Mercedes-Benz traces its origins to Karl Benz's creation of the first petrol-powered
car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, financed by Bertha Benz and
patented in January 1886, and Gottlieb Daimler and engineer Wilhelm
Maybach's conversion of a stagecoach by the addition of a petrol engine later that
year. The Mercedes automobile was first marketed in 1901 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft.
The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz's
and Gottlieb Daimler's companies into the Daimler-Benz company.