The German automaker Mercedes-Benz traces its origins to Karl Benz’s creation of the first gasoline-powered car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen in January 1886, and Gottlieb Daimler and engineer Wilhelm Maybach’s conversion of a stagecoach by the addition of a gasoline engine–also in 1886. The Mercedes automobile was first marketed in 1901 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles first appeared in 1926 after the brand’s creation that year. Mercedes is famous for creating the first modern-era automobile as it is known today and for their luxury, high-quality vehicles. Mercs played a distinct role in the expedition to Isla Sorna as Peter Ludlow‘s InGen Harvester team and Dr. John Hammond‘s research team both utilized vehicles that were Mercedes-Benz produced while on Sorna in 1997.
For the film, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Mercedes-Benz entered into an agreement to supply several specially crafted vehicles to be used in the film. This included prototypes for their then unreleased 1997 M-Class sport utility vehicles–supplied specifically to advertise and show off the vehicle, and their Unimog. Mercedes was also granted sole advertising rights on the The Lost World: Jurassic Park VHS release.