125th birthday of the automobile
On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz filed a patent application (number 37435) with the Reich Patent Office in Berlin for his "gas engine-powered vehicle," a three-wheeled motor car. This marked the birth of the automobile. At the same time, Gottlieb Daimler was developing the first four-wheeled motor car. Working independently of each other, the two founding fathers of today's Daimler AG and its Mercedes-Benz brand laid the foundation for all present-day passenger cars, commercial vehicles and buses. In 2011, Mercedes celebrates the anniversary of the invention of the automobile under the banner "125 years of innovation." In this Automotive News Europe picture gallery are some of the innovative models developed by the brand.
Mercedes has also launched its own Web site marking the anniversary year at http://www.125-years-of-automobiles.com/en.