2002 Paris Auto Show – Maybach 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 lines—and both models are expected to carry the brand, according to Mercedes’ American chief, Paul Halata. If wheelbase equals comfort, then the 57 is the second most luxurious vehicle in the world, featuring twenty-one speakers, rear seats that recline like international business class airline seats, and thousands of potential design permutations depending on each individual custom job. —Global Auto Net