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Welcome to our Mercedes-Benz History page, I have compiled a list of Mercedes-Benz history that can be useful to you if you are interested in Mercedes-Benz Automobiles. I have also made a list of some important people and their history plus biographies. There you will find the complete history of how it all began. This page is now way a substitute for the history page in the official Mercedes-Benz Web Site. If you find any errors on this page or would like to contribute more information to this page please e-mail me.
1909. Daimler's star. The suggestion to use the star as a trademark came from Gottlieb Daimler's sons.
Their father had once sent his wife a postcard with a star marking out the house where he was living in Deutz.
"One day this star will shine down on my work", he said. In 1909 a trademark was taken out on the star.
Its three points symbolizes the three branches of motorisation: on land, on water and in the air.
"It all started with two different ideas from two different men with two different cars. Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz each created their own companies, manufacturing their own cars. Their companies produced brilliant automobiles as rivals for about 30 years, until economic ties caused their two respectful companies to merge and create what today is the greatest automobile in the world. The history of the Daimler-Benz group began in October 1883, when Karl Benz, Max Rose and Friedrich Wilhelm Esslinger founded Benz & Co. (which became Benz & Cie. in 1899) Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik OHG in Mannheim. The first motor cars took to the road in 1886: the Benz patent motor car made its first public trip through the streets of Mannheim in July of that year and around the same time, although the two inventors were working quite separately, Gottlieb Daimler carried out trials with his first motor carriage. In 1890, Daimler founded the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) in Bad Cannstatt, near Stuttgart. America's first fully functional vehicle engine, built in Hartford, Connecticut, was designed on the basis of plans produced by Daimler. After the war, both companies were affected by the world economic crisis; it became necessary to diversify and in addition to motor vehicles, typewriters were produced in Untertürkheim and bicycles in Marienfelde. The troubled economic climate and the large number of vehicle manufacturers contending for a share of the market forced companies to form alliances. In 1924 the Daimler and Benz companies formed an association of common interest, marketing their cars under the trade name Mercedes-Benz."
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