Karl Friedrich Benz (1844 – 1929) is credited with developing the first gasoline powered automobile in the world. He founded the company Benz & Cie in the year 1883 and was awarded a patent for a motorwagen in 1885. In 1886, the first gasoline powered automobile , the Benz Patent Motorwagen was publicly demonstrated , thus becoming the world’s first gasoline powered automobile.

The motorwagen was made famous by Bertha Benz in 1888, who without the knowledge of Karl Benz , drove it to Pforzheim – a distance of 66 miles, recoding the first long distance automobile journey. Fuelling the vehicle by getting “gasoline” from pharmacies – the first filling stations,  she was also credited with inventing the brake lining when she asked a shoe maker to nail leather on to the brake blocks to make the vehicle to stop in shorter distance. She had also suggested to Karl Benz to add an extra gear to make hill climbing better – may be the first customer feedback mechanism.

One of the famous and large selling models of Benz & Cie was-

The logo of the original Benz & cie

The Benz & Cie merged with Daimler group in 1926 as Daimler-Benz, naming its cars as Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes name coming from the Daimler group.

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