Headquartered in Germany, the German luxury car manufacturer was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son. More than 100 years ago, Wilhelm Maybach built a car that heralded 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'. The name is associated with the most beautiful and distinguished vehicles ever to grace the road. However, the forties saw the end of the classic Maybach's era, and even though the production of these legendary vehicles had ended, they remained alive in the hearts and minds of their engineers, designers and automotive enthusiasts. Maybach cars then made a comeback in the 21st century. Like its esteemed predecessors, the new Maybach cars also set new standards with their technology, design and individuality. However, today, this ultra-luxury car brand is owned by Daimler AG.
And it is at the Center of Excellence in Sindelfingen, Germany where each Maybach car is produced in accordance with customers' individual requirements. The Center of Excellence combines personal advice and state-of-the-art technologies that convey the visual and haptic impressions of these exclusive Maybach cars. Customers get to choose from a unique range of exquisite materials, colours and innovative technical details. They can even see the effect of a certain paint finish simulated under a range of lighting conditions. Following a detailed advice session between the customer and exclusive consultants, high-quality one-offs take shape from the 2 million-plus possible variations, with each Maybach car bearing the hallmark of its owner's personal style.
In November 2011, Daimler announced that Maybach will cease to be a brand by 2013. This announcement is due to the poor sales figures of Maybach cars. Only sold 3,000 Maybach cars were sold since the brand's revival in 2002. The decision follows almost a decade of attempts to make Maybach a profitable rival to Rolls Royce and Bentley. It is reported that Maybach will be replaced by new and more luxurious models from the Mercedes-Benz brand, which is also made by Daimler.
Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach with his son Karl Maybach as director. The company was originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin/GmbH and was itself known as
The company first built an experimental car in 1919, with the first car with the first production model introduced two years later at the Berlin Motor Show. Between 1921 and 1940, the company produced various classic opulent vehicles. The company also continued to build heavy duty diesel engines for marine and rail purposes.