Maybach is a German car manufacturer that today exists as a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz. The Maybach company was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son, originally as a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, and was known as Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH until 1999. In 1960, Maybach was purchased by Daimler-Benz.
The name returned as an independent luxury car brand in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, sharing significant components with Mercedes-Benz cars. After a slow sale, Maybach ceased to be an independent brand by 2013 and became a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, owned by Daimler AG. As of 2018, Daimler is producing an ultra-luxury edition of Mercedes-Benz-Class under the name Mercedes-Maybach.
During World War II, Maybach produced the engines for most tanks and half-tracks of Nazi Germany. These included nearly all production tank engines through Panzer I, II, III, IV and V, the Tiger I and II (Maybach HL230), and other heavy tanks: and also engines for half-tracks like the Sd. .Kfz. 251 personnel carriers and prime mover such as the Sd.Kfz.
The machine factory was one of several industries targeted at Friedrichshafen. With poor sales expectations and the heavy impact of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, Daimler AG undertook a complete review of the Maybach division, approaching Aston Martin to engineer and style the next generation of Maybach models along with the next generation of Lagondas.
Daimler announced the revival of the Maybach as a Mercedes-Benz S (W222) Class sub-brand, positioned as an upscale version similar to the more sporty Mercedes AMG sub-brand. In anticipation of its April 2015 launch, the flagship Mercedes-Maybach S600 was unveiled at car shows in Los Angeles, United States, and Guangzhou, China, and the production model at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. During the makeover, it was redesignated the S 500 and S 550 were S 560 and the flagship was renamed S 650.
Maybach Concept Car
The first Mercedes-Maybach concept car is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a large 2-door courtyard with a full electric boulevard. The model was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016.
The Maybach 57 from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/hr) in about 5.1 seconds; the Maybach 62 and 57 S, about 4.8 seconds; the Maybach 62 S and the Landaulet in 4.5 seconds. This acceleration is notable for cars weighing well over 6,000 pounds (2.7 tonnes). Maybachs in general are extremely powerful: the 57 has 518 bhp (386 kW; 525 PS); the 57 S, 559 bhp (417 kW; 567 PS); y 62, 570 bhp (425 kW; 578 PS); the 62 S, 612 bhp (456 kW; 620 PS), and the Landaulet, 633 bhp (472 kW; 642 PS).
Maybach 62/S Features
Options for the Maybach 62 and 62S included 18-way power rear seats (replaces 14-way), power and rear side sunshade curtains, cooled back seats, wireless headphones, electrochromic panoramic sunroof with panel solar for off-vehicle ventilation (replacing two options of power sunroof) and a power-driven internal split, electrochromic glass divider.