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The history of Mercedes-Benz can be quite confusing when you go back to the original patents. On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz received a patent for his “Benz Patent Motorwagen” and his first engine in 1879. In 1885, Gottlieb Daimler along with his design partner Wilhelm Maybach received a patent on August 29, 1885 for a prototype of a modern engine, which they called “grandfather clock engine.”
While Daimler and Mayback worked together to create various carriages, Benz worked on refining his motorwagen. Daimler and Mayback created their first four-stroke engine powered car with four wheels in 1889. Together they founded Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft in 1890 and their first automobile was seen in 1892. Benz on the other hand sold his first car in 1888. His first four-wheeled car was sold in 1891. Karl Benz’s company, Benz and Cie became the world firsts and largest car manufacturer by 1900.
As with many automobile manufacturers throughout Europe, those in Germany had the same problems during World War I. Both of the companies felt the crunch of the economy and even though they were rival companies began a merger in 1924, by 1926 they were merged totally and became Daimler-Benz AG. Daimler-Benz AG manufactured Mercedes-Benz automobiles and trucks. The agreement of the merger is that both companies had to stay together until 2000. The main focus of the company was land vehicles however; they also manufactured engines for airplanes and power boats, and Zeppelins.
Daimler-Benz of Stuttgart, Germany eventually merged with the Chrysler Corporation, an American automobile manufacturer in 1998. At this time, DaimlerChrysler was created. The merger did not produce what the deal makers had expected in the way of a trans-Atlantic automotive giant. DiamlerChrysler reported on May 14, 2007, they would sell Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management of New York, which is a private equity firm that is known for restructuring companies in financial trouble. The new name of the company, as long as shareholders agree, will be Daimler AG. The sell was completed on August 3, 2007 and the United States Company took on the name Chrysler Holding LLC.