Carlsson Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH is a tuning company founded in 1989 by the brothers Rolf and Andreas Hartge, and formerly known as Carlsson Automobiltechnik GmbH. Carlsson specializes in the refinement of Mercedes-Benz and smart cars.
Eponym of the company was Ingvar Carlsson, the former Mercedes-Benz works driver. Carlsson products, innovations and technical developments are characterized by his racing experience.
At the end of December 2015, the company was taken over by the South Korean automotive supplier Sambo Motors and since then operates under the name "Carlsson Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH".
Since 1995, the company was located in Merzig/Saar at a former manor house (Gut Wiesenhof) from the 19th century. In April 2016, Carlsson Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH moved its registered office to the neighboring city of Saarlouis.
Since 1999, Carlsson has participated in various races and racing series with its own racing team Carlsson Racing, including the Nuerburgring 24 Hours, the Dakar Rally and the VLN Endurance Championship Nuerburgring. The most successful vehicle was the CK35 RS (based on the Mercedes-Benz SLK 350), which ranked 2nd place in the VLN Endurance Championship 2006.
For nearly 30 years now, Carlsson has specialized in the development of alloy wheels, aero parts, suspensions, engine performance and interior refinement. Responsible for the new development of products is the in-house development department in close cooperation with development partners such as Veedol, Vredestein and Michelin.