Daimler Heritage: TOPICS FOR APRIL 2009

Preview April 2009


1–5 April 2009 – Techno Classica in Essen:
Mercedes-Benz will have a large stand at the world’s largest classic car show. Traditionally the show brings together a great many classic cars under a common theme.

April 1909 – 100 years ago:
Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft finished building the sleeve-valve engine, based on the principle developed by the American Charles J. Knight. The first copy of a prototype series was produced on
23 June 1909.

Other notable events:

April 1894 – 115 years ago: The world’s first large-volume automobile, the Benz Patent Motor Car "Velo" (short for “Velocipede”), went on sale.

27 April 1924 – 85 years ago: Christian Werner won the Targa Florio in Italy driving a 2.0-litre Mercedes racing car.

13 April 1994 – 15 years ago: At the company’s own research centre in Ulm, Daimler-Benz presented the NECAR fuel cell car (New Electric Car), the world’s first fuel cell vehicle.

22 April to 1 May 1994 – 15 years ago: The near-series study for the Mercedes-Benz SLK celebrated its world premiere at the Turin Motor Show.

27 April 1994 – 15 years ago: Micro Compact Car AG (MCC AG) was founded in Biel, Switzerland, to prepare for production of the car later known as the smart City Coupé.

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