Mercedes-Benz of Omaha opened its doors in 2008 and remains at that same location, today. However, Mercedes has been around a lot longer than that.


Mercedes-Benz first appeared in 1926 as a branch under Daimler-Benz. You can trace the name back to 1901, to a vehicle called Mercedes under the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) brand and a patent from 1886. Karl Benz submitted a patent for the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. It is widely recognized as the first gasoline-powered automobile.

Later in 1886, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach converted a stagecoach with the addition of a petrol engine. Benz, Daimler and Maybach combined their inventions and with that the first Mercedes automobile was produced. It was marketed and made in 1901 by DMG. The first vehicle was simply called the Mercedes and was named after the daughter of an Austrian engineer who worked for DMG.

Benz Patent Motor Car, 1886 - 1894
1926 Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart 300 8/38 with limousine body by Daimler Sindelfingen

The Mercedes-Benz Brand

But, it wasn’t until 1926 that the first Mercedes-Benz branded vehicles were produced. Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler merged companies to create the Daimler-Benz company. The Mercedes-Benz brand was formed on June 28, 1926. The first branded Mercedes-Benz was unveiled at the Berlin Auto show that year.

Mercedes is known for luxury and innovation. Since the company was founded, Mercedes-Benz is one of the best-known and established automotive brands in the world. Mercedes-Benz often makes the Popemobile.

It has also been a company of many firsts; leading the way in technological advancements and safety innovations.

In 1931, the Mercedes-Benz Mercedes 170 featured the first-ever fully independent suspension.

1936 saw the first diesel passenger car, the Mercedes 260D.

Fast forward to 1958 and every new Mercedes vehicle includes a rigorous crash-test regime.

Mercedes even unveiled the first anti-lock braking system (ABS) in 1970.

Even the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system was a first – in 1985. The AWD E-Class deubuted along with two electronic traction systems for rear-wheel-drive cars. Automatic differential lock (ADS) and automatic skid control (ASR).

1957-1960's Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo
Mercedes-Benz Museum

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