The German based automaker Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 105 years since the company has offered, for the first time, the all-wheel drive technology.

“This year marks the 105th anniversary of the very first commercially available four wheel drive vehicle – created in 1907 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG). The ‘Dernburg-Wagen’ featured not only four-wheel drive but was also equipped with four-wheel steering to aid manoeuvrability”, as Mercedes Benz says in its official press release.

According to the car manufacturer, the first all-wheel drive made by Mercedes-Benz was being offered in an era of dirt roads and the Dernburg-Wagen was the world’s first vehicle to get all-wheel drive. The model was coming with a ground clearance of 32 cm (12.6 inches) and it has a 6.8 liter four-cylinder engine, producing a total output of 35 horsepower (35 PS / 26 kW), along with four-wheel steering.

One hundred and five years later and the company is still offering the all-wheel drive system but, over the years, a lot of things have changed, including the technology for the 4WD and the engines, but Mercedes-Benz is still offering the AWD system on models like the G-Class, and not only. Thank you, Mercedes, and see you in another 105 years with AWD and new technology.


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