When we hear Mercedes-Benz the very first thing that pops up is luxurious sedans, high-performance cars. The German-giant has a vast range of products available across the globe and is among the best carmakers in the world. The Mercedes-Benz that we know today, is a 130 years old brand with a rich history and legacy. Let’s have a trip down the timeline of this brand.
The first car Designed and patented in 1886, the three-wheeled “automobile” as the “Benz Patent Motorwagen”. It was made by none other than Mr. Karl Benz, widely known as the father of automobiles. The Benz Patent Motorwagen was powered by a rear-mounted 954cc single-cylinder four-stroke motor. The very first Mercedes automobile was first marketed in 1901 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG).
How did the name Mercedes-Benz come up? Now this story is kind-off interesting. It all goes down to 1901 when a European automobile entrepreneur - Emil Jellinek, trademarked his 1901 Mercedes 35 hp after his daughter - Mercedes Jellinek. In 1901, the name "Mercedes" was registered by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) worldwide as a protected trademark. The first vehicles under the Mercedes-Benz brand name were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz's and Gottlieb Daimler's companies into the Daimler-Benz company on 28 June of the same year.
Classic Cars The History of Mercedes-Benz is vast and dates back to the time of World Wars. Benz had initially used a cogwheel symbol which he later replaced with a laurel wreath surrounding the Benz title. Mercedes-Benz has produced some of the best cars in the world since and their engineers have been responsible for cutting-edge innovations covering almost every square inch of the car. The 260 D, the world’s first diesel-driven car was launched by Mercedes-Benz in 1936. Which was followed, post-war by the release of the improved 170 V. In 1950’s Mercedes-Benz introduced some amazing cars in the market like the 190 and 300SL.
Maybach The very first thing that comes to mind when one listens to the name Mercedes-Benz is long limousines. That’s what the Maybach division by Mercedes-Benz offers, luxury! Initially, Maybach was a company founded by Wilhelm Maybach and his son. Later on, in the 1960’s it was acquired by Daimler-Benz and it became a part of the Mercedes franchise. Currently, the S-550 and 650 which are known as one of the most luxurious cars in the world made from the Mercedes-Benz factory get the tag of Maybach.
AMG Not happy with the power produced by the regular trims of Mercedes cars? Worry not Mercedes has got you covered with the AMG lineup. These are some of the higher trims in a Mercedes-AMG vehicle and generally have more power, better performance. The 3 distinct letters “AMG” stand for Aufrecht, Melcher, and Großaspach by the name of its 2 founders and Großaspach is the place where Aufrecht was born. It was later acquired by Daimler-Benz in 1999 and merged into the brand as a dedicated performance-oriented wing. AMG was founded as a race-spec engine tuner in 1967 under the name of AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH which in German meant AMG Engine Production and Development by former Mercedes-Benz engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher in Burgstall and der Murr, near Stuttgart. Under the AMG tag, the company has produced some of the finest cars like the SLS AMG, S63 AMG, G63 AMG, C63 AMG, CLA45 AMG and many more. The German manufacturer with the help of this AMG Performance division has created and broken many records across the globe at some amazing locations. One of which is the Green Hell, Nurburgring, which brings us to the racing career of Mercedes.
Motorsports Mercedes-Benz has a history of racing in the Autosport industry. Taking part in motorsports events like 24 hours of Le Mans, Formula 1, European Touring Car Championship, Formula E and a lot more. The German automobile giant Mercedes-Benz competes in Formula One under the team which is known as Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 and this team has dominated the Turbo Hybrid era of Formula One single-handedly. It has won all the seven constructor titles in the era to date. They also supply Power Units to other teams. In the 2020 season, Petronas is currently leading the championship (thanks to LH 44) and the W11 AMG Formula One car, which is simply amazing during the races. The company has time and against shown its edge in the technology with the latest being Dual-Axis Steering, a.k.a. DAS.
Future Talking about the future, we know that the Future is all about electricity and Mercedes-Benz, who has been a pioneer in many technologies, is leading this revolution too. They have set up a dedicated brand, the Mercedes-EQ under which it markets the GLC based electric SUV, the EQC. It is currently in sale across many countries. It also expects to launch a whole range of EQ vehicles by the year 2025.