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The Creation of Mercedes-Benz

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1901 Mercedes Benz

1901 Mercedes Benz

The origins of Mercedes-Benz started to form in 1886. This is when Karl Benz received a patent for Motorwagen. This is believed by many to be the first internal combustion engine used in a self-propelled vehicle. The fuel used in this engine was not gasoline. It was a petroleum spirit known as ligroin. Gottlieb Damiler worked with engineer Wilhelm Maybach to convert a stagecoach into an automobile by using a petrol engine. The first Mercedes automobile was marketed in 1901. At this time, the company was known as Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG).

Karl Benz

Karl Benz

Gottlieb Damiler

Gottlieb Damiler

Emil Jellinek

He was known in Europe as an automobile entrepreneur. He worked with DMG and one of his accomplishments of this time was to create the company's trademark in 1902. In 1901, Jellinek named a vehicle after his daughter Mercedes. It was the Mercedes 35 hp. Jellinek was a marketing strategist and successful businessman. He worked hard to promote the horseless carriage. He promoted Daimler vehicles to the highest elements of society in France, Germany and other European countries. He was able to sell vehicles to well-known personalities such as the Rothschild family and more.

Emil Jellinek

Emil Jellinek

Mercedes-Benz

The company now known as Mercedes-Benz was founded in 1926. It was created by the merger of two automobile companies. They were Benz & Cie and DMG. The newly created company was not referred to as Mercedes-Benz. It was called Daimler-Benz AG. The AG stood for Automotive Group. Once these two companies completed their merger, it was decided the cars would then be labeled as Mercedes-Benz. It would become one of a variety of subsidiaries owned by Daimler-AG. There are several companies currently owned by Daimler AG that have the title of Mercedes-Benz.

Reason For Merger

To understand why Benz & Cie Merge and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG) merged in 1926, it's important to understand the German economic environment during this time. They were trying to build companies during Germany's post-World War I era. Germany was experiencing significantly difficult economic times. The entire German economy was struggling and vehicles were not considered something necessary. Few automobiles were being purchased. This was not because the German vehicle manufacturing companies did not provide an excellent product. Their market was small. Benz & Cie and DMG spent years before the merger advertising their products together. They did this to try to increase the sales of their shared industry. Merging ultimately provided them the best possible benefits of marketing and sales.

Mercedes Benz logo

Mercedes Benz logo

DMG registered the three and four-pointed stars as trademarks in 1909. Only the three-pointed star has been used. The leaders of DMG stated the star symbolized Gottlieb Daimler's desire for universal motorization. The three pointed star represents universal motorization on land, water as well as the air.

Created In 1926

Technically, the original company wasn’t Mercedes-Benz. Once the companies merged, the decision was made for all their cars to be labeled as Mercedes-Benz. Over time, Mercedes-Benz became one of many subsidiaries owned by Daimler AG.

Mercedes Benz 770 model

Mercedes Benz 770 model

The 1930s

During the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz manufactured a car they called their 770 model. It was very popular during Germany's Nazi period. Most of the models that survived this time have been purchased at auctions by private buyers. One is on display at a museum in Ontario, Canada.

Reparations

Starting in 1937, the company focused on producing military products. By the time 1942 arrived, the company was no longer making vehicles. Its factories were dedicated to producing products for the war. The company has admitted that in 1944 approximately 50 percent of its workforce was made up of forced laborers. And prisoners of war as well as concentration camp detainees. After World War II, the company admitted to its mistake and paid over $11 million in reparations to the families of these workers.

Mercedes Benz S Class model

Mercedes Benz S Class model

Innovations

Mercedes-Benz has provided the automotive world with a variety of innovations. In 1886, the internal combustion engine was created by Daimler & Maybach, and Benz. The company also invented the honeycomb radiator still used in vehicles today. It was the first automobile manufacturer to provide breaks on all four wheels. The company also is the first to provide diesel-powered passenger cars. It was the first to provide an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Mercedes S Class has proven to be the world's most reliable car.

Mercedes Benz Corporate Headquarters

Mercedes Benz Corporate Headquarters

The company has gone through many changes since its beginning. Starting in 2007, Mercedes-Benz started being known as Daimler AG. It has persevered during times of significant economic adversity. It has depended on its business standards and long history of innovation to survive for such a long time. Today, the company is recognized worldwide for its history of innovative engineering. It continues to manufacture vehicles that are easily recognized around the globe.

Sources

Wikipedia

Mercedes Benz

Cleverism

My German Auto

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Comments

Readmikenow (author) on October 05, 2021:

MG, thanks. I'm sure it's nice to drive a vehicle that got the Guinness Book of World Records for most dependable vehicle.

Readmikenow (author) on October 05, 2021:

Miebakagh, thanks.

Readmikenow (author) on October 05, 2021:

MG, Thanks. I have a friend who will only drive a Mercedes.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 04, 2021:

I don't remember whether I had commented on this article but never the less this is a fine post. I loved it and as I have a Mercedes S class I felt really happy to read about this lovely car.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 04, 2021:

I like the read.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 04, 2021:

I really liked your article and it was fascinating to read it, more so as I have a Mercedes sedan with me.

Readmikenow (author) on October 04, 2021:

Peggy, thanks. I think paying reparations says a lot of good things about this company.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 04, 2021:

It is interesting reading about the origins of this company, including the part about reparation payments to the forced laborers in the WWII era. I never knew about that.

Readmikenow (author) on October 04, 2021:

Liz, thanks.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 04, 2021:

This is an interesting and well-documented history of an iconic car brand.

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