The name Maybach stands for one of the finest and most exclusive automobiles in the world. Aesthetic appeal, perfection and elegance – these are the high demands which Maybach makes both of the exterior and interior design of its high-end luxury cars.
The company was originally founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach with his son Karl Maybach acting as director and was known as “Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH” based in Bissingen on the Enz.
In 1912 the company moved to Friedrichshafen and changed its name to Maybach Motorenbau GmbH Friedrichshafen. Today, the marque Maybach Manufaktur is owned by Daimler AG and is based in Stuttgart.
More than 100 years ago, Wilhelm Maybach built a car that pointed the way towards the modern era. His Opus No.1 went down in history as the first Mercedes, and he is still remembered as the “king of the design engineers”. His son, Karl Maybach, followed his father’s directions, creating further masterpieces between the 1920’s through to the 1940’s.
Having set many standards in terms of size, technology and performance by the end of the twenties, Maybach followed this up in the thirties with a surprise move: the introduction of a small model, known by the abbreviation SW, which stood for swing axle.These cars were notable for their six-cylinder in-line engines with 3.5, 3.8 or 4.2-litre displacement and were all lovingly handcrafted.
Maybach resumed this tradition in 2002. Maybach first presented the 57 and 62 models. In 2005 Maybach added the 57 S, a high-performance luxury sedan with sporty suspension design, to its model family. Since 2006 the new 62 S as fourth Maybach variant combines superb touring comfort with superior performance.
The Landaulet also is a member of the Maybach family since 2008.
In 2009 the brand crowned its range of luxury sedans with the new Maybach Zeppelin. It represents the pinnacle of the high-end luxury car segment and is the most powerful Maybach of all times. The car is a worthy successor to the legendary Maybach Zeppelin, which was considered the world leader in superior-standard car manufacturing in the 1930s.
Made-to-measure individualization is the luxury brand’s recipe for success, offering customers unique opportunities to equip their top-class cars. The Sindelfingen Manufaktur realizes a host of special requests, emphasizing for one thing the use of materials and techniques which afford a sensuous look and feel – which is why the Maybach specialists come up again and again with fine new materials and paint finishes which often have been specially developed for Maybach and are not offered by any other carmaker in the world. With a passion for the exceptional, a well-developed feel for the perceptive faculty of the human senses, and in continuous dialogue with customers, the Maybach Manufaktur constantly enlarges its range of optional and customer-desired equipment to satisfy the requirements and wishes of the most exclusive group of car buyers.
In 2012, parent Daimler AG announced the official discontinuation of Maybach due to poor sales results and will focus on developing vehicles under its Mercedes flagship marque.
Daimler AG is a German multinational automotive corporation. Daimler produces cars and trucks under the brands of Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Smart, Fuso, Freighliner, Western Star trucks, BharatBenz, Thomas Built buses, Detroit, Setra and Daimler truck .