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Mercedes Benz

  • Mercedes Benz - Overview

    Mercedes-Benz is the worlds oldest and one of its most celebrated car makers and also a major manufacturer of buses, coaches and trucks. Mercedes, as it is commonly known, is part of the Daimler Chrysler company, formerly Daimler-Benz. The main models in the Mercedes range are luxury executive limousines and saloons although a number of prominent sports cars and coupes/convertibles have been made too. In recent years Mercedes has diversified into off road vehicles and SUVs as well as more compact vehicles. Mercedes has a considerable history in motorsport. Mercedes contested 72 Grands Prix between 1934 and 1955 and won 45 of them. In 1993 Mercedes started a new era of racing success by becoming official partner with the world famous team McLaren.

    Mercedes Benz - Models and Types

  • Mercedes Benz - History

    The company dates back to the 1880s when Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz invented the internal combustion engine-powered car independently of each other. Remarkably both engineers were based in South West Germany. Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach worked together in Stuttgart while Benz had a shop in Mannheim near Heidelberg. There is no record of the two meeting before their independent developments. In the 1920s the rival companies Daimler Motorengesellschaft and Benz & Cie finally began working together, before eventually merging in 1926 to form the Daimler-Benz AG. Since then Mercedes-Benz vehicles have developed a considerable reputation throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries for creating high class and innovative automobiles. Mercedes innovations include fuel injection and anti-lock braking systems. Because of the quality, innovation and luxury associated with Mercedes they are often expensive products.

  • Mercedes Benz - Dates

    • 1886 - Karl Benz granted German patent number 37435 for his invention, the Patent-
    • 1897 - Gottlieb Daimler produces , the first vehicle to feature a front-mounted engine, the forerunner of modern cars.
    • 1894 - First four cars home in the Paris to Rouen race on 22nd July 1894 powered by 954 cc V2 engine designed by Gottlieb Daimler.
    • 1909 - Famous three-pointed star first appears on Daimler vehicle
    • 1926 - Daimler and Benz companies merge and Benz laurel added to symbolize the union.
    • 1936 - 260 D, worlds first diesel production car launched.
    • 1937 - The plain ring emblem seen today first used.
    • 1939 - A range of new safety features, including side-impact protection.
    • 1959 - Mercedes-Benz first car manufacturer to develop impact and roll-over tests.
    • 1978 - Mercedes-Benz first ever Anti-lock Braking System on the S-Class model.
    • 1981 - First-ever driver's airbag,
    • 1986 First E Class
    • 1988 - First passenger airbag.
    • 1993 First C Class.
    • 1994 - Mercedes-Benz their partnership with McLaren in Formula 1.
    • 1997 - First Mercedes SUV off , M Class
    • 1998 - Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler to form DaimlerChrysler.
    • 2000 - Mercedes' parent company Daimler Chrysler acquires a 40 per cent interest in the
    • 2005 B Class launched