Walter Schock and Rolf Moll in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL capture overall victory in the Rallye del Sestrière. Two months later in the Acropolis Rally in Greece from 26 - 29 April they repeat this success and again come out overall winners. At the end of the season the Schock/Moll team occupies first place in the European Touring Car Championship.
The first 563 units of the new 190 (W 121), 219 (W 105) and 220 S (W 180) passenger car models leave the Sindelfingen plant on their way to the sales and service outlets and dealerships, where they are presented to the public a day later.
Paul O'Shea, who a year earlier won the National Sports Car Championship for Class D production cars staged by the Sports Car Club of America, gains his first victory of the season in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in Cumberland, Maryland/USA.
The 300 model is offered as an extended special version with a 100 mm longer wheelbase and 140 mm more legroom in the rear. The first unit of this version was handed over to German Chancellor Adenauer in May.
Sindelfingen begins series production of the 220 S Convertible (W 180), presented in September 1955 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the 220 Convertible A/C and now entering the market as the 220 S with an uprated engine.
The first LG 315 is produced at the Mercedes-Benz Gaggenau plant. The cross-country capable 5-tonne truck was developed for the recently founded German army, the Bundeswehr; over 6,600 vehicles of this type are delivered by 1964.
A Mercedes-Benz 300 SL again takes first place in the toughest rally on the European contient, the Liège - Rome - Liège long-distance rally. As in the year before, the winners, this time the driver team Willy Mairesse/Willy Génin, come from Belgium.
The new 411 series, which replaces the 401 and 402 series, debuts at the German Agricultural Society (DLG) show in Hanover with the 30 hp Unimog. The four-cylinder diesel engine now has 30 hp / 22 kW, but is still optionally available with 25 hp / 18 kW.
The L 326 heavy-duty truck adds a 200 hp / 147 kW commercial vehicle to the Mercedes-Benz model range for the first time. Initially only intended for export, the L 326 also goes on sale in Germany in March 1957, responding to the increased demand for higher-output vehicles.
The foreign sales of Daimler-Benz AG reach DM 618.6 million, a 21 % increase over the previous year, and equivalent to 37.7 % of overall sales. The company now exports to 127 different countries via a network of 183 general distributors and 1,200 subdistributors. The leading export country is India.