R12 - Die schwenkbare Anhängevorrichtung
Bequem und immer einsatzbereit!

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The benefits of a retractable towbar

  • Compact: The compact construction and special retractable mechanism make these towbars compatible even for cars with limited available space behind the bumper. 
  • Convenience: The plug on the ball neck makes it easy to wire the trailer or bike carrier into the car's electrical system.
  • Immediately ready for use & almost invisible: The towbar releases in seconds when needed — the rest of the time it is hidden and stored behind the bumper.


R12 - manually retractable with electrical release

  • Comfortable handling
  • Perfect fit and easy to install
  • Maintenance free
  • Safe locking thanks to optical and acoustic signals
  • System works independently -> no additional programming of the retractable module is necessary
  • Safety chain hole easily accessable on the neck (ECE R55 approved)
  • 13 pin car specific wiring kit included
  • Integrated socket holder on the towball neck
  • EC approved



The retractable towbar is the luxury version of towbars. With the simple push of a button it becomes available – no matter if you want to go on tour with your cycle carrier or if you want to go on vacation with your caravan.

IT'S GENIUS: The towball can become invisible without having to be removed and stowed away. So you can never lose it!



Regard our installation video
using the Audi A4 as an example.



A retractable towbar is currently available for retrofitting for the following models:

  • Audi A4 Saloon from year of construction 05/15
  • Audi A4 Estate from year of construction 05/15
  • Audi Q5 from year of construction 02/17
  • Skoda Octavia IV from year of construction 01/20
  • VW Golf VIII Estate from year of construction 08/20

The following models are currently under development and are expected to be available soon:

  • Audi A3 from year of construction 05/12
  • Hyundai Tucson from year of construction 12720
  • Volvo XC40 from year of construction 10/17
  • Volvo XC60 II from year of construction 03/17
  • VW Tiguan from year of construction 04/16


We would be happy to keep you up to date.

Westfalia-Automotive presents the new generation of towbars for the aftermarket. Our project team is working at full speed on retractable towbars for other vehicles.

On this page we will keep you up to date about further developments. Or simply fill out the contact form and we will send you the latest information about our R12 towbars.

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