A pioneer in the world of luxury transportation, Mercedes-Benz is currently ranked #13 on the Forbes list of the most valuable brands, and for obvious reasons. While the first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicle models were produced starting in 1926, the very first petrol-powered car, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, was patented in 1886. It also wouldn’t be until almost two decades later in 1901 that the Mercedes 35 hp would be introduced to the general public for sale. Fast forward to present time, and Mercedes-Benz has over $100 billion in worldwide car sales, more than 167,000 workers, and continues to be an industry innovator year after year.
Here at AutohausAZ, we know cars. In fact, Mercedes-Benz is one of our top five favorite car brands of all time. Therefore, whenever we have an opportunity to share interesting information on the highly coveted Mercedes-Benz brand, we jump on it. Take a look at these three fun facts about the brand you might not have known until today.
As many people know, Mercedes-Benz is a German car manufacturer. But, did you know that the “Mercedes” part of the brand name is of Spanish origin? To be exact, Mercedes-Benz was partly named after Australian diplomat and racing enthusiast Emil Jellinek’s daughter, Mercédès. Jellinek won many car racing championships in vehicles produced by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. The success brought the brand great press, and so Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft rewarded Jellinek by not only appointing him as a member of its Board of Directors but by using Mercedes in the new company name.
If you’re tired of buying generic car air fresheners that last only a couple of weeks before they need replacement, Mercedes has a solution. The latest Mercedes S-Class model is available with optional “Active Perfuming” that you can use to adjust the smell of the car’s interior. Perfuming can be turned on or off, intensity can be high or low, and there are many fragrances to choose from.
The Pre-Safe system was pioneered by Mercedes-Benz in 2002, a time when collision avoidance systems were but a mere novelty. The Pre-Safe system would sense if a collision was about to occur, and prepared the vehicle’s occupants for impact by moving the car seats into better positions and tightening the seat belts. The Pre-Safe system is an excellent example of the brand contributing to public car safety long before anyone else had even thought of it.
Did you learn something new about Mercedes-Benz that you didn’t know before? We hope you did!
There’s no doubt that Mercedes-Benz has a storied history and one that will keep being written for years to come. So, if you’re interested in learning more fun facts about this esteemed brand, make sure to check out our blog in the future!