In addition to Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, four German universities jointly built a future car as part of the "Auto 2000" research project, in this case a spacious station wagon. It was presented along with the three other completed prototypes shortly before the opening of the 49th Frankfurt Motor Show. The "Auto 2000" project was advertised by the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) at the beginning of 1978. Framework guidelines and a list of demands had been put together for this purpose. Safety aspects were just as important as fuel consumption and environmental protection. A total of DM 110 million was available for the research project. The project of the university working group, aptly named Uni-Car, received 33.5 million. The automotive engineering institutes at the universities of Aachen, Berlin, Darmstadt and Stuttgart were involved.