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Mercedes-Benz is a German luxury automotive brand producing consumer and commercial cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans. The company is a subsidiary of Daimler AG, a Stüttgart-based multinational corporation whose stock symbol is DMLRY.

Though Mercedes-Benz didn’t come together as a company until 1926, it began with German engine designer and automobile engineer Carl Benz. In 1886, he invented the single-cylinder Motorwagen, the first car powered by petrol. Thanks to his wife, Bertha, the Motorwagen gained worldwide attention when she drove it a long distance.

In the early 1950s, the automaker sold its first car in the United States — the 300SL Gullwing. And since 1995, the company has had a production plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It’s the first large-scale facility of its kind outside of Germany, where most Mercedes vehicles are made.

Today, Mercedes-Benz is one of the most recognized luxury vehicle brands in the world. Its subsidiaries include Mercedes-AMG and the Mercedes Petronas F1 Team. Popular Mercedes-Benz models are the C-Class, G-WagonAMG, GLE, S-Class, E-ClassSprinter, and EQS.

Featured Vehicle: GLE

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All Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles:


GLA: A subcompact crossover SUV offering standard, 4MATIC, and AMG versions

GLB: A compact crossover SUV that also comes in 4MATIC and AMG models

GLC: This compact crossover SUV was Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling model of 2020 and continues to top all-time best-seller lists

GLE: A popular midsize crossover SUV with 4MATIC and 4MATIC+ options and AMG coupe models.

GLS: A full-size crossover SUV

Mercedes-Maybach GLS: A lavish version of the GLS

G-Class: Nicknamed the G-Wagon, this boxy model is a true SUV with body-on-frame construction


A-Class: This subcompact four-door sedan is the least expensive model in the lineup

C-Class: A compact car offering four-door sedan, two-door coupe, and two-door convertible body styles; the C300 is one of the most fuel-efficient sedan models

CLS: A sleek four-door coupe with AMG styling

E-Class: This popular midsize car comes in four-door sedan, two-door coupe, two-door convertible, and five-door wagon models

S-Class: A full-size four-door sedan that until 2021 was also available in two-door coupe and two-door convertible body styles

Mercedes-AMG GT: A high-performance sports car in four-door coupe, two-door coupe, and two-door convertible roadster models

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class: This extravagant sedan is the epitome of luxury cars

Hybrids & Electrics

EQS: An electric midsize sedan with a 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen on the dashboard

Recently Discontinued Vehicles:

SLK-Class: This two-door roadster was in production from 1996 to 2020

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