History of Mercedes Benz car Company
Mercedes Benz is a subsidiary of the German manufacturer Daimler AG. The story of Mercedes Benz starts with the invention of the first petrol motor car engine by Karl Benz in the year 1886. The other personalities involved with the evolution of Mercedes Benz are Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. These were the founders of Mercedes Benz cars and pioneer manufacturers of the first cars in the world.
Then there is an interesting story of how the name 'Mercedes', the name of a Spanish girl, got inside. For further reading see the article "The history behind the Mercedes-Benz brand and the three-pointed star" at the Daimler AG website
Mr. Carl Benz gets world's first patent for a motor car in 1886
We have above an image of the world's first car, which was awarded a patent as a motor car for the first ime in the world. The important features of this earliest car were that it had a 4 stroke, 0.75 HP, petrol engine. It had space for 2 passengers and wire spoked wheels.
The patent application was made on January 29, 1886. The application was titled “vehicle powered by a gas engine” and patent No.37435 was awarded to Mr. Karl Benz for his the three-wheeled Benz Patent Motor Car, model no. 1.
Mercedes Benz India history
Mercedes-Benz has been operating in India for over 60 years. They started in India in 1954 in partnership with the Tatas for making commercial vehicles under the trade name Tata-Benz. In 1994 Mercedes Benz signed an agreement with the Tatas to produce luxury cars in India and in next year 1995, the first Mercedes Benz car made in India, the Mercedes Benz model E220 were sold in India. These first Indian made Mercedes Benz cars were assembled from completely knocked down (CKD) kits imported from Germany. In 2000 Mercedes bought out the shares of Tatas in their joint venture, and Mercedes Benz's operations in India became 100% Owned by Mercedes under their Indian Company Mercedes-Benz India Pvt.Ltd. Mercedes Benz now has two factories in India, one in Chakan, Pune for car production and another factory in Oragadam, Chennai for commercial vehicles.
Rare Photo of an early Benz car
The above is a picture from the Daimler website. Even more than a 100 years ago, the Benz cars were very good.