Mercedes Benz History
1885: Gottlieb Daimler (1834-1900) built a motorised bicycle in 1885 and a 4-wheel motor carriage in 1886.
1886 January 29:
Karl Benz applied for a patent
1900: Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG) produced the first Mercedes car of a modern configuration - 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed + reverse gearbox. It was named after the daughter of Emile Jellinek who ordered a large number and de-facto became the first dealer of Daimler cars. The 1902 Simplex is oldest existing Mercedes.
1902: Mercedes registered as a trademark.
On March 1, 1902 the first 40hp Mercedes Simplex was supplied to
Emil Jellinek in Nice. It was named after Jellinek's daughter.
1924: The firms of Daimler and Benz signed an "agreement of mutual interest" and they merged to form Mercedes-Benz in 1926.
1932 March, Geneva Motor Show: Daimler-Benz AG launched the Lo 2000 -- the world's first lightweight two-ton production truck that was optionally available with a diesel engine.
1952 March 12: Launch of the racing sports car version of the 300SL (it of the gullwing doors).
1952: The Mercedes of Lang and Riess won
1955: A Mercedes Benz 300 SLR,
driven by Pierre Levegh, was involved in an
accident in the
a 1955 300 SL
1957 March, Geneva: 300SL roadster launched.
1979: Gelaendewagen 4x4.
Sauber-Mercedes of Mass, Dickens and Reuter won the
1997: M-class 4x4.
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. Shareholders in MB and Chrysler approved the deal on 18 September.
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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