Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. It is currently a division of the parent company, Daimler AG. Mercedes-Benz originated after Karl Benz's creation of the first automobile in January 1886 and was first marketed in 1901. The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, after Karl Benz's and Gottlieb Daimler's companies merged into the Daimler Benz Company. Mercedes-Benz has used many technological and safety innovations and parts that became common in other vehicles later. From the beginning Mercedes-Benz has a reputation for quality and durability. Mercedes temporarily returned to the industry average for initial quality, a measure of problems after the first 90 days of ownership, according to J.D in mid 2005. In, Power's Initial Quality Study for the first quarter of 2007, Mercedes showed dramatic improvement by moving from 25th to 5th place, surpassing Toyota and earned several awards for its models. Mercedes-Benz's initial quality rating improved by yet another mark and is in the fourth place from 2008, it also received the Platinum Plant Quality Award for its Mercedes Sindelfingen, German assembly plant. Innovations The "Safety cage" or "Safety cell" construction with front and rear crumple zones was first developed by Mercedes-Benz in 1951. This is considered by many as the most important innovation in automobile construction from a safety standpoint. Anti lock brakes (ABS), traction control and airbags were innovations of Mercedes-Benz in the European market. These technologies were introduced in 1978, 1986 and 1980 respectively. In September 2003, Mercedes-Benz introduced '7G Tronic', the world's first 7 speed automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz was the first to introduce pre-tension to seat belts on the 1981 S Class. In the event of a crash, a pre tensioner will tighten the belt instantaneously, preventing the passenger from jerking forward. Production Besides its native, Germany, Mercedes-Benz vehicle parts are also manufactured or assembled in: Argentina - buses, trucks and the Sprinter vans. The first factory of Mercedes-Benz outside of Germany Austria - (G-Class) Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil - buses, trucks, C-class passenger cars, established in 1956 Canada China Egypt Hungary - (construction of a new plant in the country announced on June 18, 2008, for next generation A- and B-Class) India Indonesia Iran Malaysia Mexico Nigeria - buses, trucks, utility motors and the van Sprinter South Africa South Korea - Mercedes branded Musso and MB100 models manufactured by SsangYong - Motor Company Thailand Turkey United Kingdom - The SLR sports car is built at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. USA
B-Class Sports Tourer/Hatchback
C-Class Sedan, Sports Coupe & Wagon
CLK-Class Coupe & Cabriolet
CLS-Class "4-door Coupe"
CLC-Class luxury compact car
E-Class Sedan & Wagon
G-Class Cross country vehicle
R-Class Sports Tourer
SLR-McLaren High Performance Coupe & Roadster
Significant car models produced
1928: SSK legendary racing car
1930: 770 "Grosser Mercedes" state and ceremonial car
1934: 500 K
1936: 260 D World's first diesel production car
1938: W195 Speed Record breaker
1951: Mercedes-Benz 300, knownly as "Adenauer Mercedes"
1953: "Ponton" Models
1954: 300SL "Gullwing"
1959: "Fintail" Models
1960: 220SE Cabriolet
1963: 600 "Grand Mercedes"
1963: 230SL "Pagoda"
1965: Mercedes-Benz S Class
1966: 300SEL 6.3
1969: C111 experimental vehicle
1972: Mercedes-Benz W107 350SL
1974: 450SEL 6.9
1979: 500SEL and G Class
1983: 190E 2.3-16
1986: First 'E Class'
1993: First 'C Class'
1995: First 'Joint Mercedes-Benz & AMG' (C43 AMG)
1995: Mercedes-Benz SL73 AMG, 7.3L V12 (biggest engine ever put in a Mercedes-Benz)
1996: Mercedes-Benz Renntech E7.4RS
1997: Mercedes-Benz M-Class
1998: Mercedes-Benz CLK
2004: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
2004: Mercedes-Benz CLS
2007: E320, GL320 Bluetec, ML320 Bluetec, R320 Bluetec