Mercedes-Benzcars are one of the leading bestselling auto makers in the global market. Based in Stuttgart, Germany these pioneers of the automotive sector have been the prominent providers for about 88 years now. With so many years it has always come up with something new in every aspect be it performance, speed or economical with a wide range of automobiles from hatchbacks, sedans to trucks and school buses. No matter what they come up with, every model has an entirely different technology.
The first century of development
Karl Benz in 1886 unveiled the first automobile which was propelled by an internal combustion engine, Benz Patent Motorwagen. It was a three wheeled automobile with a rear mounted 954 cc single cylinder four stroke engine which produced 0.9 hp. Several modifications came by later which produced upto 2 hp with a top speed of 10 mph. Later in 1926 Daimler and Mercedes-Benz merged with the name Daimler-Benz AG. Soon after the merger came 3 Mercedes-Benz cars: 130, 150 and 170 H. all 3 models had a rear mounted four cylinder engines which removed the usage of drive shaft, hence the term “H”. These were not a huge commercial success but they were the first kind to use independent suspension. Yet another innovation in 1950 witnessed a sports car by this brand, Mercedes-Benz 300SL which was the fastest producing car of that time. It had a 3 liter Single Overhead Camshaft straight six front engine and rear wheel drive with a 4 speed manual transmission system and Bosch Direct injection system which produces 115 hp. Incorporating aerodynamics played a major role which allowed it to attain a top speed of 161 mph.
This has also won the brand three 24 hours of LeMans races, thanks to its high speed and less aerodynamic drag. Yet another milestone achieved by this brand in 1963 was the introduction of W108 and W109 luxury cars. They ran a long course of 7 years. The initial models came with a 2.5 liter inline 6 cylinder engine with a top speed of 182 kmph and do 0-100 kmph in 13 seconds. Later in 1964 came the upgraded version W100 with a 6.3 liter V8 engine which did 0-100 kmph in 6.3 seconds. And since then all the models have been coming with V8 only. In 1990 the engine was further amped up by the use of highly powerful AMG engine. The first model which had incorporated the AMG engine was the Mercedes-Benz C63.
First phase of 2000’s
The 2000’s saw a completely new face to this brand name. Among the commercial cars came the A, B, C, CL, CLK, E and so on apart from this numerous trucks were launched too in the global market. Among the commercial models the most famous were the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and Mercedes-Benz CLK. The 1st generation of the latter which came in 1996 was a mid-sized grand tourer luxury coupe with a 2 liter inline 4 cylinder engine. The next update of this came with a 3.2 liter V6 engine and a 6.2 liter V12 in 1998, CLK 55 AMG in 2000. All these were available with a Tiptronic automatic transmission system only. The most famous 2nd generation model the CLK63 AMG was powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine with a seven speed automatic transmission, producing 507 hp and does 0-60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. The former grand tourer which came into picture in 2003 was powered by a 5.4 liter supercharged V8 mid-engine and a 5 speed automatic transmission. The SLR featured a new brake-by-wire system wherein the brakes are controlled electrically and a rear mounted spoiler for better aerodynamics.
This is not the end, this was just only the first phase of 2000 and there are more things to come by in the near future with new design features and cutting edge technology.