In the year 1886, the world’s first gasoline-powered automobile would be introduced. The Patent Motor Model II was the work of Karl Benz which would be a co-founder with Gottlieb Daimler to what would become a multinational division of Daimler AG. The parent company Daimler currently is a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation that employees nearly 300,000 individuals through its many different automotive marques.
These marques include:
- Mercedes-Benz Vans
- Daimler Trucks
- Daimler Buses
Daimler also oversees financial services of:
- Mercedes-Benz Bank
- Mercedes-Benz Financial
- Daimler Truck Financial
Daimler also has a stake in:
- EADS – aerospace
- McLaren Group
From the origins of Mercedes-Benz in 1886 we would see a converted stagecoach being propelled by a petrol-engine evolve into a world-class luxury line. The automobiles would show promise and continue to be refined and by 1901 the first Mercedes 35 hp would be introduced for sales to the general public showing the characteristics of the modern-day vehicle and would be marketed by Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG). As Daimler was introducing its vehicle for public sales an entrepreneur by the name of Emil Jellinek would take interest in the company in order vehicles only to find issues with a top speed and overall power of the vehicles. Daimler would work with Emil Jellinek to offer them their first four-cylinder automobile. Jellinek would begin selling these automobiles to other wealthy individuals therefore building up a market for the vehicles. He would soon be ordering as many as 20 to 30 automobiles, which at that time which was quite a substantial amount of money. Emil Jellinek would start slowly incorporating his daughter Mercedes’s name into his automobiles and would sell so many that Daimler’s factory would be running at full capacity. In 1910, Daimler would register its iconic three point start it was to be a symbolism of prosperity.
In the years to come more individuals would see that the Mercedes bugles being produced were superior to that of other production models. The engineers for the company began to consistently improve components and functions of the vehicle such as adding front wheel brakes at a time which only rear wheel brakes or driveshaft breaks were in use. By 1924 Mercedes automobiles would come available with four-wheel braking. In 1931 Mercedes would be delivering another milestone the automotive industry as it would introduce the 170 model with the first four-wheel independent suspension as well as a hydraulic braking system. As design began to of all for the Mercedes vehicles would see more attention to passenger safety and protection as well as rigid chassis and floor assembly would help to strength the vehicles. After World War II, Mercedes-Benz would build its first factory outside of its German homeland. The factory rebuilt in Argentina to produce Mercedes trucks and over the years would include buses and vans. In 1951 Mercedes engineers would begin working on crumple zones in their vehicles. The crumple zones would work by having the front and rear the vehicle collapse during impact absorbing more energy while still keeping the internal cabin rigid therefore helping to keep passengers stay safe and having to absorb less of the energy during impact. Crumple zones would make it into production with Mercedes-Benz vehicles and by 1959. In 1954 Mercedes would introduce one of its most iconic vehicles of all times, this vehicle would be the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” and would produce 1400 300 SL’s from 1954 to 1957. By the early 60s Mercedes-Benz would be working on more safety features for their vehicles such as diagonal safety belts and disc brakes. By 1967 engineers would start development on airbags. Through the 70s and 80s Mercedes-Benz would work on several technological advancements for its automobiles including antilock braking systems, seat belt tensioners, and airbags. Mercedes-Benz would also be exporting as well as manufacturing more of its automobiles around the world. Today Mercedes-Benz has manufacturing or assembly plant in over 20 different countries.
Today Mercedes-Benz is an icon auto manufacturer that has the symbol recognized around the world. The company currently works to become an innovator in the industry as well as has its hands in divisions such as several motorsports racing teams that trace back all the way to the 1920s. Today Mercedes-Benz can be seen racing and GT series vehicles as well as be seen in Formula One under its Mercedes GP division. The company is currently working on hybrid and EV technology for its automobiles in order to lower the company’s overall CO2 emissions. Mercedes-Benz has also been successful in working to develop a cleaner burning diesel engine for its entire lineup of commercial and noncommercial vehicles.