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.
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.
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.
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.
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