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September 29, 1888

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Daimler cars managed to make it to New York long before other imports, thanks to William Steinway. Steinway, a car enthusiast, concluded licensing negotiations with Gottlieb Daimler on this day, gaining permission to manufacture Daimler cars in the U.S. He founded the "Daimler Motor Company" and began producing Daimler engines, as well as importing Daimler boats, trucks, and other equipment to the North American market. Still, the U.S. was just a small portion of Daimler's market, and when he introduced a new line in 1901, he christened it Mercedes because he feared the German-sounding Daimler would not sell well in France.

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he christened it Mercedes because he feared the German-sounding Daimler would not sell well in France.
That's not really true - they named it Mercedes because their best customer and board member, who had lots of money, demanded that the car be named after his daughter.
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That's not really true - they named it Mercedes because their best customer and board member, who had lots of money, demanded that the car be named after his daughter.
I can't argue with you about it, because I have heard the same story about the daugthter Mercedes that you did.. I only quoted what History Channel had to say about it.

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Nice story. I am going with the history channel on this one. I would think they would do their research.


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Nice story. I am going with the history channel on this one. I would think they would do their research.
Sorry, but the Official History of MB says Mercedes is named after an early customer turned dealer' s daughter.

History channel is actually pretty junky, and usually just parrots conventional myths. Doesn't even bother to check Wiki.
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I can't argue with you about it, because I have heard the same story about the daugthter Mercedes that you did.. I only quoted what History Channel had to say about it.

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No, of course you won't be shot, but your association with these hucksters has been noted.
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