A CAR expert has unveiled the original meanings behind many seemingly complex codes and phrases that exterior vehicle badges can display.
The auto enthusiast showed off his newfound knowledge in a TikTok, where he chose to focus on the historic Mercedes-Benz franchise.
This video clip from The Jerry App (@thejerryapp) begins with the narrator stating that he had to look up several pronunciations for these badge phrases, given their German origin.
The first badge covered is Mercedes-Benz’s C lettering, which means coupé. A Coupé is a two-door car.
But today, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class also comes in a four-door configuration.
The following badge mentioned is Mercedes-Benz’s D, which means diesel.
Drivers first saw the diesel engine in the Mercedes-Benz’s 1936 260 D passenger car, according to MotorTrend.
This TikTok’s narrator highlights Mercedes-Benz’s E badge as Einspritzung, representing fuel-injected engines.
Fuel-injected engines provide better power, fuel economy, and lower emissions than their carburetor counterpart.
The motors buff notes that Mercedes-Benz had originally classified its off-road vehicles with G, translating to Geländewagen.
Today, the German automaker groups all its SUVs under the G-Class badge.
If you want to verify whether a Mercedes-Benz has a supercharged engine, this TikToker says a Kompressor badge will give you your answer.
Supercharged engines have higher energy output since they contain a compressor that increases the pressure delivery of a motor’s air.
If you ever see the letter L on a Mercedes-Benz, this gear head says the badge means Leicht for sporting cars, or Lang, which designated long wheelbase sedans.
The Rennen badge encapsulates the racing side of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
This TikTok’s narrator ends by explaining that S means Sonderklasse, meaning special class or flagship vehicles, and T was for touring.
Touring cars have station wagon-style bodies.
Viewers took to this video’s comment section to share their feelings on the narrator’s lessons.
One TikTok user commented: “Hey, greetings from Germany. Appreciate your effort; you did great!”
Another TikTok account wrote: “As a German: I am proud of you.
There might be some minor mistakes, but for a foreign speaker, A +++.”