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Mercedes-Benz: A Closer Look At An Iconic Car Brand

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The history of the car is a complicated story with major players from all over the world. Dating all the way back to the beginning of the 19th century, small advancements were made across the globe. Though it’s difficult to credit one country above the others, there’s no doubt that Germany played a big role in the development of the automobile. And within Germany, Mercedes-Benz were a pioneering company and continue to be motoring giants today. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the brand that still captures the hearts and minds of car enthusiasts.

Mercedes-Benz

Origins

The story begins in southwest Germany. Lacking the geography to be a major trading city, Stuttgart instead turned to invention and development. One of its residents, Karl Benz patented the first practical motorcar in 1885, steering the city towards a history that would be forever linked with the car and also laying the foundations for the Mercedes-Benz brand.

In 1901, Mercedes put their first car up for sale, which was named after the daughter of an Austrian entrepreneur. However, the full name Mercedes-Benz didn’t appear until 1926 when two men merged their existing companies; Karl Benz, who we have already mentioned, and Gottlieb Daimler who was the first person to convert a stage coach by adding a petrol engine.

A Sporty Side

As motorcars started to increase in popularity throughout the 1920s, people began to demand faster and sleeker vehicles. This is where sports cars came in. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche (whose name may ring a bell!) the 1928 SSK was the first official Mercedes sports car and the path was set. Throughout the 1930s, the Mercedes ‘Silver Arrows’ dominated the world of racing and the brand gained international acclaim.

Diesel

Mercedes have always prided themselves on being trendsetters and in 1936, the 260D was released which was the first diesel passenger car. This model was soon followed by car brands all around the world which began to see the advantages that diesel engines could offer to their customers.

Luxury

Mercedes-Benz have always had a reputation for high performance and luxury, and this was enhanced by the release of the 600 Pullman in the 1960s. Designed to be the ultimate luxury car, the Pullman was used to transport the likes of the German government, the Pope and Queen Elizabeth II.

Worldwide Acclaim

Mercedes-Benz still receives international plaudits today, with cars being sold and serviced across the globe. Named after the city where the brand originated, Stuttgart Autos service Mercedes-Benz cars, while more centres continue to spring up in other far-flung destinations. The company has always had a pioneering safety record, launching the first cars with ABS and electronic stability control.

The brand has also never lost its love of sport, and the last two winners of the Formula One Drivers’ Championship, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both drove for Mercedes. Over the years, Mercedes-Benz has established itself as one of the most forward thinking and innovative car brands in the world.

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