Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Mercedes-Benz Will Revive Maybach Luxury Nameplate with High-End S-Class
Realizing the automobile was originally created as a toy for the rich, it took a short time until some of the financially well-off individuals grew tired of driving themselves. For those wanting to be chauffeured, a pocket of super-luxury car companies emerged. Through the 1930s, American high society had Duesenberg, tea-drinking aristocrats in the United Kingdom had Rolls-Royce and the well-connected in Germany had Maybach. After a brief recent hiatus from the ultra-luxury segment, Mercedes-Benz will give rear-seat riders the self-reward of an exclusive sedan wearing the Maybach name.
Similar to the way Mercedes-AMG functions as a high-performance brand, peak-luxury wearing Germany's famous three-pointed star will be addressed as a Mercedes-Maybach. Operating as a sub-brand, the Mercedes-Maybach name is being used to accentuate existing Mercedes-Benz products. Inaugurating the Mercedes-Maybach branding will be a highly-exclusive version of the S-Class sedan. Teasing with the release of a few images ahead of a full public unveiling later this month, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is said to embody "... a new benchmark for exclusivity and meets even the most discerning of requirements in terms of appointments.", according to Mercedes-Benz. Personalization with a high-quality materials is also set to be a trait for the Mercedes-Maybach vehicle. Lacking specific details at this time on available equipment on the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, a photograph of the premium four-door sedan's rear seating area exhibits spaciousness in a highly-comfortable environment.
Having just revealed the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand, it would be unclear if or how Mercedes-Benz could use this super-luxury moniker in the future. While a high-end coupe, convertible or even a crossover utility model may eventually join the S-Class sedan, it seems unlikely that luxury sub-brand will flourish as far as the Mercedes-AMG name. Catering to high-end customers, we probably should not be holding our breath for a B-Class.
A company originally created to build engines for airships and other heavy vehicle applications, Maybach's contribution to the luxury car market remained best recognized. Owning Maybach since 1960, Daimler AG (known as Daimler-Chrysler at the time) decided to reintroduce the world to the German luxury car nameplate in the 21st century as a super-luxury four-wheeled cruiser. Creating a brand firmly devoted to the elite willing to pay deep into the six-figure range for ultimate extravagance on the road, Maybach's 57 and 62 models were unapologetically hulking examples of super-luxury cars. Directly campaigning against Rolls-Royce as the pinnacle of fine motoring, Maybach succeeded in emphasizing its elegance but was far less effective on the sales chart than its parent company would have thought. The Maybach 57 and 62 sedans concluded production in 2013 with Daimler AG shuttering the brand.
The world premiere of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is set for sometime the end of November.
Information and photo source: Daimler AG