A legendary name in luxury cars makes its successful return.
BMW owns the Rolls-Royce name, and Volkswagen has the Bentley name. Evidently, DaimlerBenz (or more properly, DaimlerChrysler) was unwilling to sit idly by as its competitors invested in brand names dripping in history and prestige, and then had their pick of an elite class of buyers. Thus, the German conglomerate has resurrected the Maybach name. Originally, this was one of the first automotive engineers, the chief designer in fact, of the first car that bore a Mercedes badge in 1901. Later, it referred to a line of custom-built luxury cars on sale during the 1920s and 1930s. Today, Maybach emerges from historical oblivion (as far as most Americans know) to become a luxury automobile division that resides far above Mercedes-Benz in price and prestige.
Two different versions of the Maybach are offered - the 57 and the 62 Ð with each of the number designations referring to the car's length in meters. All of the 62's extra length goes to rear-seat room, allowing two occupants to recline fully in their seats Ð accordingly, the larger Maybach is intended for those who will be driven around by a chauffeur. The designers strove to create an exterior look that was both elegant and timeless (since this is a car apt to stay in the family for several years).
Thanks to many factors, including size and packaging constraints, the overall look comes across as a tad chunky. Inside, opulence takes center stage. Every surface is high-grade leather, wood, chrome or some other soft-touch material. The instrumentation and controls will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in a Mercedes. The climate, stereo and navigation controls, unfortunately, are no easier to use than those in Mercedes vehicles. Comfy as it is to sit up front, the best place to sit in a Maybach is the backseat. It's a twin-bucket arrangement with a console in-between that houses a DVD player, a separate CD changer for use in the back (two pairs of high-quality wireless headphones are included) and a refrigerated compartment to keep cold refreshments at the ready.
Each rear seat offers a wide range of adjustments. A soft nubuck-upholstered (and feather stuffed) pillow is attached to the front of each head restraint, and leaning back upon it is sure to relax even the most uptight passenger.
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