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Mercedes Benz

1885: Karl Benz (1844-1929) built a motorised tricycle driven by an oil-spirit internal combustion engine. This is widely held to be the first successful motor vehicle.

1979: The Gelaendewagen four wheel drive.

1994: Fuel cell prototype NECAR 1 (New Electric CAR), based on an MB-100 van.

1997: M-class four wheel drive on sale in the USA late '97, UK and .au '98.

Daimler Chrysler

1998 May 8: Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz announced that they were planning to merge to form Daimler Chrysler Aktiengesellschaft, the new company to be be held by shareholders in Daimler-Benz and Chrysler in the ratio ~57:43. Daimler Benz was then Germany's largest industrial company and Chrysler the #5 car-maker in terms of world production, behind General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen.
1998, 18 September: shareholders in MB and Chrysler approved the deal.

2000 March: Daimler Chrysler announced plans to acquire 1/3 of Mitsubishi (which had debt problems) making the Daimler - Chrysler - Mitsubishi car grouping the world's third largest after GM and Ford.

2000 June 26: Daimler Chrysler and Hyundai Motor Co. agreed to form an alliance under the terms of which DaimlerChrysler would acquire a 10% stake in Hyundai.

2000 December: 100th anniversary of the Mercedes name.

2001 June: Daimlerchrysler and Hyundai announced joint plans to build engines for commercial vehicles. DC bought 10% of Hyundai ~September 2000.

Daimler AG

2007 August, Daimler Chrysler (now Daimler AG) admitted to indigestion over Chrysler and reversed the merger of 1998, selling Chrysler Group, and its liabilities, to Cerberus Capital Management.

2010 April 4: Daimler, Renault and Nissan announced a wide-ranging strategic alliance. (Renault and Nissan formed an alliance in 1999.)

References

David Scott-Moncrieff, The Three-Pointed Star, Gentry Books, London, 1955, revised 1979.
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