is a German company that is renowned for creating innovative and stunningly designed vehicles. From their inception in 1886 they have created ground-breaking vehicles that have utilised expertly designed engines and technology.
Although the company had the first patent on a petrol engine, which was used in stage coaches, it was not until 1901 that their first production automobile was released and it was not until 1928 that the company became known as Mercedes-Benz.
Since that time Mercedes have become synonymous with advanced design, technology and safety features which have made their vehicles some of the most renowned vehicles in the world.
These innovations have set the standard for modern car design and include the internal combustion engine, the honeycomb radiator, the float carburettor, the “drop chassis”, 4-wheel braking and crumple zones for improved safety during a crash. All of these features have become the standard for all vehicles ever since.
More recently, Mercedes have developed the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) which improves driving experience and gives the driver better control of their vehicles.
The first Mercedes vehicle was produced in 1928 and was called the Mercedes-Benz SSK (pictured above) which was a roadster that could reach top speeds of 120 miles per hour and at the time was the fastest car in the world. Thanks to this speed it was the most successful sports car of its generation.
Their next notable automobile was the Mercedes-Benz 260 D which was released in 1936 and was the second car ever to have been made with a diesel engine.
Throughout the 1950’s Mercedes had a lot of success with the Mercedes-Benz Type 300 which was the fifties equivalent of the modern S-Class. It was powerful, elegant and exclusive.
In the nineties, Mercedes-Benz released their C-Class
(pictured left) which was later developed into the CLC-Class, C-Class Sportcoupe, CLK-Class and the E-class Coupe.
All of these vehicles created a prestigious image for the company, creating brand identity and loyalty from its customers. Throughout the years the company have also demonstrated that they can create quality cars and have won many awards for their vehicles.
In-keeping with the company’s innovative nature, Mercedes have also taken their place within the electric car market and as of 2007 have manufactured several low carbon vehicles.
Of these vehicles, the F700 concept car was revealed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and as of 2009 the Mercedes-Benz S400 Blue HYBRID (pictured) and Mercedes-Benz Blue ZERO were both released and have been earmarked as the future of car manufacturing. These vehicles boast impressive CO2 emissions of 74 grams, making them great for eco-conscious drivers.
Now that electric vehicles are becoming more of a reality the company is also starting to develop Elektrobay recharging units that are currently being installed in various locations throughout the UK.