Where did the Name Mercedes-Benz Come From?
The German-born Mercedes-Benz brand has been around for a long time, and it continues to be a front-runner in the automotive industry for luxurious and versatile vehicles. The company was founded over 90 years ago on June 28, 1926. But where did the name Mercedes-Benz come from?
History of Emil Jellinek
Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler was an industrial designer in Germany, and was the one of the pioneers for the internal-combustion engines and the development of some of the first automobiles. He also invented the high-speed liquid petroleum fueled engine. Daimler was partners with another inventor named Wilhelm Maybach, and the two converted their partnership into a stock company named the Diamler Motors Corporation. Their first automobile was sold in 1892.
Emil Jellinek was an entrepreneur who worked with the Diamler Motors Corporation and helped create the Mercedes 35hp in 1900. Jellinek named the new cars after his daughter Mercedes Jellinek and trademarked the Mercedes name in 1902.
History of Karl Benz
Karl Benz was a engine designer and automobile engineer who was also from Germany. Benz created the Benz Patent Motorcar in 1885, which is considered by many to be the world’s first practical automobile. To support the functionality of the Benz Patent Motorcar, Benz’s wife Bertha took the new automobile on a 66 mile trip. She even served as her own mechanic on the trip. Benz’s company, Benz & Cie, grew exponentially from 1889 to 1899.
After a while of competition between the Diamler Motors Corporation and Benz & Cie, Gottlieb Diamler and Karl Benz’s companies joined forces, and the first Mercedes-Benz vehicles were also produced in 1926.
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