Mercedes-Benz is one of the biggest names in the luxury car market. Through the years, Mercedes-Benz has been known by several names including Daimler, Daimler-Benz and finally in 1926 the company took on the name we all know – Mercedes Benz.
Since that time, Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of innovation and new car technology. During the 20th century, Mercedes-Benz was known for its grasp of new car styles and progression, showcasing products such as the Mercedes-AMG line and the Mercedes-Maybach line. The same holds true for the 21st century, with the company delving into the markets of vans, electric cars and the newer X-Class truck. Each of these lines adds to the next generation for Mercedes-Benz.
The Mercedes-AMG class is considered the high performance branch of Mercedes-Benz and as such has developed their own department of engineers and manufactures, who solely make and market the AMG product line. The AMG brand was formulated initially as a racing car by former Mercedes-Benz engineers and with their success, Mercedes-Benz became involved with the product line in 1990 and moved to sole ownership in 2005. The line of high performance vehicles continues to grow, with Mercedes selling 14 models of Mercedes-AMG products.
The Mercedes-Maybach was first made by Wilhelm Maybach with the first vehicle of this line hitting the market in 1909. In 1960, the Maybach brand was acquired by Mercedes-Benz and the ultra-luxury production line is still in being manufactured to this day. Some of the older brands included the Maybach 57 and 62 Sedan series. The newest in the series includes the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, a fully armored version with a price tag of $1 million dollars. Mercedes-Benz has also continued to produce more Mercedes-Maybach products recently, with the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6, the S650 Cabriolet and the G650 Landaulet.
Mercedes-Benz Van Series
Although the heyday of the Soccer Mom van rage has passed, many customers are still in the market for commercial and passenger vans. From its first commercial van in 1896, the company’s first personal use van was sold on the market in 1956 as the L 319 series and was a precursor to today’s family style vans. The Mercedes-Benz foray into the 21st century market includes the Viano, Sprinter and Metris series, encompassing commercial and individual use vans.
The Viano or V class Mercedes-Benz is their more popular van for personal use. The Viano was first produced and marketed in 1996 and has advanced through the years with 3 present day options of length to meet any family size needs. The series is now called the Mercedes-Benz V series.
The Sprinter series is one of Mercedes-Benz’s commercial and personal combination van options. The van comes in various chassis sizes for whatever load needs to be hauled. This commercial van is marketed as the most advanced commercial van for business needs. The Sprinter also comes in an RV variety with 4 different floor plans for almost anyone’s on the road travel needs. All the Sprinter vans are sold as custom models or can be upgraded to be personally ordered.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris is billed as a mid size commercial van or personal van. It is marketed as the fist mid size cargo van the company has made. Either vans can be custom designed to meet the needs of any growing company or personal van use. As it is sold as a mid size van, many people find it a more affordable Mercedes-Benz van option.
Hybrid and Electric Cars
Whether a hybrid or total electric model, Mercedes-Benz is at the forefront of 21st century innovation and technology when it come to more environmentally friendly vehicles. Mercedes-Benz current hybrid cars encompasses three styles – the smaller sedan C350e, the mid size sedan S550e and the CUV GLE550e.
All are plug in hybrid electric gas models that vary in mileage from 43 to 58 miles per gallon. This is a huge leap forward in the increase of miles per gallon in fuel efficiency and less emission outputs, helping to keep the planet and environment healthier and greener. The smaller sedan C350e is offered at an affordable price, but Mercedes-Benz encourages customers to consider the long term savings of gas versus the price of the vehicle.
Their current all electric models are only for sale in two models – the B250 E model that comes in an SUV style or the S550 E sedan. These all electric models continues on the Mercedes-Benz commitment to earth friendly technology and car creation. The company is currently researching and planning on creating, and marketing future electric car models, from sedans to future plans for an electric van model.
Whether the future results in flying and floating vehicles or supersonic cars, Mercedes-Benz is sure to be at the forefront in all aspects of the car business including technology, production and marketing of new breeds of vehicles. Mercedes-Benz continues to grow, meeting new car demands as the 21st century rolls on.