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AMG - Aufrecht Melcher Grossaspach
AMG is short for Aufrecht Melcher Grossaspach, and is the tuning arm of Mercedes-Benz. The company was founded in 1967 by former Mercedes engineer Hans-Werner Aufrecht and his business partner Erhard Melcher in a small German town named Grossaspach. The name originated from each of the two partner's family names and the town in which they started the business.
Currently no longer located in Grossaspach, but in Affalterbach - AMG started off by designing and testing Mercedes-Benz racing engines and after a few years expanded their business into building bespoke road cars, also based upon the tri-star vehicles.
Until the mid '80's there were no official tie-ups between the two companies, but then AMG started to supply the Stuttgart brand with aftermarket alloy wheels and various styling products. Mercedes-Benz took a majority stake in AMG in 1999 and a full ownership in 2005, and has now transformed AMG into its in-house tuner.