Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz were born only 60 miles apart insouthern Germany.Daimler was born March 17, 1834. A decade later, on November 25, Carl Benz was born.
Although they grew upwith little in common, both boys were fascinated by machines from an early age.Because their approach to building cars was quite different, it is doubtful,though, that they met or even knew what the other was doing.
In 1886, Carl Benz built a motorized tricycle. His firstfour-wheeler, the Victoria,was built in 1893. The first production car was the 1894 Benz Velo which participated in the first recorded car race, theParis-Rouen race. In 1895, Benz built his first truck.
Aware of the promotional potential of racing, both Daimlerand Benz entered many of them. However, up until 1908, Daimler had overshadowedBenz in racing endeavors. At the 1908 French Grand Prix, Benz took second andthird place behind Lautenschlager driving a Mercedes.From that point on, both Benz and Daimler did well in racing.
At the beginning of the first world war, both factorieswere converted into production sites for war materials, although both resumedproducing cars after the war.
Social unrest and afalling economy characterized post-war Germany. Little or no fuel for carsand a 15% luxury tax made automobile production increasingly disastrous. Thismarket sent Benz and Cie. seeking a strong partner.The only one the board considered worthyof Benz and Cie was DMG.
Thus, in 1919, Karl Jahn, a Benzboard member since 1910, approached Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschatabout a possible merger. The merger attempt looked promising, then wasabandoned in December of 1919.
The German economy continued to worse and a new Benzautomobile eventually cost 25 million marks.
In 1924, from sheer economic necessity, Benz and DMG signedan "Agreement of Mutual Interest." Although both companies retainedtheir identities, the agreement was valid until the year 2000. The twocompanies merged with relative ease on June 28, 1926.
A symbol was chosen forthe combined products of DMG and Benz. The new insignia was a three-pointedstar wreathed with laurel. The word "Mercedes" was at the top and theword "Benz" was at the bottom.
Then merger did the new company well. Production ofMercedes-Benz rose to 7,918 Mercedes-Benz automobiles in 1927. TheMercedes-Benz diesel truck was put into production in 1927, also.
The first two automobiles to sport the Mercedes-Benz namewere the Stuttgartand the Mannheim.Then in 1928 the Mercedes SS was introduced by Mercedes-Benz. This gracefulbody was made possible by a hood line that barely cleared the engine
Mercedes Benz Type
Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser
Mercedes-Benz 770 Grosser
Mercedes-Benz Type 300
Mercedes-Benz Type 300S/Sc
Mercedes-Benz Type 600
Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3
With the aim to serve the customers in India with the latest products and technologicalexcellence from the Mercedes-Benz, Daimler Chrysler entered the Indian marketand set up Mercedes-Benz India Ltd. way back in 1994. In January 2000,Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W 210), ‘Top of the line’ E 240 Petrol and E 220 CDIDiesel versions were launched with several advanced technology and mentionable,high end features. It has a long-term commitment to the Indian market and hasfull support of its parent company for its future plans in India.