5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mercedes-Benz
The oldest existing motor manufacturer which originated in Stuttgart has produced millions of luxury cars all over the world, but doesn’t just make fancy cars.
The Mercedes-Benz brand has been creating cars for the public to enjoy since 1886, so it’s no surprise that they have a huge history! From the first diesel car to the creation of Smart cars, we’re sure that you didn’t know these facts.
Here are a few things that you probably didn’t know about Mercedes, and also what makes them a step ahead of many car manufacturers producing vehicles today.
The first ever diesel car
Mercedes-Benz have a long list of ‘firsts’ to their name, including their production of the first ever diesel car. Made with 3 wheels, a four-cylinder engine and 4 doors, the cost of the Mercedes-Benz 260D was the modern equivalent of the Mercedes E-Class.
Although they stopped being produced in the late 1950’s, there is still one that you can visit! The Mercedes-Benz museum is home to one of the 260 D cars, available to view if you want to experience a small piece of their history.
Daimler Benz was definitely onto a good lead when he created this, even if the top speed was only 10 miles per hour!
The 3-star logo
The infamous design of the Mercedes-Benz wasn’t all that it was now; it once consisted of four stars instead of 3!
The three-pointed star signals their ability to move on land, water and air, but the 4th point to signal their ability to move in space was dropped. Although they shortly dabbled in non-land-based products, it was definitely best to drop the fourth edge.
The 3-point star was introduced in 1910, and the circle around the circumference was incorporated in 1916.
The first self-driving car
If you think that self-driving cars are a recent phenomenon, you’re wrong!
Back in 1985, the Mercedes brand created the world’s first self-driving car. The S-Class was manufactured with different technicalities to their standard cars, and had a top speed of 109 miles per hour… A pretty decent speed to reach for the €800million cost!
The first edition of this car drove itself from Munich to Copenhagen and back in 1995. The project, which was part-funded by the European Union, was the world’s first introduction to self-driving cars.
The ‘Mercedes’ name
It’s common knowledge that the ‘Benz’ part of the brand came from founder Karl Benz, but when and why did the ‘Mercedes’ name come into play?
It’s thought that the Mercedes part of Mercedes-Benz was taken from a famous racing car driver’s daughter. Emil Jellinek, a businessman and racer, had a tendency to name his items after his daughter.
He was one of the first to buy a Mercedes-Benz car and it seems like the name stuck… It has been called Mercedes-Benz ever since!
Although you may think that Mercedes-Benz and smart cars are completely different, they are actually both owned by Mercedes.
Swiss watchmakers Swatch had the bright idea to create a small, compact vehicle that complimented their reputation for class and luxury. They originally created the smart car concept and approached Volkswagen to help fund it, but passed on the offer due to their financial difficulties.
The concept was then passed to Mercedes-Benz, who jumped at the chance to create the new car. Swatch worked with Mercedes to create the car, but Swatch eventually pulled out of the deal due to conflicts over design and performances.
Smaller than a Mini, the smart car was launched in the US in 2008. Their fuel efficiency, easiness to park and stylish nature has definitely proved a favourite, and is now a car of choice for car lovers all over the world
All Mercedes-Benz vehicles are made from the best quality, but you’ll need excellent car warranty to get peace of mind that your car is protected if the worst should happen.