroke engine, designing what would underpin much of the company’s motorcycles and automobiles for the next five decades. Nicknamed, Des-Knaben-Wunch (child’s wish), the DKW two-stroke engine found its way into the company’s first motorcycle, called Das Kleine Wunder, the little wonder. It was a coup, and by the end of the 1920s, DKW was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world.

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