Mercedes-Benz CVs

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  • Stuttgart, May 20, 2010 - 1948 Mercedes-Benz owner’s manual for one of the most unusual vehicles ever to leave the company’s production halls referred to it as the “three-tonne Opel Blitz”, with the addendum “Daimler-Benz licensed reproduction”. Colourful in character despite a less than glamorous appearance, and ground-breaking at the same time, the three-tonne Opel Blitz was given the designation L 701 at Mercedes-Benz.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 30, 2010 - The comparative test drive began in the early morning. The starting point was the main gate of the Daimler assembly plant in Wörth. The tour was 542 kilometres long, leading via Stuttgart over the San Bernardino pass to the Swiss village of Lostallo. The two test vehicles were worlds apart: a modern Actros semitrailer/tractor combination rated at 440 hp competing against a 200 hp LP 1620 with trailer. The two vehicles are separated by around 50 years of progress resulting from development work in the field of commercial vehicles.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 30, 2010 - The European Union was still called the European Economic Community (EEC), Europe's best-known politicians were Konrad Adenauer, Charles de Gaulle and Nikita Khrushchev. On the cusp of the 1960s, the economy in western Europe at least had overcome the aftermath of the Second World War and many countries were beginning to flourish once again. Western Europe was growing closer, with previously bitter enemies becoming partners or even friends. A solid border divided western and eastern Europe into two blocs.
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  • Stuttgart, Feb 12, 2009 - Just one year after the new cab-over-engine trucks of the LP series came on the scene in 1963, they and their snub-nosed colleagues got new engines. After a good 40 years, Daimler-Benz bid farewell to the precombustion chamber principle which was introduced in 1923, introducing direct injection in 1964 in the shape of two new in-line six-cylinder engines.
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  • Stuttgart, Feb 5, 2009 - The new short-nosed trucks from Daimler-Benz, first presented to the press in March 1959, started out as a compromise on wheels. In order to promote the conveyance of goods by rail, Transport Minister Seebohm made life difficult for the truck: New, very stringent regulations concerning weights and dimensions spelt the end for the traditional conventionals, which had become the object of criticism for taking up too much valuable space on the roads with their long cowls.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 1, 2008 - The OE agricultural tractor chugged into the limelight at the 1928 International Motor Show (IAMA) and on to its buyer in May that year. It was vastly superior to its contemporary competitors in terms of economic efficiency, but in engineering terms, too, it was one of the most matured designs of the 1920s.
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  • Stuttgart, Feb 25, 2008 - Only minor modifications to the well-established 3.5-ton Mercedes-Benz L 3500 were made to increase its payload to 4.5 tons from March 1953, and turn what had accordingly become the L 4500 medium-duty truck into the best-seller among the short-nose truck models from Mannheim.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 11, 2006 - <b>November 1956</b> The L 326 - a conventional truck which at least externally was difficult to distinguish from the familiar L 315. In terms of its inner values, however, the L 326 represented a quantum leap ahead, catching up with the competitors’ most powerful vehicles.
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  • Stuttgart, Jul 13, 2006 - Develop a powerful tractor for as many applications as possible, one easy to operate by a single person and based on the proven concept of the Unimog: that was the idea pursued since 1967 by Gustav Krettenauer, agricultural engineer at the Daimler-Benz Gaggenau plant, and his team. High tractive power at low speed: that was now the most important thing in large-scale farming.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 26, 2005 - <b>January, 26, 1981</b> What is matter-of-course standard equipment on commercial vehicles from Mercedes-Benz today was a big step towards greater traffic safety in 1981: the first anti-lock braking system (ABS) for commercial vehicles.
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  • Stuttgart, May 7, 2003 - The three-axle LP 333 sixteen-tonner was a made-to-measure truck – an adroit response to the dimensional and weight restrictions introduced in 1958 and a configuration that stood out for its maximum payload capacity. It also helped the cab-over-engine principle to its breakthrough.
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