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Mercedes-Benz - Car Technology Innovation

Mercedes-Benz Car Technology Innovation 1886 Invention of the Motor Car On 29th January 1886, Karl Benz registered a patent for a three wheeled motor car in Berlin. In the same year Gottlieb Daimler developed the first four-wheeled automobile. Ever since, Mercedes Benz has and still continues to be leading innovators in the passenger car industry · from developing in areas including driving technology, comfort, safety and design. 1901 First Modern Passenger Car The Mercedes 35 HP was the first passenger car that took the form that is recognised today. Including tech- nical features including a long wheelbase, wide track, low centre of gravity and a slanted steering column the progress made in 1900 still has an everlasting effect to modern motor vehicles. 1924 Brakes Innovations 4 wheel brakes became available on all Mercedes Benz models. 1928-1932 The Sports Car Mercedes-Benz created the SSK, a Roadster that was highly regarded and became infamous because of its competitive successes. It could reach speeds of 120mph, making it the fastest car of its time. Fewer than 40 were ever made, and many were crashed in races. 1930s Mercedes Benz 770 The Mercedes-Benz 770 was an extremely luxurious car built by the prestigious firm in the 1930s - it is widely recognised because it was the preferred car of high ranking Nazi officials though out the war. Because of this fame, it was once the most expensive car ever sold at auction, reaching $153,000 in 1973. 1936 The First Diesel Passenger Car The Mercedes-Benz 260D was one of the first two Diesel engine passenger cars ever created. It was introduced at the Berlin Motor Show, and it could reach a top speed of 59mph. Just under 2000 vehicles were produced until Mercedes had to stop production for the war. Late 1930s The Record Breaker This strange, futuristic silver car was used in 1938 by Rudolf Caracciola to beat the world record for speed on a public road: the car reached 268mph over a flying kilometre, and it remains the world record today. Bernd Rosemeyer died that day trying to beat Caracciola's record. 1950s Mercedes Benz Type 300 This car was the epitome of luxury, and used by politi- cians and businessmen alike. Most notably, it was equipped with Becker Radios, VHF Mobile Telephones, and dictation machines, all the 'modcons' of the era! Later editions included vacuum assisted power breaks. 1958 Large Scale Petrol Injection Petrol injection, a fuel injection system once used in wartime aeroplanes went into large scale production. 1959 Safety Innovations Mercedes-Benz developed the first Safety Cell' with front and rear crumple zones designed to protect passengers in crashes. It is widely considered one of the most important safety innovations. 1972 The First 'S-Class' This flagship vehicle of Mercedes-Benz was first intro- duced in 1972 – it was designed with more masculine lines compared to the curves of previous cars to make it look sportier. A later model in 1975 was the first produc electronic 4-wheel ABS, onwards models featured the largest Mercedes post-war engine and self-levelling hydropneumatic suspension. This was also Mercedes-Benz's first Turbodiesel. tion car to the 1978 1970s The Experimental Vehicle The C111 was a series of experimental cars produced in the 60s and 70s. They were created so Mercedes could experiment with Wankel engines, Diesel engines, and Turbochargers. They also tested out Gullwing doors, and air conditioning. 1978 Widespread Use of Antilock Breaking System (ABS) The first use in production cars of this system designed to maintain driver control in heavy breaking situations. 1980s The World's First Robot Car With the help of a team from the University of Munich, Mercedes set about building the first robot car. Because of the team's success, the Euro- pean Union launches the Prometheus Project; a OY 320 624 study into driverless cars that has received over $1bn of funding to date. Mercedes original project reached the height of its success when they succeeded in sending a driverless car more than 1000km down a Paris multi-lane highway. 1981 First Airbag in a Production Passenger Car 15 years of work resulted in the first airbag, which was fitted into the Mercedes Benz S-Class. 1994 World's First Fuel Cell Car H,0 Fuel cells generate electricity in a chemical reac- tion between hydrogen and oxygen, it is extremely efficient. It yields only pure water vapour. 1995 Driving Safety System ESP ESP is a computer system that protects the driver by detecting and preventing the loss of traction, i.e. skidding. 1995 Mercedes-Benz and AMG AMG engineers, manufactures and customises Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and they specialised in improv- ing performance. The first Mercedes model built with AMG was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, an executive car. AMG gave the car racing-tuned suspension, and it did 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. The rare AMG SL73 was manufactured in 1995 also, and featured the most powerful V12 engine put in a Mercedes at the time. 2002 PRE-SAFE Mercedes pioneered a system called PRE-SAFE which can detect an imminent crash. It uses EPS sensors to detect steering angle and acceleration. Also known as Anticipatory Occupant Protection System. The Mercedes SLR Mclaren and 7-speed Automatic Transition 2003 A car developed jointly by Mercedes Benz and Mclaren, it has a Sensotronic brake system, an aerodynamic design, and a hand-built, supercharged, V8 engine. Its carbon fibre, reinforced plastics keep the weight low, so it can reach 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds. In 2003 Mercedes also introduced the world's first 7-speed automatic transition. 2006 BlueTEC Diesel Technology as Standard and PRE-SAFE Brake BlueTEC is technology developed to reduce emissions in diesel engines, Daimler developed it at the same time as the PRE SAFE brake, which detects if emer gency action is required and at fast speeds and deploys autonomous brakes. BEJEEES 2009 The SLS AMG This 2-seater luxury grand tourer was designed by AMG. It has gullwing doors for a futuristic look and there is even an electric version of this car. 2009 Attention Assist A system designed by Mercedes to combat driver exhaustion and fatigue - it measures speed, acceleration, steering wheel angle and more to detect if the driver is tired, and it produces a warning. First Series Hybrid with Lithium-lon Battery 2009 Lithium-ion batteries started as expensive tech- nology, but they are now becoming an affordable solution for hybrid cars. This type of battery can be rapidly recharged. 2009 Fuel Cell Passenger Car in Small-Series Production Mercedes release the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell car into mass production. 2010 Active Blind Spot Assist Mercedes releases ingenious technology that can detect when another driver is in the vehicle's blind spot. The radar sensor lights a warning light in the side mirror if there is a car in the blind spot. 2010 Active Lane Keeping Assist The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is designed to create a vibration in the steering wheel if the driver begins to veer over road lanes. It was designed by Mercedes to combat driver exhaustion and fatigue – it measures speed, acceleration, steer ing wheel angle and more to detect if the driver is tired, it then produces a warning. 2010 Blue Direct Engines Blue Direct engines are 4.6 litre, twin-turbocharged, v-8 engines with centrally-located piezo fuel injectors and advanced multispark technology. 80,000 The 1928 roadster, the SSK registered patents to date, including a fuel injection innovation called the 'einspritzmotor, which was invented in the 1950s, and now comes as stan dard in all their cars. was a nominee in the penulti- mate round ofthe 'Car of the Century' award in 1999: it was chosen by motoring experts and an online public vote. It was beaten to the top spot by the Ford Model T. The first version of the experimental Ci1 featured a fibreglass body and could reach speeds of 180mph, it was completed in 1969. The third version of the car reached 200mph in 1978 at the Nardo ring in Italy. In 1999 Mercedes introduced the C112: a road legal ver sion of the C111, as a production sports car, but even after they received 700 deposits, they decided not to continue with production. SLR STIRLING MOSS In 2009 there was a special edition SLR 'Stirling Moss' with no roof or windscreen, only 75 vehicles were ever produced, and it was the last series produced from the Mercedes Mclaren partnership. The car's top speed is 220mph, and it can reach 0-100kph in just 3.5 seconds. The Stirling Moss car was only available to those who already owned an SLR. ...-.-...... Every single 3 M-100 6.9 and 6.3 V8 Mer cedes engine was hand-built and tested on an engine dyno for just over four hours, 40 minutes of which were at full throttle. POPEMOBILE is based on a Mercedes. Apparently a man in Dubai has a Mercedes G-Wagen fitted with a 720bph Mclaren SLR engine – rumour has it this car can reach. 0-60mph in 4 seconds, The extremely rare 450SLC 5.0 is unusual as it is the only auto- matic rally car that has achieved international success. Mercedes claim their cars will never rattle, no matter how old they are, as they are welded in 10.000 places. SOURCES http:dlu http://www.daimler com T.Com http://www.tongcU //www.andae Com http://wwwo webtise. -benz http://www.businessinsider com COUNTY) CAR & VAN RENTAL

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