Mercedes-Benz: Invent Designs For Vehicles

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Karl Benz, a name one might recognize from the German automotive company Daimler Ag or one of the company’s divisions, Mercedes-Benz. Karl Benz is associated with being the inventor of the first gasoline powered automobile with his Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1885 (Estoric, 2013). While Benz was not the only one who was inventing designs for vehicles, he was the first to unveil and patent his design; a design he spent many years of his life on and continued to improve after revealing it. Karl Benz was born as an illegitimate child between his father, Johann George Benz, a locomotive engineer; and his mother, Josephine Vaillant, a house servant, on November 25, 1884. His father and mother did get married later in 1845. The family lived in the…show more content…
Taking all his previous inventions and his recent work on bicycles, Benz combined them into that which he has been in his sights since he was in school, his horseless carriage. The vehicle was shown to the public in 1885 and named the Benz Patent Motorwagen. The Benz Patent Motorwagen contained a four-stroke engine of his design, three wheels, a two-person seat, a coil ignition and an evaporative cooling system (MacRae, 2012). Additionally, the vehicle could travel at around eight mph. The Benz Patent Motorwagen was revolutionary at the time as it was the first official motorized vehicle that made use of the internal combustion engine. The engine was far lighter, compact and efficient than other engines, like the steam engine. Due to the nature of how different the product was, it received a patent on January 29, 1886. Because of both the patent and overall design of the vehicle Benz is recognized as the inventor of the first automobile. His product was not only the first of its kind, but also it was the first semi mass produced vehicle in 1887. Benz continued to work and improve his automobile, putting out the model III in 1887 (Estoric,…show more content…
As this was the first product of its kind, there was no market. Many questioned the practically of and reason for the product. In addition, the fuel source, gasoline, was hard to acquire. At the time gasoline was a cleaning product sold by pharmacies, coming only in small portions. The questions regarding the vehicle quickly dispersed though, again with the help of his wife Bertha. A problem with the marketing for the product was many only used mechanically assisted means of transportation for short travels, many did not see the need for the expensive item. Bertha knew many felt this way, so to help her husband’s creation gain publicity she wanted to show that the vehicle could do more than just short journeys. On August 5,1888 without the knowledge of her husband, Bertha and their children took the vehicle 66 miles to visit her mother (Estoric, 2013). The trip went smoothly with only a few problems: needing to stop at pharmacies along the way for fuel, climbing hills was possible (the kids would to push the vehicle) and braking was not the smoothest or reliable. In making the trip not only did sales increase as many came to understand what it was capable of, but it also highlighted areas for Benz to improve the design. Benz made the improvements and continued to show off his creation by driving 200 miles to the Munich International Convention and even drove it to Paris for an international showcase in 1889. Benz went to

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