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Setting the Standard: A Look Back at Mercedes-Benz's Long History of Automotive Innovation

Last updated 5 years ago

It all started in 1886. That was the year that Carl Benz was awarded a German patent for a three-wheeled, self-propelled “Motorwagen,” essentially the world’s first car. Since then, Mercedes-Benz has always taken the lead on automotive innovation. This long history of excellence is evident in the remarkable pre-owned Mercedes-Benz cars available at MyCarMan, Arlington’s premier used luxury car dealership.

To help you appreciate the elegance and comfort that you will enjoy inside a modern Mercedes-Benz vehicle, here is a look at the some of the German automaker’s most notable innovations and achievements over the years:

Four-Wheel Independent Suspension. In 1931, Mercedes-Benz produced the 170. This technologically advanced vehicle features the auto industry’s first fully independent suspension, allowing each wheel to respond individually to varying road conditions, as well as as driving surfaces.

Antilock Braking System. Antilock brakes have been standard on new and used vehicles for many years—44 years to be exact. In 1970, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Antilock Braking System (ABS), an innovative safety and performance system that helps drivers retain control under heavy braking by preventing wheel lockup.

Electronic Stability Program. Mercedes-Benz is credited with yet another feature that is standard on all new and late model used cars sold today, which is their electronic stability control feature. Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program (ESP) was introduced in 1995. ESP helps drivers maintain control in corners and during evasive maneuvering, which is why it is now required by law on all vehicles.

Mbrace®. Mercedes-Benz isn’t just a leader in automotive safety and performance, but also in comfort, convenience, and luxury. Case in point: Mbrace®. This innovative navigation and infotainment system allows drivers to connect with their Mercedes-Benz vehicle like never before thought possible. It is available on most late model used Mercedes-Benz vehicles.  

If you would like to own one of the best used luxury cars that money can buy, visit a smart used car dealership in Arlington, Texas – like MyCarMan.

Browse our dealer’s inventory of slightly used Mercedes models at We also regularly carry used cars, trucks and SUVs from other leading luxury automakers. So, besides Mercedes, you’ll also find the following on our lot: BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Land Rover, Porsche, Cadillac and so much more! Call (682) 622-8390 for additional information about our inventory, which is easily accessible online. If you’re a smart car shopper, choose a smart dealership. Choose MyCarMan.


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