Some things you didn’t know about Mercedes-Benz

March 10th, 2020 by

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Some things you didn’t know about Mercedes-Benz

If you are a Mercedes-Benz fanatic, then you would probably claim that you know everything about the brand. But there are some amazing facts about this great German car company that even you might not know. At Mercedes-Benz Kitchener-Waterloo, we are not just in the business of dealing with high-end luxury and performance vehicles to our valued customers. We take great pride in supplying the public with quality Mercedes-Benz content about interesting topics that relate to our industry. In this blog, we take a look at a few things that you may not know about the Mercedes-Benz brand. 

The first Mercedes-Benz vehicle 

Karl Benz, the co-founder of Mercedes-Benz, patented a three-wheeled automobile back in 1886. It was the first car ever made in history. It featured a 954cc gasoline-powered single-piston four-stroke engine that made a whopping 0.9 HP (which was a lot at the time).

The first-ever Mercedes-Benz Hybrid vehicle 

Mercedes-Benz produced hybrid cars long before the idea became popular. In 1906, Mercedes-Benz introduced its Mixte model which was a pure hybrid car. It featured a gasoline engine in the front that powered the front wheels and a dynamo at the back that powered the electric motors at the back. Talk about thinking ahead of the time.

The first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to feature brakes and separate suspension 

Mercedes-Benz is known for pioneering countless things in the automotive industry. So when it comes to brakes and suspensions, Mercedes-Benz was the first company to designate separate brakes and suspension for each individual wheel.

The iconic silver color of the Mercedes-Benz 

If you are a Mercedes-Benz fan, then you might have noticed that the default color of every Mercedes-Benz model is silver. Well, there is a story behind this iconic color. This story dates back to 1934. Mercedes-Benz was participating in the Grand Prix at the famous Nurburgring track that year. However, their racing car, the W25, weighed one kilogram more than the required limit (which was 750 gm/1650lbs).

In order to lose that extra kilogram, the bosses at the pits ordered the mechanics to scrape off the pearl white paint of the car. The mechanics did exactly that, and the scraping exposed the silver color of the metal body. The car was the right weight, and since then the color silver was chosen to represent the brand.

First car company to use electric ABS 

Mercedes-Benz is also credited as the first car company to use the modern electronically controlled ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). They introduced this system for their 1978 W116 S-Class. The system was developed through a joint venture project of Mercedes-Benz and Bosch. Not so long after, this ABS system was featured in all the other models of Mercedes-Benz.

If you are a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast then there is a good chance that you may have already known about a few of these things. However, for those people that are new to Mercedes-Benz, now you know a few interesting things about the brand’s past. Check out our Mercedes-Benz Kitchener-Waterloo website for more information about our vehicles and our dealership. Click here to find our contact information or speak with a representative.