The wind whizzing through your hair and engine purring, there can be no question in anyone’s mind that you are driving a Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz title initially appeared in 1926, named after Daimler’s 1901 Mercedes and Karl Benz’s 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen.
Emil Jellinek, Austrian diplomat and profitable businessman in the industry of selling cars, began racing cars under the stage name, “Mercedes,” after his daughter, Mercédès Jellinek. Jellinek’s obsession with the name caused him to even legally change his own last name to Jellinek-Mercedes. But a name change was not the only revolutionary event that occurred at that time, as the 1901 model car was released under the name Mercedes 35 hp. Due to the roaring success of the model, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) assigned the Mercedes name to a series of proceeding models such as Mercedes 40 hp Simplex and Mercedes 8/11 hp. Then, in 1926, the company produced the world’s first diesel production car, the 260 D.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Mercedes production is their interest in taking inventive and often ingenious risks in terms of technological advancement. Early on, the original “Mercedes” car incorporated a modern arrangement of having a “drop chassis,” which is a carriage with an engine at the front with a carriage lowered and set in between the rear wheels and the front wheels. This was conspicuously inspired seeing as previous automobiles had high centers of gravity and a mixture of engine and drive-train arrangements.
Moreover, in the early 1980s, Mercedes hit a futuristic chord with the development of the first robot car in the world. This robot vehicle reached speeds exceeding 109 miles per hour and laid the groundwork for robot car research and car capabilities around the world.
Subsidiaries and alliances of this Daimler AG company in the Mercedes-Benz division include Mclaren Cars, Studebaker-Packard Corporation, Smart and Maybach production. Current models range everywhere from complete passenger cars (ie. A-Class Hatchback, B-Class Multi-activity, C-Class Saloon, Estate and Coupe, E-Class Saloon, Estate, Coupe and Cabriolet, SL-Class Roadster, GLK-Class Sports Utility Vehicle) to trucks, buses and vans. While the company’s home base remains in its native Germany, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are manufactured and produced in factories around the world; these factories include but are not limited to the following countries:Argentina,Brazil,Egypt,Mexico,Malaysia,South Korea,Thailand,United Kingdom,Spain and United States.
Noted for its streamlined look, fluidity and speed, Mercedes-Benz is one of the most world renowned and reputable automobile brands and also holds the title of being the oldest brand of automobiles still alive and kicking today.