In 1908, an automobile department was established in Riga. Director – Ivan Alexandrovich Fryazinovsky.
26-year-old Julien Potterat, who had previously worked for the Belgian firm Fondu, was invited to the post of chief designer.
Fondue cars became the prototype of the first Russo-Balts.
As at the begining there were no exact department name in documents was useв abbreviation from French words Département Automobile de Riga or D.A.R. which later became part of modern DARTZ name.
Actually, from the very beginning, the cars were produced under the name “Russian-Baltic”. The name Russo-Balt was fixed due to the abbreviation of the name in French – Russo-Baltique (Russo-Baltic).