In the early 20th century, Wilhelm Maybach was involved in the formation of Mercedes-Benz. He later founded his own luxury car company- the Maybach brand. During the 30s Maybach built some of the world’s largest and most luxurious sedans, equipped with the first ever German V12s. When WW2 started, Maybach ceased producing cars and was absorbed into Mercedes’ parent company- Daimler.
In 2002, Mercedes revived the Maybach brand in order to compete in the new era of uber luxury cars against Rolls Royce and Bentley. The Maybach 57 and 62 featured plenty of tech, plenty of power and plenty of space, but they cost plenty of money- upwards of $500,000. It was a great car, though it never managed to compete with the big players.
In 2011 Mercedes closed the Maybach brand only to revive it in 2014 as a sub-brand, much like AMG. While Mercedes-AMG focuses on high powered versions of Mercedes models, Mercedes-Maybach will focus on high end luxury variations of them.
The first new Mercedes-Maybach is the S600- a longer, more equipped and more luxurious version of the normal S600. It has the same V12 power plant to east the driver and passengers through their long journeys across the world. Later came the Maybach Pullman- a true limousine version of the S-Class.