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At the beginning of the 20th century, Daimler cars built in Untertürkheim (a district of Stuttgart) were successfully driven by an Austrian dealer named Emil Jellinek, who wrote down the cars under the name of his daughter, Mercedes. After suggesting certain design modifications, Jellinek promised the company to buy a large production of its vehicles under the condition of having the guarantee of being Daimler’s exclusive distributor for Austria-Hungary, France, Belgium and the USA, and that it could sell the new model under the name “Mercedes”. The change of name was very useful to prevent legal problems, since Daimler had sold exclusive rights of use of the name and the technical plans to companies abroad, for which luxury cars have been and are built in England under the Daimler brand. A fire that destroyed the old Steinway piano factory in New York, which had been modernized to produce Mercedes cars, ended early with the dream of building Mercedes in the United States.
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    Gottlieb Daimler was born on 18 March 1834 in Schorndorf. After an apprenticeship as a gunsmith, he studied mechanical engineering at the Stuttgart Polytechnic. At the end of 1863 he was appointed workshop inspector at a machine factory in Reutlingen. In 1865 he met Wilhelm Maybach. In 1872 he was appointed technical director of the Gasmotorenfabrik in Deutz, where he met Otto’s four-stroke engines. In 1882 he leaves the company and installs a workshop in the greenhouse of his villa in Cannstatt. In 1884, together with Maybach, he succeeded in building a lightweight, compact internal combustion engine known today as the “foot clock”. In this way he laid the foundation for incorporation into a vehicle.

    The rival companies Daimler Motorengesellschaft and Benz & Cie. began cooperating with each other in the 1920s to deal with the economic crisis of those years, finally merging in 1926 and creating Daimler-Benz AG, which produced trucks and Mercedes-Benz cars. The brand logo is the silver three-pointed star surrounded by a circle. The symbol first appeared on a 1909 Daimler. The laurels, symbols of the brand Benz, were added in 1946 to symbolize the union of the two signatures (at the foot of the page there is an image with the logo Benz of the year 1909 with the laurels in gold and another one of Mercedes of 1916 with the star; given the union of the companies, arises the new logo of the star of three points surrounded by laurels). The flat ring joining the three points of the star was first used in 1937. The star is said to have its origin in a postcard that Jellinek wrote to his daughter Mercedes indicating with it the point (on a plane) where the Bad Cannstatt factory was located. It is also commented that it indicates land, sea and air: elements in which Daimler engines had been pioneers and which symbolize Daimler’s original quest to provide small and powerful engines useful to travel by any of them. Although it focused on land vehicles, Mercedes-Benz also built engines for boats and planes (civil and military), and even for zeppelins.

    Mercedes-Benz vehicles have focused on a high degree of quality and art in their designs. As a result, they have historically been more expensive and manufactured in less quantity than other cheaper vehicles. The company has carefully cultivated an image of technical superiority, quality and service in its designs, so its cars have often been the choice of the rich and famous. Although it has been most famous for its limousine models and luxury automobiles, a large number of outstanding sports cars have also been built by MB. Examples were the SSK developed by Porsche and the 300SL “Gullwing” of 1954. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz has also produced less expensive and more productive cars. Interestingly, Volkswagen prototypes were built and tested in Stuttgart in cooperation with Porsche. Before this, Mercedes-Benz had also built a small car with a rear engine similar to the VW, but which had no success at all, the 130 H.

    Its products have been known for the creation and introduction of the most advanced technologies, highlighting the injection engine and ABS, among many others. However, these have not always worked: recently, an active braking system installed on more than 650,000 vehicles had to be removed for repair due to serious problems. [Required citation] In addition, the company’s reputation for safety was questioned when it was rated low in recent consumer studies. [Required citation].

    The company’s most important engineers were Ferdinand Porsche and Wilhelm Maybach. They both left the company to create their own.
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