The History Of Mercedes-Benz

"The love of inventing never dies" - Carl Benz


The Mercedes-Benz brand has a rich heritage that spans more than 130 years, one that has become synonymous with the concepts of excellence, elegance, and innovation. Since Carl Benz introduced the "Motorwagen" in 1886, customers have depended on Mercedes-Benz vehicles to elevate their driving lives and to stylishly transport them to any destination. Mercedes-Benz started from humble beginnings and quickly grew into one of the largest titans in the automotive industry. That's because the Mercedes-Benz brand is focused on innovation and is constantly finding new ways to improve the lives of their customers. The team at your local Mercedes-Benz dealership is honored to carry this remarkable brand and to be associated with the iconic Mercedes-Benz star.



The unveiling of the Motorwagen sparked many conversations because it is widely regarded as the first-ever gasoline-powered vehicle. It was also driven by Bertha Benz to promote her husband's invention, making her the first female driver in history.


Later in 1886, Gottlieb Daimler, Wilheim Maybach, and Benz decided to convert a stagecoach with a fully-functional petrol engine. It became available on the market in 1901 as an official part of the Daimler Motors Corporation. This success got the attention of Austrian entrepreneur Emil Jellinek, who worked with the group in 1902 to create the 1901 Mercedes (named after Jellinek's daughter). After enjoying immense popularity across the world, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler merged companies to engineer the first vehicles to ever carry the Mercedes-Benz brand in 1926. From that point on, Mercedes-Benz has been known for bringing revolutionary ideas to the automotive world.



The team at your local Mercedes-Benz dealership believes every single Mercedes-Benz model in our inventory has the capability to completely transform the way you travel. We always encourage our customers to come check out our inventory of elegant Mercedes-Benz models. Stop in and see us today!


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