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Fact you need to know about Mercedes-Benz


Over 100 Years Of Innovation

Mercedes-Benz is well known for its innovative, high powered, and luxurious vehicles. Spanning
back to the first Mercedes ever created in 1886 to the state of the art benchmark vehicles that
command the road today, there’s a lot that you may not know about the history and greatness of
Mercedes. Dive in with us as we explore 10 fun facts about Mercedes that you probably didn’t know.

The First Automobile Was A Mercedes

The first petrol powered car was invented in 1886 by Carl Benz. Funded by his wife, Bertha Benz,
the petrol powered vehicle only had three wheels and was called the “Motorwagen”.. The Benz
patent Motorwagen was powered by a single cylinder four stroke engine that boasted a blistering
0.9 horsepower.

The First Motorwagen Was Stolen

Okay, this fact is only half true, because the “thief” returned the Motorwagen unharmed. Since
Bertha Benz, Carl Benz’s wife, funded the creation of the Motorwagen, she probably felt a sense of
ownership to the vehicle as well; which is probably why she took it on a 130 mile road trip across
Germany without her husband's knowledge.

Mercedes Made A Hybrid In 1906

While hybrids are highly coveted now, Mercedes made a hybrid back in 1906, well before they ever
became popular. Named the Mercedes-Benz Mixte mode, the vehicle had a gasoline engine in the
front, while a dynamo supplied spark for the two motors that powered the rear wheels. The Mixte
even had an impressive top speed of 75mph.

Mercedes' Were The First To Have Brakes On All Four Wheels

By the middle of 1924, all Mercedes-Benz vehicles were sold with brakes on all four wheels –
solidifying their priority on safety. Following that accomplishment, by 1931, Mercedes introduced
the 170, which had suspension on all four corners. Up front, leaf springs absorbed imperfections in
the road, while the rear was fixed with an innovative spring suspension system.

Mercedes Was First To Implement Crumple Zones

Dedicated to safety, Mercedes continued their research on road safety. Breaking away from the
American motto that a bigger and bulkier car meant a safer ride, Mercedes engineer Béla Barényi
founded research that led to the development of crumple zones. In 1959, special cells within the
body of the vehicle were designed to deform upon impact, deydistributing force, and lessening the
effects of passengers inside.

Antilock Brakes Were Created By Mercedes

Mercedes once again created innovative technology by implementing the breakthrough technology
known as anti-lock brakes Developed with Bosch specifically for the 1978 S Class, anti lock brakes
soon became a standard on all Mercedes vehicles.

Mercedes Developed A Self Driving Car In 1995

While autonomous vehicles seem to be the next innovation in automotive technology, Mercedes
introduced an autonomous self-driving system in the 1995 W140 S Class. Packed with
microsensors, the vehicle was the equivalent of a supercomputer at the time.

It drove over 1,000 miles on the Autobahn and reached speeds of 115mph with little to no human
input. While the system was implemented in production vehicles, the technology was developed
into the many intelligent driver assist features found in modern Mercedes Benz cars of today

Manufactured Globally

While Mercedes is and always will be German, they are manufactured in 30 countries around the

All CPO Vehicles Are Restored By A Mercedes Tech

Ensuring that each Certified Pre Owned vehicle continues its life as the high quality vehicle that
consumers expect, each CPO vehicle is thoroughly conducted by a certified Mercedes-Benz

CPO Vehicles Enjoy An Unlimited Mile Warranty

Featuring industry leading coverage, CPO Mercedes vehicles feature an unlimited mileage warranty
that spans for up to five years. Whether you drive for 10 miles or 100,000 during your journey, your
Mercedes coverage is with you.

Get In A Mercedes-Benz Today

Here at Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento, we feature a wealth of Mercedes-Benz vehicles for you to
choose from. Whether you’re taking advantage of our incredible finance and lease specials, or
browsing our collection of new, used, and CPO vehicles, make your way down to Mercedes-Benz of
Sacramento and come explore Mercedes for yourself.


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