Say Bye To Maybach, Hello To Pullman

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
say bye to maybach hello to pullman

Just as Mercedes prepares to do away with one historic nameplate, it appears to be reviving another. The flagship of the next-generation S-Class range will wear the Pullman badge.

Pullman historically denoted long-wheelbase cars, most notably the famous “Grosser” 600 sedans. Mercedes head Dieter Zetsche told Autocar that the Pullman would supercede the regular long-wheelbase model in the new lineup

“We will continue in the market segment above €200,000 [£170,000],” said Zetsche. “It is important that Mercedes-Benz is represented. We have tradition at this level. We see a chance to extend our leadership at the top end of the luxury car market. We plan to extend the number of models, and a Pullman is included in those plans.”

Among the ways to differentiate the Pullman (aside from the extra-long wheelbase) will be a distinctive grille. The 600s of yesteryear had a Mercedes star emblem some 20 percent larger than other models. This should be a fair bit less subtle.

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