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When was the Mercedes-Benz brand born?

The Mercedes-Benz brand has a long history that begins with Gottlieb Daimler, born in Germany in 1834. Daimler, along with Wilhelm Maybach, worked to craft a high-performance engine that could drive a vehicle without horses. The two engineers worked together to create a test engine with a vertical cylinder, dubbed the Grandfather Clock. This design, crafted in 1884, would be what allowed Daimler and Maybach to eventually install an engine in a motor vehicle.

Using the Grandfather Clock design as a template, Daimler and Gottlieb built a smaller single-cylinder engine that they installed in a carriage that resembled a bicycle, essentially inventing the motorcycle. This motorcycle-like vehicle earned the name Daimler Reitwagen, or Daimler Riding Car. This marked a major milestone in automotive production, and it would go on to inspire engineers to reach for new heights.

The fusion of the Mercedes and Benz brands into the singular Mercedes-Benz brand name launched in 1926.

What was the first car?

The first car was the Benz Patent Motor car, patented in 1886. Carl Benz, inspired by Daimler and Maybach, took a different approach to design. Instead of finding a way to install an engine in a preexisting vehicle, he sought to design a motor car as an independent construction with a horizontal cylinder. He designed this vehicle with three wheels because he didn't like the way that the single-pivot steering of carriages at the time worked, creating an innovative and unique motor car.

Benz submitted a patent for his automobile to the Imperial Patent Office, and the first automobile was born.

Where are Mercedes-Benz vehicles produced?

Mercedes-Benz is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, where Daimler and Wilhelm worked together all those decades ago. The main production facilities for Mercedes-Benz are also in Stuttgart, but Mercedes-Benz operates several plants around the world, including right here in the United States. There are production plants in about 22 countries, giving Mercedes-Benz a far reach.

What are the current cars in the Mercedes-Benz lineup?

The current Mercedes-Benz lineup is home to a dazzling array of new models that offer Malibu and Agoura Hills drivers plenty of ways to add a few extra layers of luxury and performance to every mile. Whether you have your eye on a sleek Mercedes-Benz sedan like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or a roomy SUV like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, you can find plenty of enticing new vehicles to explore here at our Mercedes-Benz dealership serving Westlake Village. If you want a closer look at the Mercedes-Benz lineup and the kinds of vehicles that you can browse in our new Mercedes-Benz inventory, we invite you to explore our inventory online or stop by our dealership so that one of our Mercedes-Benz experts can talk you through the details.

Which Mercedes-Benz class is the best?

If you're exploring models like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Mercedes-Benz G-Class and wondering which one is the best, our team can help you decide. The Mercedes-Benz lineup has something to suit just about everyone, so there's not really any such thing as the best model in our inventory. It all comes down to which one is right for you.

All Mercedes-Benz models offer smooth rides, premium interiors, powerful performance, and generous technology, and it's our job to help you determine which one is the best fit for your lifestyle based on your specific needs.

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If you have more questions, you can always call on our team of Mercedes-Benz experts to help you find the answers you need. Connect with us here at our Mercedes-Benz dealership near Simi Valley and Moorpark to learn more.

  1. Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks - AndersonAutos

    3905 Auto Mall Drive
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

    • Sales: 805-601-7840
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