The pinnacle of automobile innovation: Mercedes-Benz hits the fifteenth spot for the world’s largest car manufacturing company.
This is a vehicle brand that will always be associated with luxury vehicles that every man wishes to have. Mercedes-Benz is one of the oldest car manufacturing companies in the world. Finding its roots with its founding father, Karl Benz, it is his invention in 1886 that Mercedes-Benz finds it origin, Benz Patent-Motorwagen. It is the same invention that introduced the very first petrol powered vehicle.
Karl Benz dreamt of riding a vehicle not driven by horses and thus led to the invention of a stagecoach with a petrol engine attached to it. Although the first vehicle was made by Karl Benz, he and his partner Gottleib Daimler were the actual founders of the company. These two men were opposing entities in the engine manufacturing business back then when Daimler had his own company, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, and Karl Benz’s company, Benz & Cie. Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik Mannheim (Benz & Co. Rhine Gas Engine Factory Mannheim). These two competing manufacturing companies independently produced the first line of automated vehicles—the car for Karl Benz in 1886 and the motorcycle for Daimler in 1885 known as the Daimler Riding Car—merged into one in 1926 and formed the Daimler-Benz. The brand name Mercedes traces its origin from Daimler’s company where they produced vehicles under the Mercedes brand name since 1902. When Daimler-Benz was established, the Mercedes-Benz vehicles were then first produced.
In the 1930s, the Mercedes-Benz brand name was so popular it became Adolf Hitler’s choice of vehicle in his reign. The Mercedes-Benz 770 of Hitler was upgraded with a bulletproof windshield. The Mercedes-Benz became the vehicle of choice for Nazi Germany. In 1931, Mercedes produced the Mercedes 170. This vehicle launched the first car with a fully independent suspension. This allows each wheel to respond individually due to a newly incorporated hydraulic system in the vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz became the pioneer in vehicular safety regulations. It began a crash testing program in 1958 and also introduced the Antilock Braking System in 1978. In the turn of the century, the Mercedes-Benz brand became the home of posh vehicles. It launched the slogan ‘The Best or Nothing’ thus becoming the name for luxury vehicles. Now, Mercedes-Benz is a line of expensive posh cars and world class series of race cars.
The Mercedes-Benz logo was the design of one of the founders himself, Gottlieb Daimler. In the inception of newly formed company, a three point star was created to form the Mercedes-Benz logo. The three points of the star refers to land, air and sea. And an orbit encircling the three-point star means the dominance of these three elements. The silver color of the Mercedes-Benz displays the suave and sophistication a Mercedes-Benz product embodies. Although, the color of the three-point star was blue, as the company became a worldwide entity, a more classy hue was chosen.
- Mercedes 170
This is the vehicle that benchmarked the hydraulic system in the vehicle’s wheels. Before the Mercedes 170, wheels all functioned all together. After the incorporation of a hydraulic system in the vehicle, it is the very first vehicle to have individually responding wheels, a standard that is adopted by all vehicles.
- Mercedes Benz S-Class
The S-class stands for ‘Sonderklasse’ or Special Class. This is the car brand’s flagship model cars. This category set by Mercedes-Benz covers the S-class, SL-class, SLR McLaren and SLS sports cars.
- Mercedes-Benz 500E
This lovechild between Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, this vehicle not only incorporated speed and luxury in a sports sedan but also became the definition of quality since it was hand built.
The Mercedes-Benz’s headquarters is found in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It also has an army of factories that manufacture parts and assemble cars in the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
What To Love about Mercedes-Benz?
Class, Quality and Reliability
Each unit is created with care, from a century’s history of automobile builders; Mercedes-Benz set one of the highest standards in quality cars ensuring great reliability, versatility and panache.
Safety Standard and Trend-setter
Mercedes-Benz didn’t just launch the first diesel-run vehicle but also a series of safety features that created the standards in car building.
What Not To Love About Mercedes-Benz?
Over-all lifetime expense
Mercedes-Benz vehicles are very pricey. They are also expensive to maintain but they are very much easy to resell.