95 years ago – 31 May 1915
: Ralph de Palma won the legendary Indianapolis 500 at Indiana, US, driving a grand prix Mercedes with 4.5-litre displacement, the vehicle he had adopted from Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft following his victory in Lyons in July 1914.more about the Mercedes-Benz Motorsports History
55 years ago – May 1955
: The first S model Unimog
came off the production line at the Gaggenau plant. This lightweight all-terrain truck in the 1.5-tonne class had a petrol engine that developed 60 kW.more about the Unimog History
45 years ago – 18 May 1965
: The new Mercedes-Benz O 302 bus series was presented to the press at the Mannheim plant. Series production had already begun in March.more about the Mercedes-Benz Bus History
35 years ago – 15 May 1975
: The Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9
, the new top-of-the-range model in the S-Class, was presented to the public. The vehicle featured a V8 engine with 210 kW and hydro-pneumatic suspension.
25 years ago – 10 May 1985
: Developed in-house, the driving simulator
was inaugurated at the Daimler-Benz Research Centre in Berlin Marienfelde. This delivered more precise findings, particularly on the interaction between car and driver.
20 years ago – May 1990: Mercedes-Benz was the first German car manufacturer to offer customers its own credit card, the MercedesCard.
15 years ago – May 1995
: The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Coupé
was the world’s first production car equipped with the electronic stability programme ESP®. The invention has since been introduced industry-wide.