- Mercedes Benz
Many vehicles have interesting origins for their names, and Mercedes Benz is no different. In January of 1886, Karl Benz debuted the world's first automobile, a three wheeler called the Benz Patent Motor Car. He soon developed a partnership with Gottlieb Daimler, and the first Mercedes rolled out in 1901. It was commissioned by one of Daimler's main distributors, and was ultimately named after his daughter, Mercedes.
It wasn’t until 1926 that Daimler and Benz merged to form Daimler-Benz AG, and the Mercedes-Benz brand was formed. Their emblem is a three point star that is representative of Daimler’s engines that were used in vehicles that traveled over land, in the air and across the sea.
In 1931 Mercedes became the world's first production car to have four-wheel independent suspension. In the 1950’s the 300 SL "Gullwing," sports car was introduced and is still coveted by collectors today. That same decade they introduced their patented "crumple zone" body design, created to absorb impact in the event of a crash.
In the 1990’s Mercedes-Benz partnered with a performance and tuning shop called AMG that upped the ante with power and performance. Mercedes eventually bought AMG and now most of their models offer AMG-tuned versions.
Mercedes-Benz has always been known for not only their cutting edge safety technology, but their emphasis on luxury and refinement, that have become sleek symbols of status, success and good taste.