They produce some of the worlds most premium and luxury cars aswell as producing van, buses, trucks, ambulances, coaches and more for their participation in F1.
Daimler subsidiaries include Smart , the Mercedes Maybach (which is Daimlers Ultra Luxury marque) and Mercedes-AMG. AMG was an independant company that specialised in performance enhancements for Mercedes. It is now wholly owned by Daimler Group. Their modifications include enhamced performance, agressive styling, improved handling and more use of carbon fibre.
Their cars are produced in over 30 countries all around the world through many partnerships and are well know for the reliability and craftmanship of their models. In recent years (as manufacturers fight for market share) Mercedes have brough in many alternative models and "cheaper" ranges to attract new conquest customers to the brand. The introduction of the A-Class was the finest example of this, with the A-Class becoming a more favored choice of hatchback whilst appealing to new generations and clientele to the brand.
Mercedes have always maintained an impeccable safety record, they were one of the few producers in the early 1920's to have brakes and suspension leafs to all four wheels. In the 1950's they patented the "crumple zone" technology and became the first manufacturer to build cars with this advancement from 1959.
They also refined the ABS (anti-lock braking system) in the 1970's with Bosch and by the late 1970's they were standard on all Mercedes.
Did you know:
- Mecedes produced the first hybrid in 1906 with the Mixte that could go 75 mph. As the petrol car dominated the market, this technology was left behind.
- The logo of the company represents air, land, and water. The company thought about adding a fourth point to the star to represent space, but decided not to.
- he “Mercedes” part of Mercedes-Benz was named after Emil Jellinek’s daughter "Mercedes" in 1901. Jellinek was an automobile entrepreneur at the time and worked with the company and trademarked the 1901 Mercedes 35hp.
- Pope Benedict XVI’s car was a Mercedes-Benz. It was called the Popemobile.