Daimler Heritage: TOPICS FOR OCTOBER 2010


Stuttgart, Germany, Sep 01, 2010

100 years ago – 28 October 1910: Hans Scherenberg was born. As an engineer and later chief designer at Daimler-Benz, Scherenberg had an influence on key developments such as engine design, direct petrol injection and automatic transmission. In addition, Scherenberg was in charge of in-house research. He died in Stuttgart on 17 November 2000.

80 years ago – 2 - 12 October 1930: The 770 “Grand Mercedes” model made its debut at the Paris Motor Show. This was a representational vehicle to meet even the most exclusive of requirements.

60 years ago – October 1950: The Mercedes-Benz L 6600 went into series production at the Gaggenau plant. It was the brand’s first all-new, heavy-duty truck since the end of the war. A month later came the O 6600 bus chassis, which was fitted with a body at the Sindelfingen plant.

55 years ago – 24 October 1955: After a highly successful season, Daimler-Benz AG announced its decision to withdraw from motorsport for the foreseeable future. Not only did Mercedes-Benz provide again the winner of the Formula One drivers’ championship, it also came top of the brand classification in the sports car world championship with the 300 SLR racing sports car. The European Touring Car crown was won by Werner Engel, who achieved his success driving a 300 SL and a 220 a.

20 years ago – 4 -14 October 1990: The Mercedes-Benz 500 E (W 124 series) made its debut at the Paris Motor Show. This high-performance saloon was equipped with a V8 engine with 5-litre displacement and 240 kW.

20 years ago – October 1990: A joint venture agreement was established with AMG Motorenbau- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH in Affalterbach, setting out cooperation in the fields of development, production, sales and service of passenger cars and car parts.

15 years ago – 14 October 1995: In Hambach-Saargemünd, France, Helmut Werner and Nicolas G. Hayek laid the foundation stone for the new smart production plant.

15 years ago – 16 October 1995: The new Vito small van was presented to the press in the Spanish capital Madrid. It came off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Vitoria plant in northern Spain. Its market launch in Germany, where the Vito superseded the MB 100 D, followed in March 1996.

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