A brief history of Mercedes Benz vehicles…
Mercedes-Benz inherited half of its trade name from early 20th century German motor manufacturer Daimler, who produced the first prototypical Mercedes in 1901. The second part of name is called after an individual who played an integral role in shaping the luxury automobile giant. It's a little known historical fact that the father of Mercedes Benz cars, Karl Benz, actually invented the world's first motor vehicle in 1886. Karl Benz was an automobile engineer, inventor and visionary that brought the world its first gas-powered car. It's said that other German engineers like Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach were working on motor cars of their own at the time but Benz was the first of the group to receive a patent on his inventions which encompassed all of the moving parts and processes in the world's first automobile engine.
The Godfather of Mercedes-Benz, Karl Benz
Since its humble 19th century beginnings, Mercedes Benz has become one of the most well-known brands in the world. Mercedes Benz is also the oldest car manufacturer still in business in 2012. Mercedes Benz has come a long way since the early days of Karl Benz but has not failed to pay homage to its founder by leading the automotive industry in safety innovations, technological breakthroughs all while continuing to shatter previously unbeaten performance barriers and setting trends others can only hope to follow.
An original 1908 Mercedes-Benz (Known as Mercedes Daimler) advertisement for the New Phaeton
A 2012 advertisement for the Mercedes Benz SLS Supercar shows the automaker has come a long way
Because Mercedes Benz vehicles range in price from somewhat affordable all the way up to only accessible to the rich and famous, its clientele is fairly diverse.
For the Mercedes Benz C Class models, like the C320, the C230 and the newer C300, the average age of the driver is early to mid-thirties. The C class is sporty, affordable and pretty quick with up to a 300HP engine, with ample torque and a very light frame. This model also comes with an upgraded Bose stereo system, 17" Mercedes wheels or upgraded 18" AMG wheels and a whole bevy of other accessory options.
"The C class is highly customizable and because of this, it's a favorite among young Mercedes Benz drivers."
The 2012 Mercedes Benz C300 vehicle with 18" factory Mercedes Benz wheels
The Mercedes Benz E Class models attract a more conservative driver than the lower-priced and sportier C class cars. The Mercedes Benz E Class comes in several iterations such as the older E430 and E430 wagon, the newer E350 and E500 and the supercharged E63 AMG with 19" Mercedes AMG wheels and high performance Bridgestone tires. The E Class comes in a coupe and sedan version and offers a roomier interior than the C Class along with a larger, more powerful engine. There are also several interior upgrade options for E Class such as special polished burlwood interior, ten speaker surround sound Boseaudio system, in-screen GPS color navigation and more. The E63 AMG is loaded with power too: nearly 400 horses and enough torque to make your head snap back.
"The Mercedes Benz E class is widely considered by automotive and casual critics to be the BMW 5 Series' kryptonite. Its sleek curves, stellar engine performance and lavish interior has BMW beat at every corner." – Car and Driver
The next step up in price and luxury from the Mercedes Benz E Class is the revered Mercedes S Class. The Mercedes Benz S Class is one of the finest sets of wheels that money can buy. It's celebrated all over the world and has been featured everywhere, from royal caravans to music videos and is still humble and reliable enough to drive down the street for groceries or to pile the kids inside of for a soccer game. Like its predecessors, the Mercedes Benz S Class comes in a few different variations. The older S Class, the one that was made famous when Princess Diana's tragic car crash photos made headlines worldwide, was the international symbol of luxury for nearly a decade.
Fast forward to 2001 when Mercedes Benz unveiled its newest version of the famed S Class, which featured a completely renovated and upgraded interior and smooth, sexy exterior lines.
Mercedes Benz S Class circa 1995New 2012 Mercedes Benz S550
The Mercedes Benz S Class has best-in-class room for the driver and passenger. However, for Mercedes Benz drivers that want even more space with optional off-road capabilities, the new class of Mercedes SUVs promises to deliver. Mercedes Benz first introduced the world to its new line of sports utility vehicles when it debuted the ML Class (ML320, ML430 and ML55) SUV models. The first ML Mercedes vehicles were wildly popular with sales exceeding 3 million units in the first year alone. Customers who had owned Mercedes Benz coups or sedans in the past wanted to get a taste for Mercedes' latest offering and people bought as many of these new SUVs as they could get their hands on.
However, despite the runaway success of the Mercedes Benz ML320 and ML430, the ever-improving engineers at Mercedes Benz still saw room for improvement both in design and in performance. Eventually the new ML500 was debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it was an instant smash-hit. The Mercedes ML500had more space than the earlier ML models, along with a wide array of upgraded amenities like air-conditioned leather seats, rear parking cameras, interactive in-dash smart GPS system and standard 4-wheel drive capability. The wheels on the original Mercedes Benz ML were just 15 inches, compared to the stock 20" Mercedes wheels that come standard on the 2012 ML500. As you can see, the design of the ML series Mercedes Benz has come quite a long way too.
The Original Mercedes ML320 with 15" Mercedes wheels and high performance tires
The New 2012 Mercedes Benz ML350 with stock 20" Mercedes Benz wheels and tires
Mercedes Benz also offers the upgraded and supercharged ML63 AMG vehicle with 20" AMG wheels, a V8 400 HP engine and upgraded leather interior. Mercedes Benz began working with AMG, a German tuning company, to modify their vehicles for drag racing back in the early 80s. Mercedes Benz eventually took over AMG and made it a full subsidiary of their company in 1999. Now under the Mercedes Benz umbrella, AMG fine tunes nearly every class of vehicles, making any vehicle that bears the AMG namesake faster, meaner and sexier.
AMG's famous three letter logo, which adorns many of Mercedes Benz finest vehicles
UsaRim offers many wheel options for Mercedes Benz owners. Below are just a few of the wheels that will fit your Mercedes Benz vehicle:
Mercedes-Benz is a famed German automobile manufacturer whose name is synonymous with opulence and luxury.
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