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  • Stuttgart, Dec 13, 2013 - The 201 model series was of key importance for the introduction of new internal combustion engines and the testing of drive configurations – a tradition that all subsequent C-Class model series continued seamlessly.
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  • Stuttgart, Aug 7, 2013 - One of mankind’s oldest dreams came true on 10 August 1888: Wölfert’s motorised airship successfully completed the world’s first engine-driven flight with a combustion engine. The flying machine belonging to the Leipzig-based bookseller Dr Friedrich Hermann Wölfert, powered by a single-cylinder Daimler engine, flew four kilometres from the factory yard of the Daimler Motor Company (Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft) at the Seelberg in Cannstatt to Kornwestheim. Thus Gottlieb Daimler’s vision of motorising vehicles on land, on water and in the air became reality.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 26, 2012 - With the Mercedes-Benz SL, 129 series, presented in 1989, a new era began for open-top driving. Until that moment no car manufacturer had solved the problem involved in cabriolets overturning: the windscreen frame as sole impact point in the event of a roll-over would generally give way and kink at the waistline; there being no other supporting points behind the occupants, these were insufficiently protected and totally exposed to the rigours of the impact.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 26, 2012 - By the middle of the 1960s, development of rotary piston engines has progressed a long way at Daimler-Benz AG. Commonly known as Wankel engines, after Felix Wankel, their inventor, they are regarded, in the search for the drive system of the future, as the alternative to the reciprocating piston engine. Wolf-Dieter Bensinger, head of engine development, is an advocate of these assemblies which Mercedes-Benz tests in a variety of demonstrators.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 26, 2012 - In the 1960s, the question of environmental friendliness began to acquire a growing importance in the automotive industry. In the USA in particular, legislation was enacted concerning environmental protection, for example, in respect of exhaust emission levels. Compliance with these was an immense challenge for car manufacturers. Each car that was launched in those years reflected the current situation – in particular the Mercedes-Benz SL, model series R 107, which celebrated its debut in 1971.
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  • Stuttgart, Jan 17, 2011 - 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.
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  • Stuttgart, Jan 4, 2011 - On a test ground in Rovaniemi, Finland, Daimler-Benz AG presented from February 3 – 8, 1986 important steps of passenger car safety: automatic locking differential (ASD), acceleration skid control (ASR) and the automatically engaging 4MATIC four-wheel drive. These exploited the possibilities offered by electronic technology to improve active vehicle safety.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 20, 2010 - On 23 January 1951, Daimler-Benz AG registered a patent for the passenger car body with a passenger safety cell. This invention by Béla Barényi was granted Patent No. 845 157 with the title "Motor vehicle, specifically for personal transport". This was a trailblazing innovation, as it is still seen as the fundamental feature of passive automotive safety to this day. In 1959 the safety body with its rigid passenger cell entered series production for the first time in the Mercedes-Benz W 111 series (model 220b).
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 28, 2010 - As engineer, Hans Scherenberg influenced the technology of the entire range of products of Daimler-Benz AG before and after the Second World War. His name is closely connected with innovations such as the anti-lock braking system ABS, petrol injection and the five-cylinder engine. Scherenberg was born on 28 October 1910 in Dresden. He joined Daimler-Benz AG as a young development engineer in 1935and worked for the company until his retirement in 1977. He died on 17 November 2000 in Stuttgart.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 3, 2010 - The drive system is today the key to the modern automobile – just as it was in the pioneering days of motorisation. For this reason the engine with a single vertical cylinder – patented by Gottlieb Daimler on 3 April 1885 (German Patent DRP 34926) and nicknamed the “grandfather clock” for its distinctive appearance – has to be considered a key invention.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 2, 2009 - In November 1969 Hans Scherenberg gave the go-ahead to set up Daimler-Benz Research, which laid foundations for many important developments in motor vehicle engineering, for instance the anti-lock braking system, the airbag and the navigation system.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 4, 2008 - Hans Nibel took up his new responsibilities as chief engineer at Daimler-Benz AG on 1 January 1929, assuming the role from the previous incumbent, Ferdinand Porsche.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 4, 2008 - As chief engineer at Benz & Cie. and later Daimler-Benz AG, Hans Nibel (1880 - 1934) played an influential role in developing products at both companies. As a member of the board of management he was also one of the architects of the merger between Benz & Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) that led to the creation of Daimler-Benz AG in 1926.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 1, 2008 - Daimler-Benz patented what was to become a key element of passive car safety in 1958 – the wedge-pin door lock. It was introduced into a Mercedes-Benz production vehicle the following year.
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  • Stuttgart, May 27, 2008 - In 1898 Daimler had one of his belt-driven cars equipped with Bosch’s low-voltage magneto ignition and tested the vehicle for five long days in the Austrian Alps in July. This trial run marked the beginning of a new era in engine technology at Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG).
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 3, 2008 - Punctually at midnight on April 30, 1978, the five pistons in the diesel engine of the Mercedes-Benz C 111-III began to work, supported by an intercooled exhaust gas turbocharger which, at 130,000 revolutions per minute, pressed enough air into the combustion chambers to boost the output to 169 kW/230 hp.
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  • Stuttgart, Nov 23, 2007 - Countless pioneering inventions were made by design engineer Wilhelm Maybach in the early days of the automobile. Gottlieb Daimler’s congenial partner solved a large number of technical problems, and many of his patents have retained their basic validity to this day.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 29, 2007 - On November 30, 2007, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Kurt Obländer will celebrate his 80th anniversary. The graduate engineer worked in engine design at Daimler-Benz AG from 1955 until 1991 – in the last years as Director and head of Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car Engine Development.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 24, 2007 - Friedrich Geiger shaped the style of an era in German automotive design. He was, for instance, responsible for the breathtaking styling of the production version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 9, 2007 - Each new Mercedes-Benz model is also an answer to contemporary questions. Safety, environmental protection, comfort: these and other factors determine the properties and equipment of state-of-the-art vehicles.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 11, 2007 - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Breitschwerdt will celebrate his eightieth birthday on September 23, 2007. From 1983 to 1987 the graduate engineer was Chairman of the Board of Management of what was then Daimler-Benz AG. Previously, having joined the company in 1953, he had held a variety of positions.
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  • Fellbach, Jun 26, 2006 - Good news for all owners of Mercedes-Benz classics from the 1950s and early 1960s: as of now, the Mercedes-Benz Classic is offering new brake boosters – type ATE T50 and T50/12 – for historical Mercedes-Benz cars.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 21, 2006 - <b>July 20, 1981</b> In July 1981, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class from the W 126 series was launched with new optional equipment when the airbag and the belt tensioner – as many as two passive safety innovations at one time – became world firsts in the top-of-the-range models of the Stuttgart-based manufacturer.
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  • Stuttgart, Jan 9, 2006 - <b> February 15 - March 1, 1936</b> The diesel revolution began in February 1936 when the Mercedes-Benz 260 D (W 138 series) – the world’s first production car with diesel engine – was displayed at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Shown in Berlin.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 30, 2005 - <b> January 29, 1886</b> The automobile celebrates its 120th birthday on January 29. On this date in 1886 Karl Benz applied for a patent for his motorized vehicle.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 2, 2004 - <b>July 1974</b> In July 1974, there was no denying the pioneering role of Mercedes-Benz: the company presented the world's first passenger car from large-scale production with a five-cylinder diesel engine (OM 617), model 240 D 3.0.
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