Daimler Heritage: TOPICS FOR MARCH 2010

Stuttgart, Feb 1, 2010
115 years ago – 18 March 1895: The world’s first motorised bus, ordered from
Benz & Co. in Mannheim on 19 December 1894, went into scheduled service on the Siegen – Netphen – Deuz route. However, the bus line was abandoned in December 1895 on account of adverse weather and technical problems.
110 years ago – 26 - 30 March 1900: Several new Daimler-built 23 hp “Phoenix” racing cars took part in Nice Race Week. entered two vehicles. Wilhelm Bauer, works driver for Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG), suffered a tragic accident at the Nice – La Turbie hillclimb. The tragic outcome of the race led Jellinek to propose the design of a lighter vehicle with a longer wheelbase and lower centre of gravity; this was completed in November 1900 and presented for the first time under the new brand name Mercedes – the 35 hp Mercedes.
100 years ago – 17 March 1910: Barney Oldfield set a new world record at Daytona Beach, Florida, US, driving the 200 hp Benz, nicknamed the , at an average speed of 211.4 km/h over one mile.
40 years ago – 12 - 22 March 1970: The revised , featuring modified body and a
4-disc Wankel engine was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. The engine developed 257 kW, accelerated the car from 0 to
100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and gave it a top speed of 300 km/h.
20 years ago – 8 - 18 March 1990: The had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
15 years ago – 9 - 19 March 1995: The with variable body concept was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show.


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