1992

  • 1 January 1992
  • The helicopter divisions of Deutsche Aerospace and the French aeronautics company Aérospatiale merge, creating Eurocopter S.A. with headquarters in Paris.
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  • 11 - 19 January 1992
  • The 500 SEC and 600 SEC (140 series) S-Class coupés celebrate their world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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  • 17 - 26 January 1992
  • The O 405 GN makes its debut at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in Geneva, adding an articulated variant to the O 405 N low-floor urban bus series introduced in 1989.
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  • 6 February 1992
  • Mercedes-Benz celebrates a special production jubilee at the Saudi Arabian affiliate National Automotive Industry Company (NAI). The assembly plant in Jeddah hands over to the customer a 1935 S heavy-duty tractor truck built from the two-millionth commercial vehicle parts kit exported by Mercedes-Benz worldwide.
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  • 24 February 1992
  • With the sales start of the new 290 GD cross-country model, the cross-country vehicle sales range undergoes restructuring. The basic model series 460, which has covered the professional use segment since the introduction of the 463 series, is given the new model series designation 461. The 290 GD supplants the 250 GD, and the 230 GE is taken into the 461-series programme.
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  • 5 - 15 March 1992
  • The S-Class coupés from the 140 series celebrate their European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. Moreover, Mercedes-Benz unveils a Flexible Fuel test vehicle based on the 300 SE S-Class saloon (140 series). The car’s engine management is tuned to the demands of a variable petrol-methanol hybrid drive system running on a methanol proportion of up to 85 %.
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  • 9 March 1992
  • Mercedes-Benz presents to the press three limited special compact class models. The 190 E 1.8 AVANTGARDE ROSSO, the 190 E 2.3 AVANTGARDE AZZURRO, and the 190 D 2.5 AVANTGARDE VERDE together complement the existing colour and trime range with the addition of three youthful, state-of-the-art variants.
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  • 16 & 23 March 1992
  • Daimler-Benz increases its holding in the Swiss firm NAW Nutzfahrzeuggesellschaft Arbon & Wetzikon to 100 %. The 45 % share held by AG Adolf Saurer is taken over on 16 March and a week later the 15 % stake held by Oerlikon Bührle Holding AG is also acquired.
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  • March 1992
  • As part of a test and research program into alternative fuels, Mercedes-Benz AG supports a widescale experiment conducted by taxi operators in Freiburg, Germany. Predominantly in the interests of protecting the environment, the taxi drivers run their cars on rapeseed oil methyl ester (RME) instead of diesel over a 12-month period.
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  • 3 April 1992
  • Mercedes-Benz and the debis financial services division present a new commercial vehicle leasing scheme at a press conference in Stuttgart. From May 1992 Mercedes-Benz CharterWay GmbH offers the haulage industry long-term leasing of complete commercial vehicles, from vans to long-distance combinations.
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  • 9 - 17 May 1992
  • The successor generation to the light and medium-duty Unimog series is presented at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in the form of the U 90 (408 series) and U 110 and U 140 (418 series) models. Meanwhile, the EXT-92 Euro Experimental Truck is a design study and innovation vehicle presented by Mercedes-Benz to demonstrate how the long-distance truck of the future might look. Among the new products in the bus and coach segment are the O 100 City based on the MB 100 D and the prototype of the O 340 touring coach produced by Mercedes-Benz Türk. On display from the O 404 touring coach series are the basic variant O 404 RH and the O 404 DD double-decker. Setra presents the S 312 HD touring coach as a new variant in the 300 series and the S 215 NR, Europe’s first low-floor interurban bus.
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  • 25 May 1992
  • Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl and 500 guests of honour are present to witness the official opening of the third Mercedes-Benz passenger car assembly plant at Rastatt. In the first construction stage, painted 124 mid-series bodyshells delivered from the Sindelfingen plant undergo final assembly.
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  • May 1992
  • Mercedes-Benz AG presents the results of its further development of the management organisation, commissioned by the Board of Management. It involves the introduction of profit centres in the plants and at headquarters as well as the reduction of management levels from six to four. Implementation is to begin throughout Mercedes-Benz AG on 1 January 1993.
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  • 6/7 June 1992
  • Steve Parrish in a Mercedes-Benz 1450 S wins both Class C runs on the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet in southern France to score his first win of the season. On the following racing weekends Parrish wins at least one of the two runs.
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  • 9 June 1992
  • The 300 CE-24 Convertible shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1991 is launched on the market in Germany. It adds an open-top four-seater to the mid-range 124 series.
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  • 15 June 1992
  • The two-millionth 124-series passenger car, a silver 200 E, leaves the assembly line in Sindelfingen and is presented to the wife of the German Federal President, Mrs Marianne von Weizsäcker, as a donation to the German Müttergenesungswerk, a charitable organisation for mothers.
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  • 13 July 1992
  • The Mercedes-Benz 600 SL with the 300 kW / 408 hp V12 M 120 engine is presented to the press as the new top-of-the-line model for the 129 series and as the first twelve-cylinder SL.
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  • 23 July 1992
  • Introduced in 1986, the last of 672,383 T 2 series vans built at the Düsseldorf plant is completed, following the gradual relocation of Mercedes-Benz large van production to the Ludwigsfelde plant in Brandenburg.
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  • 25 July - 9 August 1992
  • A fleet of 12 electric minibuses and vans based on the MB 100, some with special bodies for timekeeping and television, see active service at the Barcelona Summer Olympics.
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  • 25 August 1992
  • The last of 25,778 complete buses from the O 303 coach series rolls off the assembly line in Mannheim. In addition, during a production period of 18 years, 11,977 chassis were built to be fitted with bodies by other manufacturers. Added to the 330 chassis manufactured by February 1993, this amounts to a grand total of 38,085 units, making the O 303 the most successful touring coach in the world.
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  • 19/20 September 1992
  • Steve Parrish drives a Mercedes-Benz 1450 S to victory in both Class C runs at Zolder in Belgium to secure the European Championship crown in the penultimate event of the truck racing season. Mercedes-Benz also wins the constructors’ classification.
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  • 30 September 1992
  • The Environmental Protection Agency presents the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the "Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award” at the CFC and Halon Alternatives Conference in Washington, D.C. In so doing, the EPA, the top US environmental authority, pays tribute to the S-Class as the first CFC-free automobile and trailblazer for an automotive future without chlorofluorocarbons.
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  • 1 October 1992
  • With immediate effect, Mercedes-Benz AG offers its employees "annual car leasing" in addition to the opportunity to purchase a Mercedes-Benz car under the company purchase plan. This enables entitled employees to reliably plan the overall cost for one-year use of the vehicle.
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  • 1 October 1992
  • Mercedes-Benz presents the 400 E to the press. It is equipped with a 205 kW / 279 hp 4.2-litre V8 unit from the M 119 engine series and adds a second eight-cylinder model to the 124-series family of mid-sized passenger cars in Germany. At the same time, new four and six-cylinder models equipped with four-valve petrol engines are introduced. The four-cylinder units from the M 111 series come with 2-litre and 2.2-litre displacements, the six-cylinders from the M 104 series have 2.8 litres und 3.2 litres. Airbags and ABS are now fitted as standard on all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.
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  • 2 October 1992
  • A large-scale project supported by the German Ministry of Research and Technology and involving practical testing of the latest-generation electrically-powered vehicles gets underway in Binz on the island of Rügen. Mercedes-Benz supplies 20 vehicles for the tests, of which ten are based on the 190 car model and ten on the MB 100 D van model.
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  • 5 October 1992
  • At the new bus plant operated by Karl Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke GmbH in Neu-Ulm, series production of Setra buses and coaches gets underway after an almost two-year construction phase. The first vehicle to go into production is an S 315 HD touring coach.
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  • 7 October 1992
  • An international jury of automobile journalists bestows the title "The World Car 1992” on the S-Class at the Paris Motor Show. They highlight the S-Class’s significance for the future with regard to environmental compatibility, safety and comfort to justify their choice.
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  • 8 - 18 October 1992
  • The 300 SE 2.8 and 300 SD (140 series) S-Class models make their debuts at the Paris Motor Show as new entry-level models. With the 300 SD, a diesel-engined S-Class is available in the European markets for the first time. The new car models of the 124 series also have their public premiere.
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  • 11 October 1992
  • With a third-place finish in the season finale at the Hockenheimring, Klaus Ludwig wins the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) in an AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evo II. AMG-Mercedes drivers Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider finish second and third respectively in the final rankings, giving Mercedes-Benz the brand title.
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  • 12 October 1992
  • Mercedes-Benz AG and South Korea's SsangYong Motor Company (SYMC) sign another cooperation agreement providing for the production of petrol engines in addition to the already agreed licence manufacture of Mercedes-Benz diesel engines and vans. Daimler-Benz AG takes a 5 % stake in SsangYong.
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  • 28 October 1992
  • The Setra S 315 HDH from the 300 series presented in 1991 is awarded the "Coach of the Year" title by an international jury of trade journalists at the "Autobus RAI" show at Maastricht in the Netherlands.
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