Mercedes-Benz is part of German manufacturer Daimler AG, and the brand is used for luxury automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. The name first appeared in 1926 under Daimler-Benz but traces its origins to Daimler's 1901 Mercedes and to Karl Benz's 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, widely regarded as the first automobile.

The new Bugatti Chiron on display at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva. Photo: EPA

What drivers can look forward to at this year’s New York auto show

At the Geneva International Motor Show this month, big luxury had its day. Maserati showed its US$72,000 Levante SUV; Bentley debuted a stretch-limo version of its US$304,000 Mulsanne; Rolls-Royce gave us a blacked-out version of its US$296,000 Ghost.