Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to innovation, that is the reason why it has remained dominant since the brand’s inception. Recently, Alux.com made a video in YouTube about the 15 cool Mercedes-Benz facts that many people most probably did not know about.
In a nutshell, here are the key Mercedes-Benz facts presented in the video:
- Karl Benz invented the modern automobile. He patented the Motorwagen in 1886. His work was funded by his soon-to-be-wife Bertha Ringer.
- Mercedes is actually based on the child of Austrian diplomat and racing enthusiast, Emil Jellinek. The name was trademarked in 1902.
- Bertha Ringer Benz was the first person to take on a road trip in a modern automobile. She drove the car for over 130 miles roundtrip with her sons.
- The special partnership of Mercedes-Benz with Kempinski Hotels allows their guests to drive the Mercedes-AMG GT S along the surrounding mountainside roads during their stay. The hotel also uses the S-Class and G-Class to provide shuttle services to their customers.
- The most expensive car bearing the three-pointed star logo is the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet. Its production is only limited to 300 units.
- The partnership of Mercedes-Benz with select high-end hotels offer their drivers special perks like extra credits, meals, spa packages, discounts and more.
- The three-pointed star logo represents the land, air and water. Mercedes once contemplated adding a fourth point to represent space.
- Karl Benz availed the first ever driver’s license.
- The S-Class offers a fragrancing system.
- The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has a safety feature that makes its gullwing door hinges explode.
- The Mercedes-Benz Popemobile was the favorite of Pope Benedict XVI.
- Mercedes has a self-driving semi-truck.
- Nepal’s first car was a Mercedes, which was a gift of Adolf Hitler to its king in 1940.
- Swiss businessman Ueli Anliker’s “Red Gold Dream” Mercedes McLaren SLR is worth around $10 million.
- The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 is the third most expensive car sold at auction. It was sold for around $30 million in 2016.