Readers of a nervous disposition should probably do themselves a favour and not focus too hard on this picture of the forthcoming Maybach, due for release in 2014. See what I mean? – I did warn you!
Since Mercedes revived the Maybach brand and released the imaginatively titled 57 and 62 in 2002, they have been terrifying young and old in wealthy neighbourhoods across the globe and this one looks certain to follow in that tradition, a sort of son of Frankenstein if you will.
According to one Mercedes spokesman, they are keen to use the Maybach ‘as a technological showcase’ for the rest of their line up, a move which seems very sensible; after all, if you can’t use a £500k Limousine as a showcase, what can you use? From customer feedback, they have also determined that keeping the traditional three box design is essential, especially for existing Maybach owners whom they hope to tempt out of their now ageing models.
I’m fairly sure however that when carrying out their customer feedback, they will have received very few, if any forms stipulating that the new model must be, without question, the most hideous looking car to have ever made it into production.
It’s not just me is it? I appreciate that Maybach’s most obvious competition – the Rolls-Royce range are ostentatious, perhaps even vulgar but they are at least distinctive, you at least want to look at them even if you ultimately decide you wouldn’t want to own one. This new Maybach pulls off the wondrous feat of being ludicrously expensive and yet appearing to have been designed on a shoe string.
I find this car strangely reminiscent of the pictures we regularly receive from China. You know the ones – where you sort of recognise the car in point but then realise that it’s actually just a rip off of a premium European brand e.g. the stunningly awful Geely GE seen below.
Sources close to Aston Martin are reporting that they could be involved in the manufacture of this new Maybach. Just a shame that Aston weren’t given the reins when the designs for the exterior were being drawn up!
By Ben Harrington
- Still a Future for Maybach? (motortrend.com)
- Wheels Blog: At Last, the Maybach Is Priceless (wheels.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Mercedes-Benz maps ways to retain Maybach customers (content.usatoday.com)
- Report: Maybach officially discontinues all models for 2013 (autoblog.com)
Seán Ward says
My name is Seán Ward and I am a fellow motoring enthusiast, and will be training as a journalist over the next few years.
I have founded a motoring website, after having resonable sucess with my blog (www.motoringpress.wordpress.com).
The new website is http://www.newmotoring.com, currently not up and running, but it will be within the next month.
If you would be willing to contribute (ie. write columns, manufacturer profiles, news articles) I would be happy to hear from you.
Unfortunately they would not be paid contribuions because, as i’m sure you can imagin, a brand new website doesn’t make much money. Well, none really. But if you are interested let me know.
Thanks for your email, great to hear about your new website, really looking forward to seeing it on the go.
I’d be more than happy to contribute towards the site, just let me know what kind of thing you’d like and when you’re up and running and we’ll go from there.
Looking forward to working together.
Kind regards, Ben Harrington
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Seán Ward says
Excellent news Ben!
I’m glad you’re on board.
If you have an email I would appreciate it as communicating just with comments is going to make it the longest page on the web!
I’ll be in contact when I have things that need to be done, but at the moment it’s just a case of sitting tight and letting me get this website show on the road.
No problem Sean, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to hearing from you, Ben Harrington
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