Daimler and Benz branded trucks were produced both separately and jointly. Specialist vehicles such as the 4x4 gun tractor also included Krupps as a design partner. In 1926 they put the various badge engineered trucks under a single name of Mercedes-Benz. Cars continued to be produced under both the Mercedes-Benz and Daimler brands. British Daimler had absolutely nothing to do with the Germans as H.J. Lawson bought the rights to use the name from Daimler himself in 1896 (he was just about the only show in town at that time) and produced their own vehicles eventually being bought out by BSA, then Jaguar, then BMC and finally Ford who killed the name.
Mercedes and BMW were the two big German WW1 aircraft engine builders (the BMW badge is a turning propeller).
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Maybach was a partner of Daimler along with Benz right at the first when they were inventing the first vehicles. I will check his history.
Wilhelm Maybach ; 9 February 1846 – 29 December 1929 was an early German engine designer and industrialist. During the 1890s he was hailed in France, then the world centre for car production, as the "King of Designers".
From the late 19th century Wilhelm Maybach, together with Gottlieb Daimler, developed light, high-speed internal combustion engines suitable for land, water, and air use. These were fitted to the world's first motorcycle, motorboat, and after Daimler's death, a new automobile introduced in late 1902, the Mercedes model, built to the specifications of Emil Jellinek.
Maybach rose to become technical director of the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG) but did not get along with its chairmen. As a result, Maybach left DMG in 1907 to found Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH together with his son Karl in 1909; they manufactured Zeppelin engines. After the signing of the Versailles Treaty in 1919 the company started producing large luxury vehicles, branded as "Maybach". He died in 1929 and was succeeded by his son Karl Maybach. From around 1936 Maybach-Motorenbau designed and made almost all the engines fitted in German tanks and half-tracks used during World War 2, including those for the Panther, Tiger I and Tiger II heavy tanks.
Continuing after the war, Maybach Motorenbau remained a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, making diesel engines. During the 1960s Maybach came under the control of Daimler-Benz and was renamed MTU Friedrichshafen.
In 2002 the Maybach brand name was revived for a luxury make but it was not successful. On 25 November 2011 Daimler-Benz announced they would cease producing automobiles under the Maybach brand name in 2013. In 2014, Daimler announced production of an ultra-luxury edition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class under the new Mercedes-Maybach brand.
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Here is the story of Mercedes Jelinek, how Benz was adopted by Daimler and where the 3 pointed star came from. Jelinek was a Daimler car dealer and race driver in Austria and used his daughters' name on his race car, built to his specifications by the factory. For some reason Daimler liked it and patented the name