Mercedes-Benz logo

Perhaps the most recognized automotive symbol in the world, the tri-star represents Daimler (DMG) engines used on land, sea and air, dating from 1909. The Mercedes pseudonym, used by a Daimler dealer in car races, was later applied to Daimler vehicles. By 1925, when the Benz brand merged its company and its laurel wreath logo with Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz tri-star in a circle was born.

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