For decades towbars, cycle carriers, trailers and motorhomes from Rheda-Wiedenbrück have been popular products for leisure, holidays, hobbies and business.
It can be said that Westfalia moves people's lives - since 1844.

Today, Westfalia consists of two companies: Westfalia-Automotive GmbH and Westfalen Mobil GmbH. Both originated from the former company Westfalia-Werke, but today they are legally and economically independent. While Westfalen Mobil GmbH is expanding its motorhomes, the core business of Westfalia-Automotive GmbH includes towbars, wiring kits, coding systems and cycle carriers. 

The Westfalia brand is a synonym for quality, reliability and freedom. With products from Westfalia-Automotive, you can turn every day into an adventure.

The milestones of our 175-year history can be found below in words and pictures.

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1844: Founding of a blacksmith's shop

1932: Invention of the towbar

Production in the early 60s

1966: First detachable towbar (nut system) on the market

1987: Einführung der automatisch abnehmbaren Anhängekupplung (A40V) auf dem Markt

1999: Foundation of Westfalia-Automotive GmbH


2002: First electric retractable towbar in series

2006/2007: Acquisition of the French and Swedish towbar manufacturers Siarr and Monoflex

2008: Cycle carrier "Portilo" comes on the market as the most compact bike carrier

On tour with the cycle carrier

2012: For the seventh time in a row, Westfalia-Automotive has been voted  „Best Brand“ in the towbar sector by the magazine „auto, motor und sport“.

2015: Market launch of the fourth generation of towbars, the Trailer Towing Assistant for the Audi Q7.


2016: Westfalia-Automotive becomes part of Horizon Global Corporation


2023: Westfalia-Automotive becomes part of the First Brands Group