The basic structure was taken from the belt-driven “Phoenix” automobile with two-cylinder in-line engine, which had an output of between 2 and 10 hp depending on the model.
In order to make the concept of a motorized vehicle accessible to a wider public, Benz invented the bus.
The first vehicle was delivered to the “Netphener Omnibus-Gesellschaft mb H” bus company in the Siegerland region of Germany, today part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
This idea was as simple as it was ingenious: because sales of his automobiles were initially slow, it was quite soon after the invention of the automobile that Carl Benz started looking for further uses for the new technology.
DMG had caused an international sensation in 1896 with the introduction of the world’s first commercial vehicle, following a five-year development period.
This vehicle provided the technical basis for the first Daimler bus models.
The world’s first motorized bus went into service on 18 March 1895.
All the experience that Carl Benz had made with his automobiles was put to good use in developing his bus.