Today, Mercedes-Benz is a household name in the automotive industry. But where did this name come from? You might be surprised to learn that the company actually started from two different directions before being merged into the current Mercedes-Benz we all know and love. Your premier San Antonio Mercedes-Benz dealer would like to explore the history of the name a bit.
The company Benz & Cie goes back to 1883 and was formed by Karl Friedrich Benz, who was a graduate of the University of Karlsruhe as a mechanical engineer. Benz produced his first vehicle, the Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1886. This company quickly grew and by 1889 was the largest auto manufacturer in the world.
Around the time this was going on, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach made a stagecoach vehicle with a gasoline engine. This led to the formation of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft company. Maybach then made an engine ordered by Emil Jellinek who ordered several vehicles. Jellinek became an agent and distributor. He had a daughter which everyone referred to as “Mercedes” – hence the first part of the current name.
While it took some time for everything to be aligned – and there was a war thrown in there – by 1926 the name Mercedes-Benz emerged as the two companies found each other. The logo took the original DMG three-pointed star in a circle with laurel wreaths on each side like the Benz logo.
Every company has a story, but not many are as rich and classic as the story of Mercedes-Benz. Make your own Mercedes-Benz story with our lineup of Mercedes-Benz cars in San Antonio. Parts of the company have been around since the 1800s and they continue into the next century and beyond.