Manufacturers name: Daimler AG
Headquarters country: Germany
Mercedes-Benz is a part of the German automobile manufacturer Daimler AG. Although buses, coaches, and trucks are sold under the brand, it is luxury vehicles that have made this company famous. It is considered one of the most successful luxury automakers in the world.
The history of this company began around the same time as the history of the automobile. In 1886 the first automobile ever built was introduced by Karl Benz. Called the Benz Patent Motor Car, it was a three-wheeled automobile with a rear-mounted engine and an engineering marvel. It was also the first automobile taken on a long distance trip. In 1888 the Patent-Motorwagen was driven by Bertha Benz, Karl’s wife and financier, on a trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of 121 miles. Mercedes-Benz continued to do many things first, both in innovation and automotive safety.
The Mercedes-Benz 170 was the first production car to have four-wheel independent suspension. Even as the brand was established as the best in luxury, due to automobiles like the 380 and 540k, innovation continued. The famous 300 SL “Gullwing” of the 1950s is considered by many to be the first supercar. Later in the decade, “crumple zones, were used first in the 220 sedans. In the 1970’s Mercedes-Benz was the first automaker to offer antilock brakes. It was also the first to offer airbags and traction control in the 1980s. The German automaker maintained a reputation for innovation by developing numerous concept cars with alternative propulsion: hybrid-electric, fully electric, and fuel-cell powertrains. Released in 2009, the Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID is the first production automotive hybrid to use a lithium-ion battery.
Currently, the company offers a wide variety of vehicles: sedans, coupes, SUVs and roadsters. With a history that covers 125 years, Mercedes-Benz has maintained a reputation for innovation, ingenuity, reliability and quality. It is likely to continue that reputation and remain the luxury brand of choice.
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