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Germany, Jan 03, 2011


125 ago – on 29 January 1886: Carl filed a patent application for his gas engine-powered vehicle. German patent office registration no. 37 435 of 2nd 1886 is generally regarded as the birth certificate. Daimler AG be opening the anniversary year a special ceremony.

115 years ago – on 14 1896: Henry Lawson Daimler Motor Company the oldest automobile factory in Britain.

100 years ago – on 1 January The takeover of Süddeutsche Automobilfabrik GmbH provided Benz a complete range of commercial in one fell swoop. At the turn of the the company was reorganised as Benzwerke GmbH.

60 years ago – on 23 January A patent application was filed for the passenger compartment. This by Béla Barényi, protected patent no. 854 157, forms the for passive safety in the automotive to this day.

35 years ago – on 1 1976: The wearing of safety in the front seats became in Germany on this date. had already been fitting its car models with front-seat belts as standard since The company first offered a belt back in 1957 – for the 300 SL

35 years ago – on 27 January 1976: presented the 123 mid-range line in southern France, comprising the 200 D, 220 D, 240 D, 300 D, 230, 250, 280 and 280 E models. As the to the Stroke/8 models of the 114/115 this became one of the most Mercedes-Benz lines ever. The are much sought-after today as classics.

30 years ago – from 26 to 1 February 1981: The anti-lock system (ABS) for commercial developed in collaboration with manufacturer WABCO, was presented to the press in Rovaniemi, Finland.

20 ago – from 12 to 20 January 1991: At the American International Auto in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz presented the F 100 vehicle incorporating numerous design features.

15 years ago – 6 to 15 January 1996: Mercedes-Benz the AA Vision concept vehicle, a for an all-wheel-drive sports utility at the North American International Show in Detroit. It featured elements of the subsequent M-Class.

15 ago – from 11 to 21 January 1996: The new van by the name of Vito was presented to the public at the Nutzfahrzeug-Salon motor for commercial vehicles in Geneva. It was voted Van of the Year 1996.

75 years ago – from 15 February to 1 1936: The world’s first diesel passenger car, the 260 D (W 138), was unveiled at the International and Motorcycle Show in Berlin. on display at the show were the new car models 170 V (W 136) and 170 H (W 28).

65 ago – on 22 February 1946: The first car to be built after the end of the war, a 1.7 four-cylinder model for the Mercedes-Benz 170 V, was in Untertürkheim.

60 years ago – on 24 February Daimler-Benz competed in the Premio de la Naciòn Juan D. Peron in with three pre-war W 154 cars.

25 years ago – from 3 to 8 1986: Daimler presented key safety elements in Rovaniemi, – acceleration skid control for passenger cars and commercial and the automatic locking differential for the automatically activated four-wheel (4MATIC) in passenger cars.

125 years ago – on 8 March 1886: Daimler ordered a coach coachbuilder Wilhelm Wimpff in Stuttgart, ostensibly as a birthday for his wife, Emma. In the same he had a high-speed engine fitted to the at the Maschinenfabrik Esslingen engine building his first four-wheel in the process.

125 years ago – on 25 March 1886: Daimler had his surface carburettor (German Reich patent registration no. 36 811, issued on 16 1886).

110 years ago – from 25 to 29 1901: At Nice Week, driver Wilhelm Werner won the – Salon – Nice race a distance of 392 kilometres in a Mercedes 35 hp. also won the Nice – La Turbie race, clocking up an average of 51.4 km. The new car’s impressive prompted Paul Meyan, of the Automobile Club of France, to after the race: Nous entrés dans l’ère (We have entered the Mercedes

95 years ago – in the spring of 1916: Cie. established an apprentices’ with full-time instructors at its in Mannheim, initially offering 30 places and later 80. In July of the year, DMG also established an department.

80 years ago – on 22 March Manfred von Brauchitsch won the Nizza – La race.

60 years ago – in March, A month after the end of production of the O omnibus, production of the O 6600 was down in Sindelfingen and transferred to Omnibus production was now concentrated at the plant.

45 years ago – in March, Production of the 300 SEL passenger car model (W began at the Sindelfingen plant. Air as standard and a 10 centimetre longer distinguished the new model from the 300 SE.

30 ago – on 2 March 1981: A model O 305 bus running on methanol was presented in Three days later a trial involving 30 methanol-fuelled 280 SE cars began in Berlin as of the Alternative Drives project by the Federal Ministry for Research and

30 years ago – from 5 to 15 March The airbag and the belt tensioner highlights of the Geneva International Show as key elements in the field of safety. Daimler-Benz was the first worldwide to present such From 20 July they available for the driver and front as optional extras in the S-Class (W 126).

30 years ago – in March, The new customer centre opened in

30 years ago – from 17 to 22 March The newly developed T 2 large-capacity van also known internally as LN 1, was to the international press in Rome. It comprised models 507 D to 811 D, with a gross vehicle weight from 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes.

20 years ago – 7 to 17 March 1991: Model 140 of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was unveiled at the International Motor Show, the 300 SE/SEL, 400 SE/SEL, 500 SE/SEL and 600 models. In addition to a host of innovations, the new luxury saloon presented the traditional Mercedes grille in a new guise, featuring an radiator and the star positioned on the

15 years ago – from 7 to 17 March As part of its product offensive, presented three world at the Geneva International Motor the estate models of the C-Class line 202) and the E-Class line 210) plus the carriers of the V-Class (model 638) based on the Vito


120 years ago – in April, Daimler Motor Co. founded by Steinway in September 1889, has first serviceable vehicle produced under licence in Connecticut/USA, according to original by Gottlieb Daimler.

100 years ago – on 23 April 1911: Bob broke Barney Oldfield’s covering a mile from a start at an average speed of km in the Blitzen-Benz at Daytona Beach, This was the highest speed attained by a road vehicle and set up a record which remained until 1919.

80 years ago – 12 to 13 April 1931: Rudolf became the first foreign to win the Mille Miglia long-distance Together with co-driver Sebastian he took first in the 1000-mile (1635-kilometre) race Brescia to Rome and back, 101.1 km/h at the wheel of a SSKL (W 06 RS).

60 years ago – 19 to 29 April 1951: Mercedes-Benz the two six-cylinder car models 220 (W 187) and 300 (W at the first International Motor (IAA) held in Frankfurt/Main. The 300 the largest and fastest series-production car in Germany, later became known as the Adenauer car – along other leading business and figures, the first German displayed a predilection for travelling in this car. Also on for the first time in Frankfurt was the O H, the first Mercedes-Benz bus to be developed the war as a cab-over-engine variant. With its engine and its distinctive chassis was no longer adopted from a this vehicle marked the of a new era of bus development at Daimler-Benz.

40 years ago – 1 to 8 April 1971: A track-guided vehicle was presented at the Hanover as part of the O-track concept. The 24 four-axle double articulated bus O 305 G 2 238 people and was powered by two electric each rated at 250 kilowatts.

40 ago – on 14 April 1971: Mercedes-Benz the new SL 107 model line, featuring safety innovations. The first was the 350 SL.

25 years ago – from 9 to 16 April At the Hanover fair, Daimler-Benz the powertrain of the new O 405 GTD diesel-electric duo bus and components of an car based on the 230 E running on pure

15 years ago – from 25 April to 5 May The production version of the first SLK (model line R 170) was to the public at the International Motor in Turin.


105 years ago – in May 1906: The six-cylinder racing car designed by Maybach was completed in Untertürkheim. At the of August the 120 hp (88 kW) new vehicle proved its on extensive test drives on the and Ardennes race courses. A in the cylinder head then it from competing in the Ardennes on 13 August, however.

90 years ago – on 29 May Max Sailer won the Coppa Florio for the standard production car at the wheel of a 28/95 hp in the Targo Florio in He completed the 432 kilometre course in 7 27 minutes and 16 seconds, clocking up an speed of 57.9 km/h.

75 ago – on 17 May 1936: Rudolf Caracciola won the Grand Prix at an average of 160.3 km/h. This was the victory for the Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz in the 1936 racing

65 years ago – in May 1946: Post-war car started up at Daimler-Benz AG with the assembly of the model 170 V (W 136 I) panel delivery vans and ambulances. A of 214 rolled off the production line up to the end of the

60 years ago – in May 1951: The Gaggenau took over production of the from the Gebr. Boehringer works in Göppingen.

55 years ago – on 4 May The first 563 vehicles of the new 190 (W 121), 219 (W and 220 S (W 180 II) passenger car models left the plant and set off for the branches and agencies they were presented to the a day later. The pontoon-style body was a characteristic of the vehicles.

30 years ago – in May Daimler-Benz took over commercial vehicle manufacturer Vehicle sales rose in the following decade, and in 1992 the was the leading manufacturer of commercial in North America. This position has been maintained various brands up to the present

15 years ago – in May 1996: The research at Daimler-Benz presented another with a fuel cell – the NECAR II (New Electric based on the V-Class.

15 years ago – 7 to 11 May 1996: The compact Unimog UX 100 carrier was presented at the Internationale für Entsorgung (international trade for the waste management and disposal in Munich.

5 years ago – on 19 and 20 May 2006: The new Museum was opened. Situated outside the Untertürkheim plant, it Mercedes-Benz’s unique traditions a diverse range of exhibits. It is the automobile museum in the world, its own very special architectural


115 years ago – on 26 June Haulier Friedrich Greiner a Victoria Daimler motor car taximeter for the purpose of operating a car coach company in Stuttgart. was the world’s first motorised company.

100 years ago – on 24 June Juan Manuel Fangio was He is recognised as the most outstanding driver of the 20th century. His is inseparably linked to Mercedes-Benz. In and 1955 he achieved key international for the brand, including the Formula 1 championship title. He died on 17 1995.

100 years ago – in June The Mercedes 8/18 hp went series production at DMG, a further lower-priced, small-displacement to the model range. At the same Daimler’s rival in Mannheim the Benz 8/18 hp, a small car by design engineer Karl in the summer of 1910 in the course of an competition at Benz.

85 years ago – on 28 and 29 1926: Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz which had been allied for two under a special partnership amalgamated to form Daimler-Benz AG. The was domiciled in Berlin, with its management based in Untertürkheim.

35 ago – from 12 to 15 June 1976: In a record drive on the test in Nardo, Italy, the Mercedes-Benz broke three world and 16 class records. The 140 kW (190 hp) OM 617 A diesel engine with was based on the mass-produced engine in the model 240 D 3.0 passenger car (W 115).

30 ago – on 10 June 1981: At the end of a production spanning almost 18 years, the Museum took delivery of the Mercedes-Benz 600 (W 100) to roll off the line. The car was recognised as the most prestige vehicle throughout the

25 years ago – from 10 to 14 June The O 405 T trolley bus, a joint with Dornier and AEG incorporating an electric drive, was unveiled at the ’86 fair in Munich.

125 years ago – on 03 July 1886: The Badische Landeszeitung newspaper on the public drive undertaken in the on Ringstrasse in Mannheim with the motor car developed by Carl

105 years ago – in July 1906: Two involving Emil Jellinek and were founded in Paris – the des Automobiles Industrielles and the Société Electrique

95 years ago – on 1 July DMG set up its own apprentices’ department in Unterturkheim. two years, the original capacity of 36 places had increased to 140. Cie. had established an apprentices’ back in the spring of the same

85 years ago – on 11 July 1926: Caracciola won the German Grand in the Avus, notching up an average of 135.2 km/h. The winning was the first eight-cylinder Mercedes and the car to be designed for DMG by Ferdinand Porsche. The supercharged eight-cylinder racing car was referred to as the Monza, in allusion to its debut in the Italian Grand in Monza on October 1924.

35 ago – in July 1976: The MB-trac went into series The 1300 followed in October as the model of this heavy-duty The agricultural vehicles of the MB-trac were produced at the Gaggenau until December 1991.

30 ago – on 20 July 1981: Airbag and tensioner became available as options for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W – the very first series vehicle to offer such


125 years ago – in August Gottlieb Daimler undertook trial trips on the Neckar Cannstatt with a motorboat by his high-speed single-cylinder engine. The engine was also installed in his four-wheel automobile in 1886. this drive assembly and its Daimler kept his sights set on developing engines for land-bound, and air-borne transport.

80 years ago – in 1931: Mercedes-Benz drivers Caracciola and Manfred von Brauchitsch up four wins in the space of a

20 years ago – on 27 August 1991: The new of Mercedes-Benz touring coaches, series O 404, was presented in Series production began at the plant in January 1992.

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125 years ago – on 5 September 1886: The Generalanzeiger der Stadt Mannheim a comprehensive feature to the patented car designed by Benz and announced Mr Benz is now to begin building carriages.

90 years ago – from 23 to 2 October 1921: DMG presented the hp and 10/35 hp passenger car models a four-cylinder supercharged engine at the Motor Show. This was the time that the power-boosting was used in a series production

80 years ago – on 20 September 1931: his victory in the Svab hill Rudolf Caracciola scooped the of European Hill-Climb Champion for Cars once again, time in a Mercedes-Benz SSKL.

55 ago – in September 1956: Production of the van model L 319 as a panel van and pickup at the Sindelfingen plant. The minibus went into series at the Mannheim plant as the model O

55 years ago – on 28 September 1956: AG opened a factory of its own in São Bernardo do Brazil. Today, a workforce of 11,000 produces light- to commercial vehicles, bus chassis and there.

50 years ago – from 21 to 1 October 1961: Premieres at the Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main the Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W 112), featuring transmission, air suspension and dual-circuit system on front and rear as standard. The 190 and 190 D models (W 110) and the new 220 SE (W 111) were also

30 years ago – from 17 to 27 September The S-Class 380 SEC and 500 SEC Coupés of model 126 premiered at the International Motor in Frankfurt/Main. The Mercedes-Benz Energy which enabled a substantial in fuel consumption for six-cylinder and passenger cars, was also The Auto 2000 research was presented at the International Motor as a test object for innovations in the field.

25 years ago – on 1 September 1986: offered all petrol engine-powered car models with a three-way converter as standard.

20 years ago – 19 to 22 September 1991: Premieres at the Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main the C112 experimental vehicle V12 mid-engine and active chassis.

15 ago – from 21 to 29 September 1996: presented the Actros class of commercial vehicle at the IAA Commercial fair in Hanover. The vehicle was configurable according to its intended of use. To this end there nine different cabs and engine variants from 235 kw hp) to 425 kw (578 hp) on offer. The Vario van, the O 550 Integro country the O 405 NÜL low-floor inter-urban bus and the Innovisia study were also


125 years ago – on 9 October Gottlieb Daimler filed a application for his marine engine Reich patent office no. 39 367, issued on 1 June

115 years ago – on 1 October 1896: The first truck was delivered by in Cannstatt to the British Motor Ltd. in London. The vehicle was with a 4 hp two-cylinder engine kW) and designed to carry a payload of kilogrammes.

85 years ago – from 29 to 7 November 1926: The first range of the newly established AG was presented at the Berlin Motor

80 years ago – from 1 to 11 October The model 170 (W 15) which Mercedes-Benz to the public at the Paris Motor showcased a highly advanced concept. The model 170 was the brand’s standard production car to feature axles with independent suspension at front and rear. the background of the Great Depression, the passenger car model available Daimler-Benz AG was just the right car at the time.

75 years ago – from 1 to 11 1936: The model 540 K (W 29) was presented as the to the 500 K at the Paris Motor, featuring an 5.4 litre supercharged engine. The 230 (W 143) was also premiered. Its 2.3 six-cylinder engine was rated at 55 hp (40

60 years ago – from 4 to 14 October The Mercedes-Benz 300 S (W 188), a sporty variant of the model 300, was at the Paris Motor Show.

50 ago – from 26 October to 5 November The team comprising Walter and Manfred Schiek won the Argentinian Grand Prix for touring in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111).

40 years ago – on 23 1971: Daimler-Benz filed a application for the airbag system specification no. DE 2152902 C2). Ten later it was introduced by Mercedes-Benz as an extra. Today, there are few from any manufacturers which are not with at least one airbag.

40 ago – from 7 to 17 October 1971: The new 350 SLC model (C 107) was unveiled at the Motor Show. Series began in February 1972.

40 ago – on 26 October 1971: Daimler-Benz the ESF 05 at the Second international conference on safety vehicles in Sindelfingen.

25 ago – on 1 October 1986: The PROMETHEUS project initiated by Daimler-Benz, aimed to establish new prospects for the of transport, was launched as part of the European research initiative. the involvement of 14 European automobile Various electronic assistance which are standard today arose in the course of this

15 years ago – from 3 to 13 October The F 200 Imagination research vehicle, numerous technical innovations, was at the Paris Motor Show. The of a steering wheel and pedals in the operational experimental vehicle a particular stir.


105 ago – in November 1906: The Österreichische presented the new Mercédès Mixte car models with hybrid A combustion engine rated at 45 PS (33 kW) or 70 PS (51 kW) electric wheel hub motors in the wheels via a generator.

90 years ago – on 5 1921: Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft registered models for new variants of its trademark. A three-pointed star in a ring was with the patent office in embodiments, including a version as a figure. Trademark registration place on 2 August 1923.

75 ago – on 11 November 1936: Rudolf broke five international records and one world record in a streamlined Mercedes-Benz Rekordwagen on the – Darmstadt motorway. He attained a speed of 333.48 km/h a flying start over a of 10 miles.

30 years ago – on 8 November The foundation stone of the new research for the Daimler-Benz Research Group which was established in 1977, was at the Berlin-Marienfelde plant. Daimler-Benz 25 million marks in the construction of a simulator, to enable even detailed research into the of driver and vehicle in road in future.

15 years ago – on 25 November Mercedes-Benz presented Brake (BAS) as a further pioneering to the improvement of road safety. December of this year it was as a standard feature, initially in the (W 140) and the SL-Class (R 129).

115 years ago – on 5 December 1896: Cie. dispatched the first wagon based on a Victoria to the Parisian department store Du bon

110 years ago – in December 1901: The capabilities displayed by William K. jr.’s Mercedes 35 hp prompted billionaires Rockefeller, Astor, Taylor and others to order cars.

105 years ago – in December The first fire engine in the to be powered by a petrol engine into service with the voluntary fire brigade. The 32/35 hp chassis with a engine was produced by the Süddeutsche Gaggenau.

40 years ago – on 17 December The OG 305 natural gas test vehicle with a 172 hp (127 kW) horizontal in-line engine was presented to the

10 years ago – in December 2001: The first prototype of a near-series bus fuel cell technology, a Citaro, was presented to its customers in Canada. The vehicle was subsequently in day-to-day service.

10 years ago – in 2001:

Mercedes-Benz introduced a safety system corresponding to the for trucks. The Telligent Stability system was introduced initially for semi-trailer trucks at a price of euros.

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