Electronic Stability Control

Twenty years ago this month Mercedes-Benz first introduced the technology that has become the Electronic Stability Program that is now required on all cars sold in the United States.  The technology is designed to reduce understeer and oversteer by braking individual wheels or cutting engine power when necessary.

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Mercedes Heritage: February 2011

75 years ago – from 15 February to 1 March 1936:
The world’s first series-produced diesel passenger car, the Mercedes-Benz 260 D (W 138), was unveiled at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Show in Berlin. Also on display at the show were the new passenger car models 170 V (W 136) and 170 H (W 28).
65 years ago – on 22 February 1946:
The first car engine to be built after the end of the war, a 1.7 litre four-cylinder model for the Mercedes-Benz 170 V, was produced in Untertürkheim.
60 years ago – on 24 February 1951:
Daimler-Benz competed in the “Premio Presidente de la Naciòn Juan D. Peron” in Argentina with three pre-war W 154 racing cars.
25 years ago – from 3 to 8 February 1986:
Daimler presented key vehicle safety elements in Rovaniemi, Finland – acceleration skid control (ASR) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles and the automatic locking differential (ASD) for the automatically activated four-wheel drive (4MATIC) in passenger cars.

Mercedes Heritage: January 2011

125 years ago – on 29 January 1886: Carl Benz filed the patent application for his three-wheeled “automobile with gas-engine drive”. German Patent number 37,435, dated 2 November 1886, is seen as the “birth certificate” of the automobile. Daimler AG will hold a ceremony to celebrate the start of the anniversary year. Continue reading

February 1936: the diesel engine celebrates its premiere in the passenger car

  • The Mercedes-Benz 260 D of 1936 was the first series-production passenger car with a diesel engine
  • Diesel technology at Mercedes-Benz is an almost one hundred year history of innovation
  • Modern car diesel engines are economical, powerful and refined power units
  • BlueTEC and hybrid drive make the diesel an engine technology for the future
Stuttgart – The Mercedes-Benz 260 D in the W 138 series was the world’s first series-production diesel passenger car. In February 1936 – 50 years after the invention of the petrol-powered automobile by Carl Benz – Mercedes-Benz presented this revolutionary vehicle at the International Motorcycle and Automobile Exhibition in Berlin. Its 2.6-litre OM 138 four-cylinder engine with the Mercedes-Benz pre-chamber system and a Bosch injection pump developed 33 kW (45 hp) at 3200 rpm, and was installed in the chassis of the petrol-powered Mercedes-Benz 200 with a long wheelbase. The Bosch Four-plunger injection pump allowed engine speeds of up to 3000 rpm and ensured rapid fuel delivery. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz Heritage December 2010

100 years ago – 3 – 18 December 1910: Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft presented a landaulet equipped with a valveless Knight sleeve valve engine at the Paris Motor Show. Series production of the first vehicle fitted with this unit, the 16/40 hp model, began in early 1911.
50 years ago – 17 December 1960: Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz AG, Fritz Könecke, presented a special long-wheelbase version of a Mercedes-Benz 300 d Landaulet to Pope John XXIII.
40 years ago – 12 December 1970: Jointly developed with Teldix, the first-generation anti-lock brake system (ABS) for passenger cars was presented to the press in Untertürkheim.

Mercedes Benz Heritage November 2010

120 years ago – 28 November 1890: Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) was officially established following notarial certification of the company in Stuttgart. Earlier, on 14 March, a preliminary contract had been signed by Gottlieb Daimler, Max Duttenhofer and Wilhelm Lorenz.
110 years ago – 22 November 1900: The first Mercedes 35 hp was completed. With its many technical details, this was the great-grandfather of the modern car. Continue reading