Karl Benz. Founder of Mercedes Benz. Karl Friedrich Benz. Karl Benz was born on November 25, 1844 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is commonly regarded as the inventor of the gasoline powered automobile. Benz is known as the inventor because he was the
Founder of Mercedes Benz
Karl Benz was born on November 25, 1844 in
He is commonly regarded
as the inventor of the
gasoline powered automobile.
Benz is known as the
inventor because he was the
first to gain a patent for his
Karl Benz was born to Josephine Vaillant and Johann George Benz.
Karl Benz was raised in near poverty but showed a talent for science in
education. He went to grammar school and Lyzeum, a science
oriented school. At fifteen, he attended the University of Carlsruhe.
After coming into possession of a bicycle, Karl begin to envision
concepts for the first gasoline powered car. However, during that time
it was referred to as the horseless carriage.
The first automobile was designated the Benz Patent Motorwagen.
In the 1920’s, shortly after the World War I, the German
economy was facing a serious crisis. Karl Benz’s company
was in deep trouble as well as another German automobile
manufacturer known as Daimler Motors. In order to survive
the two companies merged and became Mercedes-Benz.
After the Daimler and Benz merged a new logo was conceived for the new company. The logo consisted of a three pointed star inside a ring. The three points were derived from Daimler’s motto, which was “Engines for Land, Air, and Water.”