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History of Mercedes (Daimler-Benz) Motor Cars / Automobiles

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  • 8.6.3. Mercedes (Daimler-Benz)
    • The Daimler-Benz AG company was formed in 1926; Mercedes-Benz being a brand name for vehicles produced by the company.
    • Between 1934-36 the company produced the 5,018 cc supercharged 500K model and then the 5,401 cc 540 version (1936-39). When production ceased in 1939 about 760 of these two models had been produced. Mercedes
    • The company also produced the smaller 1,797 cc, 170 V model from 1935/6 to 1942, with production resuming in 1947 until 1955. Nearly 156,000 of these cars were made.
    • The 2,545 cc 260 D model was also produced in the 1930s (1936-39) and it is thought to have been the world’s first diesel powered production car.

      Mecedes 260D 1936-1939
    • The Ponton series of cars started to replace the pre-war designed 170 V model in 1953. These were the 180, 190, 219 and 220 models.
    • Other models produced after the end of World War 2 in 1945 until 1980 include the 230, 250, 280, 300, 350, 450SEL and  600.
    • Between 1965 and 2005 the company also produced the A, B, C, E, M & S Class cars, and the Vaneo, CLK, CLS and SL models.
    • Approx. 2.7 million S-Class cars were produced between 1965 and 2005/6.
    • In 1998 Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler to create DaimlerChrysler AG.
    • Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been manufactured or assembled in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, U.K and U.S.A.
    • Mercedes-Benz cars being produced in 2007 include the A,B,C,E & S Class, SLK/SL/SLR, CLK/CLS/Cl, M, and R models.
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