Mercedes is an iconic make of car with a fascinating history. It all began in 1886 when Karl Benz created the first petrol powered car, the Benz Patent Motor Wagon. At the time, this was an incredible feat of innovation; it gives the brand a firm position as one of the forefathers of motor vehicles and not as just a luxury vehicle distributor! A little later, in 1901, Gottlieb Daimler produced a vehicle which he named Mercedes.
For many years, Daimler and Benz operated as competitors within the budding automobile market. The period after World War 1 saw increasingly poor sales figures as the market for luxury goods such as passenger cars was heavily affected by inflation and the aftermath of the war. In 1925, Daimler and Benz's companies combined to form what we now recognise as the Mercedes-Benz motor company in order to remain competitive.
Following the devastation of the world wars, Mercedes began producing its luxury cars once again, using the pre-war designs as the basis for production. The company is famed for producing vehicles which not only look incredible but also push the boundaries in terms of new technologies. One notable example of this was the release of the 300SL gullwing supercar, which came out in the 1950s and amazed the world with its advanced technology, firmly establishing Mercedes-Benz's high tech image.
Mercedes-Benz has continued to sit firmly as a worldwide recognised name in the automobile industry and for good reason. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Mercedes S class sits firmly as the certified most reliable car in the world, which is quite an impressive claim! No matter how luxurious your vehicle is, you still want to be able to rely on it to get you from A to B. These are designs that can be relied upon to function well and look great too.