Innovations History


  • 1988M2219
    Stylish and convenient: advertisement for the first automatic transmission from Mercedes-Benz, which was premiered in 1961.
  • 1988M2220
    Fast and powerful: advertisement for the first automatic transmission from Mercedes-Benz, which was premiered in 1961.
  • 1998DIG61
    Mercedes-Benz model 220 S, 1956 to 1959 (model series W 180).
  • 74257-3
    Mercedes-Benz S-Class model 450 SE, 1972 to 1980 (model series W 116).
  • 1988M2221
    Manual or automatic – the choice is yours: advertisement for the first automatic transmission from Mercedes-Benz, which was premiered in 1961.
  • 89406
    Engine compartment of the Mercedes-Benz 220 SE "Tailfin" (W 111, 1959 to 1965).
  • a2003f4150.
    Mercedes-Benz´s world-first seven-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars, the 7G-TRONIC, was premiered in 2003.
  • A2003F4334.
    Mercedes-Benz´s world-first seven-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars, the 7G-TRONIC, was premiered in 2003.
  • a2003f4810.
    Mercedes-Benz´s world-first seven-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars, the 7G-TRONIC, was premiered in 2003.
  • a2004f3025.
    Changing up and down without actually shifting gear: the AUTOTRONIC developed for the A-Class (model series 169) and B-Class (model series 245) operated according to the principle of a continuously variable automatic transmission.
  • C10790.
    The converter transmission from Mercedes-Benz was premiered in the S-Class of model series W 116. It was initially introduced as a standard feature for the model 450 SE and 450 SEL saloons (1972 to 1980).
  • a2004f3309.
    Changing up and down without actually shifting gear: the AUTOTRONIC developed for the A-Class (model series 169) and B-Class (model series 245) operated according to the principle of a continuously variable automatic transmission.
  • U10397
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 SE, 1961 to 1965 (model series W 112).
  • U1534.
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 SE, 1961 to 1965 (model series W 112).
  • U1726
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 SE, 1961 to 1965 (model series W 112), four-speed automatic transmission.
  • U1727
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 SE, 1961 to 1965 (model series W 112), four-speed automatic transmission.
  • U43560
    Mercedes-Benz model 220 SEb, 1959 to 1965 (model series W 111).
  • 85F406.
    Handling control systems, such as the automatic locking differential (ASD), the acceleration skid control system (ASR), and the automatically engaging all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, celebrated their premiere in the Mercedes-Benz 124 model series in September 1985, initially at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main, and then in February 1986 at a driving presentation.
  • 85F407
    Handling control systems, such as the automatic locking differential (ASD), the acceleration skid control system (ASR), and the automatically engaging all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, celebrated their premiere in the Mercedes-Benz 124 model series in September 1985, initially at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main, and then in February 1986 at a driving presentation.
  • 85F462
    Mercedes-Benz saloon of the 124 model series with automatically engaging 4MATIC four-wheel drive.
  • 86F1
    Automatically engaging 4MATIC four-wheel drive in a saloon of the Mercedes-Benz 124 model series. Graphic from 1986.
  • 86F10.
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 E 4MATIC. The all-wheel drive system 4MATIC was launched in 1985 in the 124 model series (1985 to 1995), together with the automatic locking differential (ASD) and the acceleration skid control system (ASR).
  • 86F76.
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 D 4MATIC. The all-wheel drive system 4MATIC was launched in 1985 in the 124 model series (1985 to 1995), together with the automatic locking differential (ASD) and the acceleration skid control system (ASR).
  • A96F5770
    Drive train in a Mercedes-Benz model E 280 4MATIC and E 320 4MATIC Estate from the 210 model series (1995 to 2002). The all-wheel drive system 4MATIC was launched in 1985 in the 124 model series (1985 to 1995), together with the automatic locking differential (ASD) and the acceleration skid control system (ASR).
  • 86F81
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 E 4MATIC. The all-wheel drive system 4MATIC was launched in 1985 in the 124 model series (1985 to 1995), together with the automatic locking differential (ASD) and the acceleration skid control system (ASR).
  • A90F1409.
    Handling control systems, such as the automatic locking differential (ASD), the acceleration skid control system (ASR), and the automatically engaging all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, celebrated their premiere in the Mercedes-Benz 124 model series in September 1985, initially at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main, and then in February 1986 at a driving presentation.
  • 86F80.
    Mercedes-Benz model 300 D 4MATIC. The all-wheel drive system 4MATIC was launched in 1985 in the 124 model series (1985 to 1995), together with the automatic locking differential (ASD) and the acceleration skid control system (ASR).
  • C96F5940
    Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon from the 210 model series (1995 to 2002), 4MATIC edition, diagram of drive train.
  • A97F29.
    Mercedes-Benz model E 280 4MATIC Estate from the 210 model series (1995 to 2002).
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