From Carriages To Cars
An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is defined as being a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor. Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to have seating for one to eight people, to typically have four wheels, and to be constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods.
The year 1886 is regarded as the year of birth of the modern automobile – with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen by German inventor Carl Benz (surname sounds familiar!). Motorised wagons soon replaced animal-drafted carriages, especially after automobiles became affordable for many people when the introduction of the Ford Motel T in 1908.
Mercedes-Benz traces its origins back to Karl Benz’s creation. The Mercedes automobile was first marketed in 1901 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and the first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz’s and Gottlieb Daimler’s companies into the Daimler-Benz. Mercedes-Benz is one of the best known and established automotive brands in the world, and is also the world’s oldest automotive brand still in existence today.