Celebrating Bertha Benz

Bertha Benz, a woman that has all my respect and praise for her work and the role she played. If she had not done what she did, we would not be living in a world full of cars, let alone reading about some fast cars on my blog.

We all know about Dr Carl Benz, how he in 1886 patented the world’s first automobile vehicle. The Patent Motor Wagen was a horseless carriage powered by a single cylinder motor. Carl unveiled his invention to the world in 1886. But contrary to his expectations, it failed to create any interest and people didn’t want to buy it.

Carl Benz kept on making improvements to the Motor Wagen and identified each iteration with a number. He made the Benz Patent Motor-Wagen No 3 in 1888. But by this time, Carl was losing his patience and did not want to continue working further on this.

Bertha had fallen in love with Carl when he explained his early drafts and plans of building such an automobile to her. She was interested in locomotives from an early age, thanks to some exposure from her father. So this idea had not just blown her mind but took her heart too. She wanted to support Carl with his vision and when Carl was about to give up, Bertha decided to do something herself about the situation.

This was a time when women were not treated equal and given the restricted to just doing household chores and bringing up kids. She decided to show the world what an automobile could do. In August 1888, together with her sons Richard and Eugen, and without the knowledge of her husband, Bertha Benz took to the road with the Benz Patent Motor-Wagen No 3. She was undeterred by the fact that some stretches of the roads, which were normally used only by horses and carriages, were anything but suitable for the automobile. Lack of fuel, clogged valves or wiring chafed-through to breaking point – she found a solution to every difficulty on the journey. She resorted to a garter, a hat-pin, and plundered the ligroin stocks of pharmacies along the route. When the fuel ran out completely outside Wiesloch, the Motor Car had to be pushed for several kilometers. Bertha got down herself to help.

Because of her persistence and this long journey, the Motor-wagen gained attention. And finally Carl made a total of 25 of these and sold them between 1886 and 1893. It also gained a title of being the world’s first mass production automobile.

Bertha Benz Memorial Drive & Treasure Hunt

Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels had organized a drive and treasure hunt event on Sunday, August 20, 2017 for women to take part and win exciting Mercedes-Benz Collectables. This was organized for the first time in India.

The event details
The event details

About 8 to 10 teams had participated in this wonderful adventure, in spite of heavy rains that day. Here are some photos from the event:

More about Carl & Bertha Benz

There is a lot to know about these two of the many legends of the automobile world. Here are a few good links if you are interested to read more.

  1. Bertha Benz on the Mercedes-Benz website
  2. Bertha Benz on the Bertha Benz Memorial Route website
  3.  A short movie ‘Carl & Bertha’ was made by Mercedes in german language to honor them. You can view the making of the film here. The movie is only available in german language with no english subtitles so I am not linking it here. If you find one do let me know, I’ll update it in this post.

Thank you to the wonderful people at Shaman for inviting me to this event! I had a good time at this event. I also got a chance to spend some time with this particular beauty, the SLC43 AMG:

I’ll share more photos with the SLC on my Instagram, so don’t forget to follow me @thebestcarblogever. There are also photos from when I had visited Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels at Kalina, Santacruz before.

Mercedes Benz India lauched A-Class & B-Class #Edition1

Limited Editions are the best ways to #CelebrateSuccess . Taking these words seriously, Mercedes Benz India launched the A-Class #Edition1 & the B-Class #Edition1 on June 25, 2014.

Mercedes A-Class & B-Class Edition1 Launch Event
Mercedes A-Class & B-Class Edition1 Launch Event

Lets get to know the A-Class #Edition1 first.

The A-Class #Edition1 is based on the current A-180 CDI, with a few exterior and many interior changes (rather, additions). Exterior changes include:

  • New alloys
  • Edition1 Decals (Stickers, developed in India and not available on overseas #Edition1 cars)
  • Gloss black finish on the Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs)
  • A new Panaromic Sunroof

The most important change is the revised Ground Clearance, which is a result of feedback from the customers who bought the A-Class.

On the inside, a number of features are added:

  • Electrical seat adjustment for the passenger seat
  • Reverse Camera
  • An armrest for the rear passengers
  • Edition1 badge on the inside (near the sunroof button).

The engine is the same as the standard A-Class : 2.2Litre Diesel engine, which produces 109bhp & 250Nm of torque, mated with the 7G-Tronic Automatic Gearbox.

The B-Class #Edition1

The B-Class still has no competition in the market, because when it was launched back in September 2012, it created a segment of its own – “Compact Sports Tourer”.

The B-Class #Edition1 has similar exterior changes like its smaller sibling, the A-Class #Edition1:

  • New 17-inch alloys
  • Revised Ground Clearance
  • Gloss black finish on the ORVMs (Exterior Mirror Housing)

Additions on the inside are also the same as the A-Class #Edition1:

  • Rear passenger seat center armrest (with Two cup-holders)
  • Entertainment package (includes the two LCD screens, DVD drive, headphones and remote control)
  • Edition1 badge
  • Reverse Camera

Both the cars are available in three colors: Cirrus White, Polar Silver and Jupiter Red (which is a NEW color for the B-Class). Only diesel variants of the #Edition1 are available.

The A-Class #Edition1 is priced at Rs 26.17 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai), while the B-Class #Edition1 is priced at Rs 28.7 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).

If all the above features excite you and you really like the A-Class or the B-Class, go buy them NOW! Only 100 A-Class #Edition1 and 100 B-Class #Edition1 will be available. (Remember, I told you they were “Limited” Editions!).

Let me know in the Comments if these Cars have impressed you and if you will actually buy one of them and why. Looking forward to your views.

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Cars with the ability to show what excellence means

When discussing about CARS,  one or more of the people in the conversation will say “This FOO is an excellent car! That BAR is no match for this one!”. We would have our own choice and thinking of what makes for an excellent car. But there is a specific set of CARS that have proven this year what excellence means.

Before getting to these cars, let me clear what I think of excellence to be (and should be).

Excellence is the quality of being excellent. It is about giving your best, exceeding expectations & setting standards for others. It is the constant achievement through hard work, dedication and discipline.

But, excellence is NOT success. There is a difference. Success is when we compare our achievements with what other people have done already. Excellence, on the other hand, is when we compare our achievements with what we have done before; and when we see that we have grown, we have beaten our own records and achieved — excellence.

“Competition with oneself, is the way to excellence.”

You’ll find lots of links to explain you on that topic, so lets get to what we were talking about here.  So which cars have i think  proven their excellence??

Take a look at this.

Their excellence has been appreciated and reflected in the awards they have got. Being awarded as the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at six different award events of a single year is no joke. It is a sign of excellence. If you’ve seen any of the award ceremonies of this year, you will have guessed by now, I am talking about Mercedes-Benz.

It hasn’t ended there. Ten other awards (16 in total), across various other categories have been awarded. The A-Class, B-Class, E-Class, the E63 AMG and the GL-Class have won these awards.

Here is a snap to show who got what!

List of Awards won by Merecedes (India) this year.
List of Awards won by Merecedes (India) this year. [Edited][Original Source]
The A-Class A180 - It had to Win! Just look at it!
The A-Class A180 – It had to Win! Just look at it!
Th B-Class B-180 - Imported beauty! ;)
Th B-Class B-180 – Imported beauty! 😉
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz marked 2013 as the ‘Year of Offensive’ and launched fascinating products, expanded its network spread and provided its customers value-added after sales service, according to their strategy. Setting benchmarks in the luxury segment (for its competitors), is their strategy of the ‘Year of Excellence’ – 2014.

They have already began the year’s celebrations, by the successful launch of the new S-Class, while showcasing the CLA 45 AMG, GLA and the M-Guard at the Indian Auto Expo 2014. [Photo Gallery:  #MercAtAutoExpo2014]

Here is what they’ve got to say, while they celebrate – “When you pursue the path of excellence, the world makes you a winner.”

This is what Mercedes-Benz is about – “the Best or Nothing“.

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