1871: Carl Benz founds the "Mechanical Engineering Workshop" on square T6 in Mannheim.
1883: Benz founds "Benz & Cie. Rheinische Gasmotoren-Fabrik Mannheim" (Benz & Cie. Gas Engine Factory Mannheim" as a general partnership together with the merchant Max Kaspar Rose and the commercial agent Friedrich Wilhelm Eßlinger.
1886: On January 26, Carl Benz is granted a patent DRP No. 3745 for his Benz Patent Motor Car ("three-wheeler"). This patent is considered as the "birth certificate" of the automobile.
1888: Together with her sons Eugen and Richard, Bertha Benz ventures on the first long-distance journey in automobile history, which takes them from Mannheim to Pforzheim.
1895: The first motor-powered coach in the world, built at Benz & Co. in Mannheim, commences regular service.
1900: With a production of 603 automobiles, the Mannheim Plant is the largest automobile company in the world at the time.
1906: Land purchase on the Luzenberg in Mannheim-Waldhof.
1908: The new automobile production of Benz & Cie. is moved to the new factory building in Mannheim-Waldhof.
1923: The Board of Management of Benz & Cie. decides to begin series production of the pre-combustion chamber diesel engine Type OB. The OB type is the first serially produced diesel engine for commercial vehicles.
1926: The Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie. merge to become Daimler-Benz AG.
1949: Production of the medium in-line engines model series 300 begins at the Mannheim Plant.
1955: The Mannheim Plant has developed into the largest bus plant in Europe.
1965: Relocation of truck production to Plant Wörth; The new foundry starts operation.
1972: Production start of the heavy-duty engine model series 400.
1988: Production start of engines from the light-duty model series 600.
1994: Opening of competence center for emission-free mobility (CEM).
1995: EvoBus GmbH is founded as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler-Benz AG.
1996: The medium-duty engine model series 900 with its main series OM 904 LA and the heavy-duty model series 500 replace their predecessor model series.
1997: Premiere of the innovative municipal bus Citaro
1998: Daimler-Benz and Chrysler merges to become DaimlerChrysler AG.
2004: Production start of Euro IV/V engines; Production start of model series 900 EPA 04 (exhaust standard) for NAFTA; discontinuation of model series 400 engines
2005: Start-up of model series 900 EPA 07 (exhaust standard) engines
2007: Separation from Chrysler
2008: The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant celebrates its 100-year anniversary.
2009: Operational start of new assembly and logistics hall for engines
2010: The Mercedes-Benz Mannheim Plant becomes Daimler's new European hub for remanufacturing of engines for passenger cars and trucks (REMAN). The new assembly line for future engine families is released; production start of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 LGT with LPG propulsion; delivery of the first Atego BlueTec Hybrid, which becomes "Truck of the Year 2011".
2011: The OM 471, the first in the new generation of heavy-duty engines, is gaining in popularity. The new series is considered the new benchmark for fuel consumption, robustness and durability, and the first engine to meet Euro VI emission standards It meets the requirements for heavy trucks in long-distance and distribution traffic and triaxial long distance coaches. January 26: 125th Anniversary of the Automobile: "Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation"
2012: Spring sees the introduction of the OM 470 engine in the heavy-duty engine series with a displacement of 10.7 liters. The engine is used in the new Antos and Actros as well as in Mercedes-Benz buses and the Setra.
2013: Production start of the 6-cylinder OM 473 engine. The 15.6 l engine completes the Euro VI engine program of heavy-duty engine series; production start of the in-line four- and six-cylinder engine OM 934/936 of the medium-duty engine series; 125 Years "Bertha-Benz Drive"