Mercedes-Benz is the world's oldest automobile brand, with roots dating back to 1886. Karl Benz invented the Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first automobile powered by a gasoline internal combustion engine, in this year. Later that year, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach added an engine to a horse-drawn carriage. Daimler Motors introduced the Mercedes name to the automotive industry in 1901.
In 1926, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler merged to form Mercedes-Benz Daimler. Mercedes has always been at the forefront of automobile innovation. The business was the first to install brakes on all four wheels, as well as traction control and passenger crumple zones. Today, “Pre-Safe,” a collision detection system that prepares passengers and the car to better absorb the impact, continues this innovation.