Maybach Cars in India
Maybach is one of the premier automotive brands, which is synonymous with technical preciseness, luxury and comfort. Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler were the founders of the company that is presently counted among the leading companies in the high-end luxury car segment. The German luxury car manufacturer, better known for advanced automotive technology and craftsmanship, is owned by Daimler AG, based in Stuttgart.
Over the years, Maybach has redefined the industry benchmarks in the luxury car segment. An illustration of perfection, each Maybach car is designed and engineered with utmost precision at the Maybach Manufaktur, the production facility at Sindelfingen in Germany. To comply with expectations of aficionado and obtain desired finish, a Maybach car passes through 21 build units over week’s time. A final touch is given to the car at the end, with the help of trimming elements and polishing.
Each Maybach is a masterpiece, having a distinguishable and appealing identity. Some other characteristics of Maybach Company cars comprise of highest degree of comfort and convenience, along with powerful performance. In association with other leading brands like Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses, Daimler AG have worldwide operations.
Maybach Company was founded as Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH (Aircraft Engine Building Company) in the year 1909. Wilhelm Maybach, a former technical director of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) incorporated the venture for manufacturing aircraft engines. Karl Maybach, son of Wilhelm Maybach, was director of this venture.
In 1912, the incorporation was renamed as Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH (Maybach Engine Construction Company), which manufactured diesel and petrol engines for Zeppelins and thereafter, rail cars engines. The inaugural car from the manufacturer was an experimental car in 1919. First model of the car rolled out two years later, which was also showcased at the Berlin Motor Show. There were several luxurious car models launched by the company between 1921 and 1940. Maybach Company continued building heavy duty diesel engine for marine and rail purposes.
Production was halted during WW II, which was resumed 20 years later, when Daimler-Benz acquired the company in 1960. Mercedes-Benz introduced Mercedes-Benz Maybach (V12, 5987 cc, and 550 hp) at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997. Thereafter, Mercedes-Benz has been engaged in producing and marketing ultra-luxury cars in the name of Maybach. Maybach Company cars contend with the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley in the top-end automotive segment. Maybach 57, Maybach 57S, Maybach 62 and Maybach 62S are the popular models of the Maybach Company.
Wilhelm Maybach laid the foundation of one of the most popular high-end luxury cars across the world. A German engine designer and industrialist by profession, he along with Gottlieb Daimler manufactured light, high-speed internal combustion engines suitable for land, water and air use, during the late 19th century.
Wilhelm Maybach, in association with Gottlieb Daimler, developed a motorcycle and thereafter, a motorboat. He resigned from the post of technical director of the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, also known as DMG, in 1907. After that, Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH was founded by him in 1909, along with his son Karl. Initially engaged in the production of Zeppelin engines, the venture later began producing large luxury vehicles, which were marketed under the brand name 'Maybach'.
Maybach in India
Maybach is perceived as a newly launched ultra-luxury car brand; the companywas first introduced in India in 2004. Launched by Mercedes-Benz, Maybach Company in India did not experience success due to traditionally guided market and thereby, had to withdraw prematurely.
Maybach was re-introduced in the Indian automotive market by Mercedes-Benz in 2011, capturing attention of car enthusiasts as well as industry experts. Two models, namely Maybach 57 S and Maybach 62, are available in India that compete with the other well-established names like Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Current Maybach price ranges between Rs. 51 million and Rs. 55 million.
Manufacturing Facilities of Maybach
The opulent Maybach Company cars are manufactured by Daimler Chrysler at the state-of-the-art production facility. Thereafter, elegantly crafted sedans are shipped to various parts of the world. Exclusive styling and cutting-edge technology for Maybach is provided by its sister concern, Mercedes-Benz.
here is a separate manufacturing facility for Maybach, which is spread over an area of 21,000 square metres. This production facility of Maybach Company is a part of the Daimler Chrysler's Sindelfingen plant, which is the world's foremost location for premium-class automobile manufacturing.
The high-end luxury sedans are manufactured exclusively in accordance with customer's specific requirements. The aspect of production involves several phases, such as interior designing, paintwork and finishing. Varied exquisite leather, such as grand nappa, nappa and nubuk, are used for decoration of interiors. Moreover, woodwork, aluminium inserts and Type 12 engine are assembled by hand with precision by highly skilled and experienced professionals.
Current Car Models of Maybach
Maybach Company in India has launched two models, namely Maybach 62 and Maybach 57. Maybach 57 S and Maybach 62 S can also be availed by luxury car enthusiasts in India.
Maybach 62 is one of the most expensive car models in the world, which has been a benchmark for luxury car segment of automobile industry worldwide. Elegant construction combined with advanced performance has made this model most desired possession of owners. Powered by AMG sourced bi-turbo V12 engine, it delivers exceptional on-road performance. It has a ground clearance of 15 mm that lowers centre of gravity and adds to the grace of automobile. Maybach 62 has thick front and rear stabilizers for reduction of body roll. Some other noteworthy highlights of this model are AIRMATIC DC suspension for swift handling, aggressive wheel-and-tire package, re-programmed ESP, ASR stability and traction control systems.
Maybach 57 is synonymous to luxury and creativity. The high-end luxury sedan measures 5.73 metres in length and has a capacity to carry five passengers comfortably. One of the most luxurious cars in the world, Maybach 57 outclasses its counterparts in terms of style and performance. It is available in gracious paintwork, in Nayarite Silver, Himalayas Dark Grey and two-tone finish. Finest material and superior accessories are used to design aesthetically appealing interiors. Contrasting wood, Amboyna along with opulent leather adds to the beauty of interiors. Front and rear seating arrangement is precisely fabricated, keeping in mind the comfort of the travellers. These seats are electronically adjusted on parameters such as fore/aft, height, seatback, cushion angle, cushion length and head restraint height.
Discontinued Cars of Maybach
There are no discontinued cars of Maybach Company in India as of now.
Upcoming Cars of Maybach
On the theme of classic Landaulets, the Maybach Landaulet is all set for introduction in India. The upcoming model will have a soft top for the passenger’s compartment and styling cue in contrasting white-black colour scheme. Roof of this model remains open fully at the rear, while the chauffeur’s compartment remains enclosed. In this manner, passengers will be able to enjoy open-air and feel the breeze, while seating in the luxurious seats, upholstered in white leather.
It is equipped with a power-packed V12 engine, developed by Mercedes AMG. Owing to the twin turbochargers and water inter-cooling, 5980cc V12 ensures efficient performance. It generates power output of 612 hp and maximum torque of 1000 Nm at 4000 rpm. Other noteworthy attributes of this model are electronically controlled air suspension AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control), Adaptive Damping System (ADS II) and electro-hydraulic Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC).
Maybach Guard is another upcoming model of the luxury sedan manufacturer, Maybach. The premium sedan is characterised by luxury, performance and personalised comfort. To ensure passenger protection and comfort, Maybach Guard has special arrangements. There have been significant refinements made to the Maybach 62 model to enhance its aesthetic appeal. Furthermore, it is assimilated with efficient electronic control systems, such as ESP, ABS, ASR Brake Assist BAS and AIRMATIC DC. On the parameters of acceleration, Maybach Guard has bettered its predecessors, notching 100 kmph within 5.7 seconds. Besides, it has maximum speed limit of 250 kmph, highest by any armoured car.
Sales and service network of Maybach
Daimler Chrysler, parent company of Maybach, has been in the Indian automobile market for over 17 years now. The car manufacturer entered the Indian market with the luxury cars of Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz in India has a widespread network for sales and service of Maybach Company cars. Importantly, the Maybach Company car can only be availed on order.
T&T Motors Limited is a noteworthy dealer in New Delhi. Auto Hangar (India) Private Limited, Metro Motors Auto Hangar Division and Shaman Wheels Private Limited are some of the notable dealers in Mumbai. Sundaram Motors in Bangalore is an eminent dealer of Maybach Company cars.
Sales Performance of Maybach
Maybach is one of the desirable cars for millionaires across the world. The luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz re-introduced Maybach Company in India in February 2011. Earlier, owing to poor sales performance in its previous stint in the market, Maybach had to withdraw from the Indian market prematurely. The German automobile manufacturer believes the Indian luxury car market to be on an upside trend for next 20 years. The luxury sedan has not set sales target as of now, but is anticipating to match neighbouring country China, where manufacturers sell 20 to 30 units each year.
As per Maybach Company information, the company is experiencing a down trend in sales. On its re-launch in the year 2002, close to 600 units of Maybach were sold worldwide. Maybach experienced a drop of 50% sales in that figure for the year 2008, selling total of 300 units worldwide.
Used Car Market of Maybach
High performing luxury sedans by Maybach feature in the list of most desirable car brands across the globe. Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 are the models available in India at present. Sporty suspension design and stylish look, combined with touring comfort and excellent performance, have made the Maybach cars highly desirable. Owing to these characteristics, Maybach Company cars are rated high in the used car market as well.
Future Plans of Maybach
As per Maybach Company information, Mercedes is coming up with a new sponsorship program, which is targeted at elite segment who can afford luxuries like Maybach and McLaren SLR. These top-end brands of the automotive world are promoted by the legendary golfer, Nick Faldo. Maybach is working on varied concepts for its upcoming cars. This association with the golfer is aimed at reviving the image of Maybach Company as a sporty brand.
Maybach Zeppelin, more of a super luxury limousine, was showcased at the international motor show in Geneva in 2009. Armed with various safety and comfort arrangements, this car from Maybach is more expensive than Maybach 57 S and Maybach 62 S.
Maybach is counted among the most expensive car brands across the world, which sells close to 100 units every year as per information revealed by the Maybach Company profile.
A concept car from Maybach, the Maybach Exelero is world's most expensive car. Its price is equivalent to that of 4 Bugatti Veyrons or around 8 Ferrari Enzos. Priced at US$ 8,000,000 per unit, the Maybach Exelero has remained the most expensive car in the world for the past six years.
Maybach began its operations by manufacturing aircraft engines. In 1920s and 1930s, Maybach Company began manufacturing luxury cars. However, the production of elite cars was suspended during WWII.
After revival in 2002 by Daimler Chrysler, Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 were the first automobile models by the company. These models had resemblance with the Mercedes-Benz Maybach concept car that was showcased at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show.
In 2002, Daimler Chrysler set on a mission to gain complete market share in the elite car segment. Its ask price to buy Rolls-Royce and Bentley was outbid by BMW and Volkswagen respectively. The failed attempt resulted in lack of its supremacy in this segment.
There is a museum for historical Maybach automobile in Neumarkt in Oberpfalz, which is the only exhibition in the world that showcases history and products of Wilhelm and Karl Maybach. A separate section is dedicated to the association of designers, Gottlieb Daimler and Graf Zeppelin. Maybach Motorenbau GmbH museum is spread over an exhibition area of 2500 square metres that illustrate history of engines, transmissions and classic models. Several memorabilia, which include handbooks and ashtrays to story illustrations and testimonies of prominent owners, are also showcased in this museum.
The Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation was established by Ulrich Schmid Maybach, the great-grandson of Wilhelm Maybach. This foundation identifies and nurtures young entrepreneurs and helps them in their careers.
The International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) to be hosted in Frankfurt, Germany will showcase several classic as well as concept cars of Maybach this year. The automobile exhibition will also mark 125th anniversary of the invention of automobile.
Discontinued Maybach Models
News for Maybach
28 November, 2011, 11:41 IST by Vikas Yogi
The recent unconfirmed media reports claim that Germany based leading car maker Mercedes Benz will be discontinuing its popular Maybach variants – Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 – from the...