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Mercedes-Benz traces its origins to Karl Benz's creation of the first petrol-powered car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, financed by Bertha Benz and patented in January 1886 and Gottlieb Daimler and engineer Wilhelm Maybach's conversion of a stagecoach by the addition of a petrol engine later that year. The Mercedes automobile was first marketed in 1901 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. (Daimler Motors Corporation). The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz's and Gottlieb Daimler's companies into the Daimler-Benz company. Throughout the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz produced the 770 model with bulletproof windshields. The first new development of the post-war period to come out on the market was the Mercedes-Benz L 3250 in 1949, which was built in Mannheim. Throughout the 1950s Daimler-Benz almost held a monopoly as manufacturer of diesel engines. New cars and successes in motorsport events, such as the Carrera Panamericana Mexico and Grand Prix racing, made Mercedes-Benz the best-known German brand. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, unveiled as a racing-car prototype in 1952. The launch of the “tailfin Mercedes” in 1959 represented a milestone in the field of automotive safety. In the ’70s introduced the W107 350SL, the 450SEL 6.9, the 500SEL and Mercedes' first turbo diesel, the 300SD. In the ’90s arrived the 600SEL, the C-Class, the C43 AMG, the SL73 AMG and the 7.3 V12. Since 2002, Mercedes-Benz has developed the F-Cell fuel cell vehicle. Mercedes-Benz has developed multi concept cars with alternative propulsion, such as hybrid-electric, fully electric, and fuel-cell powertrains. At the 2007 Frankfurt motor show, Mercedes-Benz showed seven hybrid models, including the F700 concept car, powered by a hybrid-electric drivetrain featuring the DiesOtto engine. In 2007 several models arrived BlueTec E320, GL320 Bluetec, ML320 Bluetec, R320 Bluetec. In 2009, Mercedes-Benz displayed three BlueZERO concepts at the North American International Auto Show. Mercedes also showed the Vision S500 PHEV concept with a 19 miles (31 km) all-electric range and CO2 emissions of 74 grams/km in the New European Driving Cycle. In 2008 received the Platinum Plant Quality Award for its Mercedes’ Sindelfingen, Germany assembly plant. The Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID was launched in 2009, and is the first production automotive hybrid in the world to use a lithium-ion battery. In 2016 introduced the AMG GT. Mercedes-Benz won three times at the „World Car Awards” and in 2016 got the „Red Dot Award”.