The carmaker that gave us such lavish automobiles as the 57, 62, Landaulet, and Exelero has gone to the great cobblestone driveway in the sky: Mercedes-Benz officially declared the Maybach sub-brand dead today.
Daimler has been cohorting with Aston Martin about reviving Maybach for a while now, but it seems as though the automaker is getting ready to talk regarding a final decision on the ultra-luxury brand’s future.
You might think that linking the words "sporty" and "Maybach" creates the ultimate automotive oxymoron, but a sporty Maybach is exactly what American buyers--who account for 50 percent of the car's world market--want, the automaker says.
Mercedes-Benz released an even more powerful version of its Maybach 57 at Geneva in an effort to jump-start sluggish sales of its ultraluxury brand. The 57S (the S stands for Special) has an AMG-tuned, 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine that churns out 612 hp, which is 45 hp more than the "normal" 57
Paris saw the premiere of the short-wheelbase Maybach 57; its longer sister (the Maybach 62) made its own debut early this July in New York. Although the cars are virtually identical on the inside, Maybach treats them as separate vehicle linesand both mo