And Now… Maybach Deathwatch?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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Daimler's Man in the Iron Mustache, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, told The Car Connection that Maybach may go the way of the Oldsmobile within the next two years. Zetsche said Maybach would either release an all-new model or go defunct. Dr Z openly admitted that "It's likely we'll not have a [positive] return on investment" for the brand. Luckily, "this does not matter." Last year, Daimler sold a whopping 146 Maybachs; roughly ten percent of the sales estimates bandied-about back when DaimlerChrylser revived the brand in 2002. As Zetsche doesn't expect the recently announced Landaulet to increase sales and Merc's launching AMG as a sub (uber?) brand, the odds are hight that Daimler will decide there's only room for one overpriced S-Class in their lineup and kiss Wilhelm Maybach's goodbye.

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  • Jthorner Jthorner on Mar 17, 2008

    This product was dumb from day 1. The only thing it has going for it is that the modern Rolls is even uglier. What exactly is the point of Mercedes-Benz if the name isn't good enough for the top-of-the-line?

  • Nick Nick on Mar 17, 2008

    Thank God this blot on the landscape will be gone. Stupid idea, worse execution.

  • Akitadog Akitadog on Mar 18, 2008

    That Exelero needs to be Maybach's all-new model. Judging from the proportions, I bet they could make it out of a stretched SLR platform as a 2+2 or 4 seater. It would be a lot cheaper than starting from scratch and less lame/derivative than reskinning the current offerings. It would sell like hotcakes and could be Maybach's "Continental GT" in terms of sales and popularity.

  • Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar on Mar 18, 2008

    Though there's no good reason for reminds me a little of a Monte Carlo.