Mercedes-Benz is a German luxury brand that builds cars, utility vehicles and commercial trucks. One of the oldest automotive brands in existence today, Mercedes-Benz built its status-symbol reputation on quality craftsmanship, reliability and safety.
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The brand was officially established in 1926, after a merger of Karl Benz’s and Gottlieb Daimler’s efforts. Their first models were the 10/35, the 16/50, the 400 and the 600, followed soon after by the SSK, a roadster sports car designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
In the thirties, Mercedes-Benz produced other noteworthy models such as the 8-cylinder 500 K as well as the 260 D, the world’s first production diesel-engined car as well as the 4-cylinder 170, which was produced up until 1955. The company was also involved in Grand Prix racing, and the race car-derived 1938 W125 Rekordwagen, powered by a 725-hp, twin-supercharged V12 engine, broke a land speed record in Germany at the time, with a velocity of 432.7 km/h.
After the war, Mercedes-Benz developed the large and luxurious Type 300 in a variety of body styles from 1951. Another generation of vehicles followed, nicknamed the Ponton cars, which replaced the 170. In 1954, the legendary 300 SL Gullwing coupe was presented at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, and one year later, Mercedes-Benz of Canada Ltd was established, opening their first dealers in Toronto and Montreal.
The Fintail series of cars replaced the Ponton series in the ‘60s, while in 1963, Mercedes launched the 600, a large luxury model offered in two wheelbase lengths and powered by a 6.3-litre V8. Other models included the 230SL roadster, while S-Class models began to appear from 1965 on. In 1967, AMG was founded to develop racing engines, and became the brand’s performance division over the years. A new generation of small cars was launched in 1968 to replace the Fintail models.
The year 1971 brought a new SL-Class roadster, which remained in production up until 1989, and a coupe version called the SLC was also available throughout the ‘70s. The G-Class four-wheel drive SUV, or Geländewagen, debuted in 1979 and is still produced today, while a new S-Class arrived in coupe and sedan body styles.
The 190-Class, which was launched in 1982, was a new generation of small sedans. As Mercedes-Benz entered the DTM racing series, a mandatory roadgoing version of their race car became the 190E 2.3-16, featuring Cosworth-developed 16-valve cylinder heads. Meanwhile, the first E-Class sedan appeared in 1986.
The S-Class was redesigned in 1991, offering a V12 engine for the first time. In 1993, the C-Class appeared in replacement of the 190, and Mercedes-Benz was completing the shift to lettered-series model lines. Other new model lines appeared in the ‘90s, such as the SLK-Class roadster with its novel power-folding hard top, the built-in-the-USA M-Class SUV, the CLK-Class and CL-Class coupes as well as AMG-badged cars such as the C36 and the C43. In 1995, Mercedes-Benz returned to F1 racing after a 40-year absence.
In the decade following the year 2000, more models were introduced, including the C-Class hatchback, the R-Class crossover, the GLK-Class compact and GL-Class full-size SUVs, the B-Class subcompact hatchback for Canada as well as the CLS-Class four-door coupe. The mighty and ultra-expensive McLaren SLR served as Mercedes’ performance flagship, while high-horsepower AMG versions were offered in most model lines. The smart brand was also launched in Canada in 2004.
Today, the Mercedes-Benz product line-up consists of the B-Class, the C-Class sedan, the E-Class coupe, sedan, wagon and cabriolet, the S-Class sedan, the CLS-Class, the CL-Class coupe, the SLK-Class and SL-Class roadsters, the GLK-Class, M-Class, GL-Class and G-Class SUVs, the R-Class crossover, the Sprinter commercial van as well as the SLS AMG supercar.
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The low-riding, high-boost new entry to the AMG brand's line of juiced-up, rorty-snorty rocketships is called the CLA 45 AMG, and it amounts to a highly agitated, stimulant-fed version of the sensible new Mercedes CLA 250 entry-level luxury sedan. It's hardcore, loud, and set very deeply on the "sport" side of the luxury-sport equation.
Mercedes-Benz will launch three plug-in hybrid vehicles in the U.S. next year to bolster the S-Class, C-Class and ML-Class lineups.
Following the launch of the GLA Kart for the new Mario Kart 8 video game, Mercedes-Benz further expanded its partnership with Nintendo by using everyone's favourite plumber to present the actual GLA.
Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with Nintendo to create the GLA Kart, a new free-to-download vehicle for the Japanese version of the Mario Kart 8 video game.