Mercedes-Benz is an automotive brand that have a strong influence on the industry. Yes, they are a marque known for luxury and high-performance vehicles. What you might not know is how innovative they are!
You might not know that many of the common features found in today’s cars are down to their innovations! Here are five examples of how Mercedes-Benz are industry leaders:
- The radiator
All modern car engines have efficient cooling systems. They all share a common part: the radiator. In a nutshell, your car’s radiator is a heat exchanger. Hot coolant passes through it, and cold air gets blown onto the radiator’s fins.
Today’s radiators also have a fan to speed up the cooling process. They are useful for situations where you are stuck in traffic, for example.
Karl Benz is famous for inventing the automotive radiator back in the late 19th century.
- Mass-produced diesel engine
Many people credit the invention of the diesel engine to Rudolf Diesel. Although he designed the engine, he wasn’t a car maker. Back in 1936, Mercedes-Benz mass-produced a stable diesel engine that got used in the 260 D.
The engine was a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder unit that produced 45 brake horsepower. It also sported a Bosch diesel fuel injection system. The 260 D was, in effect, the world’s first mass-produced diesel car.
Ever since then, Mercedes-Benz has evolved the diesel engine’s design. Today, almost all car makers offer diesel engines in their models.
- Front and rear safety crumple zones
As more cars started filling the roads in the early part of the 20th century, safety became a concern. Mercedes-Benz created a car in 1959 that introduced front and rear safety crumple zones. Such an introduction is now standard on all cars produced from the latter half of the 20th century.
They are one of many innovations that Mercedes-Benz has licensed to its competitors. It does so to promote safety across the industry as a whole.
- Stability and Braking Safety
There are other innovations that Mercedes-Benz license to its competitors. They are ESP and Brake Assist. The company was also the first to mass-produce cars with ABS back in 1979.
Look at www.motorlinedirect.co.uk and you’ll see almost all MB cars have those features as standard. The German car maker does plenty of extensive tests on new safety features. They always do so before introducing them as new features on their up and coming models.
- Seven-speed automatic transmission
Back in the 1970s and beyond, automatic gearbox technology was archaic. Most people refer to those old transmissions as “slush boxes.”
Nowadays, auto boxes come in various types such as dual-clutch and CVT. In 2003, Mercedes-Benz stunned the world when they introduced a new seven-speed automatic gearbox. That’s because most auto transmissions back then only have four or five forward gears.
The 7G-Tronic gearbox was the first to get used on a passenger car. Mercedes-Benz started fitting them to eight-cylinder models at first. Today, the transmission is standard across most of its model range. Check out 500sec.com for a diagram on how it works.