Maybach is a German carmaker, focusing on production of luxury and exclusive vehicles. It's a part of Daimler AG. more
The Maybach logo consists of two "M" letters, which are often taken for swastika as Maybach produced engines for the Nazi's tanks. However, in reality, the emblem represents the company's desire to create tough cars.
The company was founded as Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl. It was a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, which produced aircrafts. In 1912, the company changed its name to Maybach Engine Construction Company. After the First World War, Maybach started to produce diesel engines for buses, coaches and special vehicles.
The first experimental model of the brand, Maybach W1, first appeared in 1919. In 1930, Maybach DS7 Zeppelin, was introduced. It became the most expensive German car at that moment. During the WW II, the company provided engines for the Nazi's tanks. In 1945, the Maybach plant was bombed out. As Karl Maybach had no money to restore it, he had to leave the company.
In 1960, Maybach was purchased by Daimler Corporation. In 1997, the company was revived. It presented a luxury concept car at the Tokyo Motorshow, which later was produced as the Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62. By 2002, the production of luxury vehicles was fully renewed.
In 2012, the Maybach brand stopped its existing. The last vehicle, badged as Maybach, was produced on 17 December 2012. However, in 2014, Daimler announced that the brand will be revived as ultra-luxury subdivision of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In 2015, Mercedes-Maybach S600 was introduced.