While many things have changed since the foundation of Mercedes-Benz in 1926, one thing has remained constant throughout... and that is the quality and luxury of Mercedes-Benz.

Seen as the pinnacle of the automotive industry by many, due to its luxurious design and reliability, the slogan 'The best or nothing' tells you all you need to know about Mercedes-Benz as both a brand and as a company.

In this article, we will showcase some of the most iconic Mercedes-Benz models throughout the years....

1946-1955: 170 V to 170 DS

The Mercedes-Benz 170 V was presented at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Show in Berlin in February 1936 and was the first model produced post World War II. The 170 V replaced the 170 model after five and a half years (which had mainly been used by the police, tradespeople and rescue services).

While having the identical displacement of 1.7 litres, the new model was more powerful, more modern and cheaper than its predecessor.

A saloon version was also released which featured a 38 brake horse power engine, subsequently a top-of-the-line model was later released, boasting a 52 brake horse power.

The 170 V was the by far most important passenger car model of the pre-war era for Daimler-Benz and secured the Mercedes-Benz brand a top position in the mid-size segment.


1952-1962: Mercedes-Benz Ponton

Released in 1953, the 180 4-door model signalled a new era, with a Ponton body becoming widely available. Characteristic features of the Ponton body first realised in the USA in 1946 were the fully integrated wings and the rectangular footprint.

Later models in 1956 boasted improved performance too with 80 brake horse power models available as the models were upgraded and improved upon.This change proved hugely popular with over 44,000 sales worldwide of the Ponton model in 1955 which boasted the new design, improved engine, improved safety and an upgrade interior.

The sister model, the 190, was introduced in March 1956. It had a significantly more powerful engine rated at 75 hp (compared with the 52 hp of the 180 model).

1961-1968: The Mercedes-Benz ‘Tail Fin

Mercedes-Benz Fintail is a nickname for saloon cars of the W110, W111, and W112 series produced by Mercedes from 1959 to 1968. These replaced the Ponton-series saloon cars introduced in 1953.In 1961 the introduction of the W110 generation led to the nickname of the “Tail Fin” due to the distinctive rear wing design. This model featured better safety features such as crumple zone and an improved braking feature.

Additionally, the introduction of features such as power steering, a sunroof, heated rear windows, electric windows and an automatic transmission meant a hugely-improved driving experience.

1984-1997: The First Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The launch of the E-Class in 1984 proved a massive success with a wide range of different engines and specifications available, the E-Class set the bar for premium executive cars. A variety of body styles included an estate, coupé and sedan which resulted in over 2.7 million sales of the 124 model E-Class series by the time production had ended.

The E-Class has since gone on to have many face-lifts since it's inception. It still maintains its foothold over the premium business class market and is recognised as one of the most aspirational vehicles to drive to this date.

The latest model is equipped with all the features that modern cars have, and more with voice assist and self-parking just some of the many highlights added to the latest edition of the iconic E-Class.


2021 – The New EQC

Mercedes-Benz has once again innovated with the launch of the EQC, the first of a family of premium electric SUVs...

The EQC is a 4x4 that's 100% electric, yet unmistakably Mercedes-Benz. With its surprising range and innovative driver assistance features, it represents a whole new way to drive electric.

It is powered by a powered by a 64kWh battery pack and boast an impressive range of up to 450km with a fast charging time of just 30 minutes. With performance of 288 BHP this electric SUV packs a serious punch in terms of performance too. The EQC is also packed with the most modern safety features including the latest generation driver assistance systems which ensure a highly relaxed and safe driving experience in the EQC .

The AMG line of the EQC also comes with 19” alloys, electrically opening panoramic glass sunroof and keyless go. There’s a few more creature comforts for the cabin, too, such as an augmented reality navigation system, a wireless smartphone charger and a premium 10-speaker stereo.

In summary, Mercedes-Benz has constantly innovated through the years and shows no sign of slowing down as they enter into the exciting world of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Here at Connolly Motor Group, we are proud Mercedes-Benz dealers and we cannot wait to see the amazing things to come from the brand over the next few years as when it comes to Mercedes-Benz it really is “The best or nothing”.