Mercedes Overview and History
It would be unfair not to include Mercedes-Benz when we talk about the German-engineered luxury cars that have changed the automobile industry for good. The thing that makes it more popular among luxury cars is its reliability and durability. No matter which aspect of the company you talk about, you will find it exceeding the limits set by its competitors. Its design and the luxury it offers are other things, but its handling, safety, performance, and drivability are beyond perfect.
It may be the most expensive option on the market, but it is pretty economical for the owner for its excellent fuel efficiency. Moreover, it offers a very smooth ride as one can increase the speed in no time without putting in any extra effort.
Most people know it by the name “Mercedes,” while others know it as “Benz.”
The Mercedes-Benz debut goes back to 1886 when it invented the internal combustion vehicle. It was designed at two separate locations in Germany. Gottlieb Daimler came up with a petrol-powered converted Stagecoach, While the car bends manufactured up three-Wheeler petrol-powered car. It is astounding that both parties were unaware of each other’s work. In 1889, Daimler and his partner established DMG, which stood for Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft; They went on to produce the first four-wheel petrol car that they started selling in 1890. Benz also built his first four-wheel patrol car in 1891. Just a decade after his first four-wheeler, his corporation Benz & Cie became the world’s largest automaker. DMG named its sports car Mercedes after a wealthy entrepreneur’s daughter.
The collaboration of Mercedes and Benz:
Mercedes and Benz continued working independently until 1924. After that time, the First World War started messing up the economy and made the competitors work together. After two years of working together, they formally merged to form Daimler Benz AG. This merger was one of the most successful decisions of the companies that, led to the production of 7000 units in 1927. Soon after the merger, they became the leaders in the automobile industry. It happened after the launch of the W15, which came out as a separate division; the first family car of this series was the W23.
260D model launch:
In 1936, the company came up with the first diesel-run passenger car named the 260D model. The 1930s was a time of rapid development for Mercedes as it launched several successful vehicles during this decade. The most successful cars of that decade included the W138 limousine and W136 Spohn Roadster. Almost all the automobile companies progressed in the 1930s, and the Second World War hit.
The impact of World War Two:
Like most other companies, Mercedes-Benz also faced a very dark period during World War Two. Most of its inventories had prisoners of war working in them forcefully to produce the vehicles. Daimler’s website states that over 60,000 employees at that time were forced laborers, concentration camp detainees, are prisoners.
The company started producing vehicles for war, but the love of common people for Mercedes continued. Let’s talk about the 770, which was a large luxury car famous among Nazi officials, including Hitler. The 770K model had bulletproof glass and bodywork with mine-proof floor armor. it also produced DB600, DB601 craft engines, and LG3000 truck during the same years.
After the war:
After the war, Daimler-Benz paid $12 million to laborers’ families, admitting their connection with the Nazi regime. Some private buyers still have seven 70s from that time, while some are in museums. A Russian billionaire bought Hitler’s 770K in 2009 for several million.
Mercedes-Benz yet again regained its strength post-war. They started producing their diesel-powered vehicles again. The 1950s were the years of the best-looking cars coming from Mercedes-Benz. These cars included the 190 and the Mercedes 300 SL. The company continued its legacy in the 1960s by releasing successful vehicles like the 220, the 230, and the 600, which people also knew as the W-100. One may study Mercedes Manuals of these models for an in-depth overview of their unique features and specifications.
Daimler Benz acquires Maybach:
Daimler-Benz acquired Maybach in the 1960s, And Mercedes used it to produce unique edition cars. It was the luxury division of Mercedes that made Maybach 62 and 57. Mercedes stopped producing cars under Maybach in 2012, but it was revived in 2014, after which the S600 model was created under the Mercedes-Maybach division.
The creator of Swatch met Mercedes in the late 80s, after which Daimler Benz launched its first smart car in 1998. It was named smart that derived from the collaboration between Mercedes and Swatch. In the later years, Mercedes AMG was launched, Daimler merged with Chrysler, and Mercedes-Benz became popular in the motor racing world.
Mercedes-Benz is undoubtedly unbeatable even today. While luxury car enthusiasts love it, it is famous for producing sports cars, trucks, buses, and racing cars. They are still using innovative features in their productions, like a self-driving electric van that was recently produced. It depicts that a lot more innovation will come from Mercedes-Benz in the coming years.