It’s hard to think of “luxury European cars” without thinking of Mercedes-Benz, one of the original names in automotive excellence. Known for their eye-catching designs, cutting-edge innovations, and high-quality materials, this brand and its precursors have been turning heads in the world of cars for more than 100 years.
Where is Mercedes-Benz From?
As you might already know, Mercedes-Benz is a German company, with its current headquarters in the city of Stuttgart. Its main origins lie in the company Daimler-Moteren-Gesellschaft (DMG), which merged with another to form the brand we know today.
When was Mercedes-Benz founded?
The parent company DMG was founded in 1890 by Gottleib Daimler and several other businessmen, going through several teams of directors before finding its niche in the early 1900s. However, many people consider an 1899 race in Nice, France, to be the true birthplace of the brand. An engineer who worked with DMG, Emil Jellinek, had designed a sleek new race car and he took part in the event, impressing everyone who had come to watch – which included quite a few elites of the time. Within a few years of this race, the company was shipping vehicles around Europe and even to the richest tycoons of the USA.
However, the full company that we think of today didn’t form until 1926, when DMG merged with another German auto manufacturer and its main competitor, Benz & Cie. Since then, they have consistently been one of the most popular brands in the world, making everything from luxury cars to vans to Formula 1 racers.
Where did the "Mercedes-Benz" name come from?
The engineer from DMG mentioned above, Emil Jellinek, had a daughter named Mercedes – and so, when he helped design and build the new flagship vehicle that far outperformed the competition, he called it the 1901 Mercedes. The name stuck , and he trademarked it in 1902.
Benz & Cie was named after its founder, Karl Benz, a German engineer who built and patented the first internal combustion engine – widely thought of as the first true automobile – in 1886. It was called the “Benz Patent Motorwagen”.
With the strong reputation and capabilities of both companies combined, they decided to call their vehicles Mercedes-Benz: a nod to their craftsmanship, quality engineering, and German roots.
Who owns Mercedes-Benz now?
Mercedes-Benz is a publicly-traded company, owned by shareholders on the market. The current head of the company is Ola Källenius, a Swedish executive who also acts as the chairman of the board of management for the parent company, Daimler AG.
Where Are Mercedes-Benz Cars Made?
Despite being a German brand, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are actually produced in more than 20 countries around the world – although some factories only produce parts, fuel cells, or specialized units like buses. Manufacturing plants for Mercedes-Benz can be found in places like Argentina (the first one to be built outside of Germany, in 1951), Denmark, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, and even here in Canada, with a fuel cell plant in Burnaby.
Which Mercedes-Benz are made in Germany?
In addition to its original plant in Stuttgart, which opened in 1904 and currently employs nearly 20,000 people, there are other factories around Germany that produce genuine Mercedes-Benz parts and vehicles. Depending on the location, these factories make AMG engines, axles and steering columns, exhaust technology, batteries, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, and S-Class vehicles, and more. The original location in Stuttgart also has the research & development team and the corporate headquarters.
Mercedes-Benz Sales and Service in Calgary, Alberta
Are you interested in one of these great European luxury vehicles – or do you have one already, and you need reliable maintenance services? At Euroworks in Calgary’s Vista Heights neighbourhood (near Marlborough Mall and 16 Ave NE), we exclusively service and sell European high-end cars. We know the care, dedication, and precisely manufactured parts required to make them run their best, and we know how to deliver the luxury experience you want. You can protect your investment with our vehicle wraps and coatings, go faster with specific Mercedes-Benz tune-ups, or make sure everything runs smoothly through even our harshest seasons with our winterizing packages.
Whether you need Mercedes Service or something more, Euroworks is here to deliver. Get in touch today!
What To Know About Winter Tires in Calgary
Have you ever slid down 14th Street NW by Confederation Park on a cold winter day? Or been stuck in the hills of Mount Royal and Bankview, unsure if you’ll clear the piles of snow that line the streets? It doesn’t take much for drivers here to realize that in Alberta, winter tires are a must. In Calgary, winter tires can be the difference between a safe ride home and a frustrating delay on a freeway or through the suburbs.
Why Do European Vehicles Require Special Oil?
TLDR: For many reasons including stricter emissions standards in Europe and the fact that European vehicles are typically designed to require less frequent oil changes and therefore the oil used must have special additives to help facilitate that.
If you’ve laid down the money for a high-end vehicle from a European manufacturer, you want to make sure you’re giving it the best possible treatment. This means regular washes to get rid of road chemicals and debris, high-octane fuel…and even special engine oil.
Many people don’t know it, but it’s true: European vehicles require different oil than American ones, and using the wrong kind for your car oil change could lead to big problems down the road. But even more people don’t know why this is. Here are a few common reasons that any luxury car owner in Canada should keep in mind.
Less Frequent Engine Oil Changes
The general standard in North America between oil service – depending on the exact type of synthetic oil used – is somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 km. However, European vehicles are designed to make it up to 16,000 km before they need an oil and filter change. This comes down to the price of the oil, as well as different manufacturer expectations and recommendations, and means that the motor oil used in Europe better protects against build-up and corrosion for a longer time.
Why Euroworks Ceramic Coatings Have More Value.
When you’ve invested money into a high-end car, you want that investment to be worth every cent. And it’s about more than just what’s under the hood – after all, when you see a nice European car on the street, you know it goes fast and handles well. And that’s because these cars look good, and you want yours to stay that way.
There are a lot of options when it comes to protecting your paint job – everything from DIY wax solutions to expensive dealership packages. What will give you the most protection, on every part of your car, and pay for itself over the years?
The Benefits Of Ceramic Coating For Cars
Іf уоu аrе tіrеd оf hаvіng tо аlwауs tаkе уоur саr tо thе car wash or the gаrаgе fоr frеquеnt сlеаnіng аnd раіntwоrk, сеrаmіс саr соаtіngs саn bе whаt уоu nееd. Wіth сеrаmіс саr соаtіngs, уоu nо lоngеr hаvе tо wоrrу аbоut light sсrаtсhеs, stаіns, sроttіng оr thе fаdіng оf уоur vеhісlе’s fасtоrу раіnt. Yоu wіll аlsо bе аblе tо kеер уоur саr раіnt іntасt аnd flаwlеss fоr mоrе ехtеndеd реrіоds. There are so many benefits of ceramic coatings!
What is a Ceramic Coating?
А сеrаmіс соаtіng іs а fоrm оf рrоtесtіvе lауеr fоr уоur саr’s раіnt. Іt іs а lіquіd роlуmеr аррlіеd tо thе ехtеrіоr surfасеs оf а vеhісlе. Іt іs sіmіlаr tо а sеаlаnt оr саr wах but dеsіgnеd tо lаst lоngеr. Аftеr аррlісаtіоn, thе lіquіd сhеmісаllу bоnds wіth thе раіnt аnd сrеаtеs а сlеаr соаtіng аnd а hуdrорhоbіс surfасе thаt рrоtесts уоur vеhісlе аnd mаіntаіns іts shіnе fоr а lоng tіmе. The paint protection coatings we use at Euroworks last for years!
An Introduction To Paint Protection Film For Cars
Car wrap is simply the process of applying large sheets of vinyl to your car to change its color and create a totally new and refreshed look. The vinyl completely covers the paintwork of your car, protecting it from abrasions and stone chips caused by general wear and tear. If any part of the car gets damaged for any reason, the vinyl can be easily repaired or replaced. A popular example of a car wrap is paint protection film, also known as PPF.
Here at Euroworks, we have a good selection of styles of film as well as multiple packages for the placement of film (i.e. front bumper, full vehicle, etc.)
Why You Shouldn't Buy Car Parts Online
With the rise of sites like Amazon and EBay, it can be more tempting than ever to try and “shop around” for the best prices on the parts that you need to maintain your luxury vehicle. You can look at reviews for the seller, compare prices instantly, and hopefully keep more of your money in your pocket. Easy, right?
Well….not so fast!
When it comes to car parts, any good owner (and mechanic) knows that cheap and easy is usually anything but. By trying to save a few dollars online, you may end up paying more over the long run because of unforeseen circumstances that often – very often – arise as a result.
The biggest problems?
We Are Your Dealership Alternative
Has anyone ever told you, “If you want the best service for your vehicle, you have to go to the dealership?”
And if so…did that person work at a dealership?
It’s a well-known fact that dealerships want to get your money. There are mark-ups, hidden fees, service charges, and just plain high prices on a lot of products and services. So why stay loyal to a place that simply wants to get as much money from you as possible? The short answer is – don’t.
What's the future of Augmented Reality in Cars?
Imagine a car from the early part of the 20th century: no power steering, no enclosed cabin, no self-starting ability…the list goes on. While it would certainly make high-speed getaways more entertaining if we still had to hand-crank our engines, it's undeniable that technology has made our cars better in more ways than we can count.
As engines have progressed to become faster, more powerful, and more efficient, the rest of the vehicle has also improved. Most recently, with the advent of computers, processors, and portable and adaptable displays, it has become possible to give drivers more tools than ever before while they're on the road. These can range from safety features and warnings, to itinerary information, to on-the-go entertainment that helps keep bored passengers happy. Once restricted to dashboards and overhead fold-down screens, a new development is now bringing all of this potential together in a futuristic way - by using windshields equipped with augmented reality HUDs (heads-up displays).
Ready For A New Racetrack in Calgary?
If you haven’t been able to keep up with the news, there’s been some exciting developments lately in the Calgary area – specifically, on a square mile of land north of the city. In 2017, the county council of Mountain View, near Carstairs, voted to allow the land to be redesignated…and now we’re excited to announce that construction has begun on a new racetrack for Calgary!
The Old Race City Speedway
Many Calgarians have fond memories of days spent out at the old race track at the southeast edge of the city limits. Race City Speedway opened in 1985 and for more than 25 years it gave lead-footed drivers a place to safely get the speed out of their systems. Featuring a quarter-mile drag strip, a half-mile oval, and a two-mile track, the facility hosted five major championship races and was a favourite getaway spot for drivers of high-end cars in the area. To much protest, it closed in 2011 with no replacement project in the works, and since then, drivers of fast European cars haven’t had a suitable place to really see what their vehicles can do.
BMW i Electric Cars in Calgary
While many people consider the revving engines of a high-end European vehicle to be the hallmark of a great car, a growing number of consumers are looking into ways to minimize their impact on the environment. It’s no longer just the fringe groups, either – recently, the entire country of Germany voted to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030! With the world trending towards more responsible and sustainable energy sources, but a vast amount of modern life dependent on motorized transportation, one field is pulling out far ahead of the rest: electric cars.
The term “electric car” might conjure up images of tiny smart cars, puttering along behind the luxurious European brands that you love. But over the last few years, ground-breaking research has led to massive innovations in speed, style, and sustainability, and nearly every major auto manufacturer now has some stakes in the game – including the ones that have reputation for engineering, luxury, and power.
Professional Car Reconditioning
When buying a pre-owned vehicle, there are many considerations that a potential customer has to make before they put their money on the line. Aside from the obvious factors of colour, style, function, and budget, taking a look at the level of reconditioning on a vehicle is definitely worth a bit of extra time.
Vehicle reconditioning considers the mechanics, body, and frame of a vehicle and combines it with the knowledge and service of technicians in order to make it look and perform as close to new as it can get. This can involve cosmetic body work, engine tune-ups, replacing parts, full interior and exterior cleans, and much more. So how can you be sure that the shiny high-end car you’re looking at has received the proper care and maintenance?
How To Properly Power Your European Vehicle
When you’ve spent the money on something nice, something luxurious – like a European Sports Car – you want to make sure that everything on it is of the highest quality. While items like Tires, chips, and every little nut and bolt are definitely important, it can be said that the most important Part of your high-end vehicle is the battery. After all, it gives your car its life and its power – without it, nothing else would even turn on.
Routine European Vehicle Service
Your car is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your life. Even if it’s new, but especially if it’s previously owned, it’s important to protect that investment with proper maintenance.
Modern cars have complex and interconnected systems that rely on each other to function properly – if one section isn’t performing well, it will adversely affect the others. Everything from fluid levels and tire pressure to belt wear and line contamination will play a part in your car’s performance, and ultimately, its lifespan.
The BMW i8: Power, in a whole new way!
Usually when you think of an electric car, what comes to mind is something watered-down and weak – a car that might be good for a city commute, but lacks the power to really get you where you’re going. And now, with the sway of public opinion leaning firmly in the direction of an electric future, you have probably wondered: how can you drive with all the style of your luxury car, while taking advantage of current environmental considerations?
The engineers at BMW thought the same thing, and that’s why they designed the BMW i8.