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Mercedes-Benz: 125th anniversary of the first automobile in the world

Today, Mercedes-Benz celebrates 125 years of registration the patent for the first car in the world. The German manufacturer has invented numerous safety features found on all modern cars. 125 years ago (1886), Karl Benz record at the Patent Office in Berlin the first car in the world. At that time, the Benz patent represented the first automobile in the world, and this was later confirmed by studying other car manufacturers. Since then, January 29th is the birthday of the car. At the same time as Benz, Gottlieb Daimler created the first car with four wheels. Quite apart from each other, the founding fathers of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz brand founded the base for modern automobiles, after which the companies merged.

First Car in the World

The first modern Mercedes passenger cars was introduced in February 1900 and was called the 35 HP. As the name implies, provide the 35 hp model. Twenty-one years later, the Mercedes-Benz cars introduced in the standard brakes on the front wheels. Since summer 1924, all models of Mercedes cars were equipped with brakes on all four wheels. In 1931, Mercedes launched the first mass produced passenger car equipped with independent suspension on all four-wheel hydraulic braking system, marking a real milestone in terms of driving safety and handling.


Innovations in Safety Mercedes has made the first impact-deformable steering column, with safety lock to prevent opening their doors in an impact. Mercedes-Benz has created the world’s first safety car body with rigid passenger compartment and built-in crumple zones, a concept used by today’s cars. Also, Mercedes-Benz offers optional lap belts for front seat passengers since 1958. In the same year that debuted series car equipped with a body mass with predefined deformation zones, the engineers from Mercedes began to perform, consistently, crash tests at the plant in Sindelfingen. By 1973, they were held outdoors. Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to introduce the dual-circuit brake for all car models in range, and steering with safety steering column and telescopic steering are standard absorber impact of the 1967 Mercedes. Like Volvo‘s engineers, those from Mercedes-Benz opened a research center to accidents. That team went on site to investigate actual accidents on the roads in Germany were held to improve the safety of new models. Following this research, the Mercedes-Benz have created safety belt pre-tensioned and then the airbag. Among innovations include Mercedes-Benz safety belts with inertia reel three-point, offset crash tests (frontal part, similar to those in real life), ABS, height-adjustable seatbelts, ESP, brake assist system and more.

Technical Innovations

Mercedes-Benz have developed a series of technical innovations that they use today. These include Active Body Control suspension, AIRMATIC Dual Control system and 4MATIC permanent four-wheel drive system. However, Mercedes has created a safety system that prepares the car accident, even though it takes place or not. Clearly, it aims to avoid the accident. E-Klasse W211 in 2003 received an active cornering light system, which improves visibility by 90%. In terms of lighting systems, Mercedes has created several technologies that are adapted intensity and direction of light rays depending on weather conditions, either by distance from vehicles ahead. Mercedes has created a system that automatically brakes in part that has implemented the first phase, the models S-Klasse W221 and CL C216. If a collision is imminent, Brake Assist Plus prepare and provide maximum power that can bring the car’s braking system. The car in front is monitored using radar technology, which led to the integration of adaptive cruise control system DISTRONIC Plus.

DesignUnlike other brands, Mercedes-Benz had a few chief designers. From 1975 to 1999, Bruno Sacco was chief designer of the Mercedes-Benz. Sacco is largely responsible for modern creations of the mark, then was replaced in 1999 by Professor Peter Pfeiffer. Nine years later, Pfeiffer‘s place is taken by Professor Gorden Wagener, who created the GLK model. Bruno Sacco’s predecessor was Friedrich Geiger and he is responsible for creating the postwar Mercedes-Benz models.

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