Mercedes-Benz origins’ come from Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft’s 1901 Mercedes and Karl Benz’s 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is widely regarded as the first internal combustion engine in a self-propelled automobile. The fuel was not gasoline, it was a much more volatile petroleum spirit with several names including ligrane/ligrain/ligroin. This was used as a degreaser, spot remover, paint thinner, etc. and was so quick to burn or explode, it was not stored inside. The slogan for the brand is “the best or nothing”.
The World’s Biggest Truck Factory – With more than 11,000 employees, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth is the largest truck factory in the world. Every day more than 400 fully roadworthy trucks run off the line here. From Wörth am Rhein they are exported all over the world – sometimes even via the factory-owned container port.
Our truck documentary, Mercedes-Benz truck factory, accompanies the development of a Tractor Actros – from the first drawings of the designers, the work steps in the engine plant in Mannheim to the final assembly of the truck in Wörth.
Since its inception, Mercedes-Benz has maintained a reputation for its quality and durability. Objective measures looking at passenger vehicles, such as J. D. Power surveys, demonstrated a downturn in reputation in these criteria in the late 1990s and early 2000s. By mid-2005, Mercedes temporarily returned to the industry average for initial quality, a measure of problems after the first 90 days of ownership, according to J. D. Power.
Directed by: Welt