Mercedes-Benz has a rich history indeed, and the company can trace its roots all the way back to the workshop of Karl Benz in Mannheim, Germany. It was in 1886 that Benz created the first petrol-powered car, the Benz Patent Motorwagon. The car was brought to the market by the Daimler Motors Corporation, but in 1926 Daimler and Benz merged their respective companies to form the Mercedes-Benz brand name that we all know today.
Mercedes-Benz is almost synonymous with German car design, so it should come as no surprise that the manufacturer is proud of its home country and continues to carry out the majority of its manufacturing there. The largest Mercedes-Benz factory in the world is based in the north-western city of Bremen. Bremen straddles the Weser river, and as such has a long history of maritime trading, and is now the home to many large manufacturers operating in various industries.
As one of the best-selling German manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz has a reputation for creating efficient and reliable cars to exceed expectations from the brand. Most recently Mercedes-Benz has scored well in the 2016 J.D. Power consumer survey, being labelled in the report as being above average in terms of reliability, whilst The Telegraph has listed the company in the Top 20 Best Cars for Reliability.
As with all cars, repairs made are likely to cost varying amounts depending on who carries out the work, how long it takes, and what parts are used to fix any issues. If you buy a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle however, you can take advantage of the company's New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The Warranty covers defects in workmanship and materials for up to 48 months or 50,000 miles.
Mercedes-Benz is a company with an exceptionally wide appeal, especially as it is seen as a reliable and high-quality manufacturer. It comes as no surprise then that Mercedes-Benz currently has an extensive range of vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Whether you want the luxury of the E-Class, the unbeatably rugged sensibilities of the G-Class, the versatility of the B-Class, you can find a car to suit your needs with Mercedes-Benz. Below is a list of the different Mercedes-Benz models by type:
AMG GT Coupé
AMG GT R
Mercedes-Benz 4Matic is a name given to the four-wheel drive system that the Mercedes-Benz developed inhouse for its vehicles. The 4Matic four-wheel drive system was developed to increase traction, particularly when driving over slippery surfaces, and is most often paired with an automatic transmission gearbox. The first generation of 4Matic was released in 1987, but newer versions use the ABS system to monitor the wheels and then partially apply brakes to a wheel when traction is lost.
AMG, or Mercedes-AMG GmbH to give the company its full name, is the high-performance division of the greater Mercedes-Benz company. AMG uses its own team of engineers, hired independently from Mercedes-Benz, to customise the company's vehicles and increase the likes of speed, efficiency and handling.
Parktronic is an Active Parking Assistance feature used by Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Parktronic uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor the size of roadside parking spaces, informing the driver when a suitable space has been found. The car can then automatically steer itself to fit into the parking area.