Mercedes-Benz brand is world-famous for its luxury, refinement and status symbol.
In 1886, Karl Benz unveiled the world's first automobile-a three-wheeled vehicle named The Benz Patent Motor Car.
A few months later, Gottlieb Daimler and his chief engineer Wilhelm Maybach rolled out a four-wheeled vehicle powered by his Daimler engine.
Following Daimlers death, the first Mercedes was launched in 1901.Built by Maybach the car was commissioned by Emil Jellinek, one of Daimler's primary distributors, and was named after Jellinek's daughter, Mercedes.
In 1926, the companies founded by Daimler and Benz merged to form Daimler-Benz AG, and the Mercedes-Benz brand was born. The company's insignia was a three-pointed star wreathed in a laurel.
From its humble beginnings, the Mercedes-Benz name was synonymous with automotive excellence.
The 1931 Mercedes-Benz 170, distinguished itself as the world's first production car to offer four-wheel independent suspension.
The 30s and 40s saw Mercedes establishing itself as the brand of choice for car buyers offering the ultimate in luxury-the 380 and 540K.
The 1950s witnessed the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, described as being the world's first supercar with its dramatic styling and race-bred technology.
The 50s also saw Daimler-Benz providing safety technology its patented crumple zone body design.
In the 60s the company re-affirmed its position as the home of automotive luxury excellence with the launch of the Mercedes-Benz 600, and the launch of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 0 to 60 in under seven seconds.
The 70s saw the birth of the S-Class and also Mercedes offering the first anti-lock brakes in its vehicles.
Safety advancements continued in the 1980s:
The first to offer airbags and traction control.
The manufacturer also raised the bar in terms of ride comfort and handling when it introduced multi-link rear suspension. This technology was evident in the compact Mercedes-Benz 190 E, and it remains a vital component of the company's chassis engineering to this day.
Mercedes-Benz partnered with AMG in 1990-a performance and tuning shop that was eventually purchased by the company.
The first AMG model offered was the sporty C36 AMG in 199 since then, Mercedes has gone on to offer an AMG-tuned version of almost all of its vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz name has been synonymous with luxury and refinement along with a dedication to safety and trust. The brand is also loved and cherished around the globe by those who value status, quality, and ground-breaking innovation.
The company's current line-up is the most comprehensive in its history. With a variety of sedans, coupes, SUVs and roadsters for sale in South Africa:
A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, CL-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, G-Class, GL-Class, M-Class, S-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class, SLSAMG and Viano