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The New York Times reports the hammer has finally fallen on Maybach, Mercedes' ultra-luxury ultra-flop. It says the word "discontinued" appeared on Mercedes' price sheet for 2013. And so ends an effort by Mercedes to revive a legendary name, and compete with Rolls Royce and Bentley. Daimler confirmed late in 2011 that it planned to pull the plug on Maybach. It spent $1 billion on it, but sales languished around 200 units per year, versus the 1,000 Mercedes hoped it would sell. Earlier this year, the Times says Mercedes-Benz USA offered cash rebates of up to $100,000 on two Maybach models. There have been estimates Mercedes lost $500,000 on every Maybach it sold.

At Last, the Maybach Is Priceless - NYTimes.com
 

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I feel like they could have been more successful had they kept the cars up to date with the technology being implemented across the rest of Mercedes' lineup.
 

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Sorry, but it's not a great loss:

Nobody would have needed to tell them that so expensive, so exclusive a car should be beautiful. The original "flapper" Maybachs from the '20s were elegant and desirable. This last effort was just horrendous.

(In its defence, no more horrendous than the latest Rolls-Royces it was hoping to compete with...)
 

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That is something they should have done from the very start. $460,000 for a stretched W220 with seats from an R230 (albeit with piping and fatter bolstering), a steering wheel from a S430, an audio system that is easily recognizable in a 90's C-Class, and technology in which a 2005 W220 S-Class was more advanced. And correct me if I'm wrong, but the front bumper (2004-2009) is from an S430.

$240,000 for the 57.
$270,000 for the 57S.
$350,000 for the 62.
$400,000 for the 62S.
$550,000 for the Landaulet.
$700,000 for the Exelero.
 

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That is something they should have done from the very start. $460,000 for a stretched W220 with seats from an R230 (albeit with piping and fatter bolstering), a steering wheel from a S430, an audio system that is easily recognizable in a 90's C-Class, and technology in which a 2005 W220 S-Class was more advanced. And correct me if I'm wrong, but the front bumper (2004-2009) is from an S430.

$240,000 for the 57.
$270,000 for the 57S.
$350,000 for the 62.
$400,000 for the 62S.
$550,000 for the Landaulet.
$700,000 for the Exelero.
It was actually based on the W140 chassis NOT the W220.
 

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Anyone know the depreciation % on these cars?
It depends WHAT it is. The Landaulet is currently at a near 50% (2009), the 62 Series will cost no more then $220,000 for an excellent condition model, say in the year 2020, and the 57 Series will cost no more then $160,000 in the year 2020. Expect the Landaulet to cost no more then $450,000 by 2020. All told, it's either a new Ferrari of 2020 or a used Maybach.
 

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The W140 chassis was best in its time but if you compare it to the newer/technologically advanced ones then w140 is no more but primitive.
 

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For those of us that own and admire the W140 chassis your comments are NOT justified.
I didn't necessarily call the W140 chassis bad, I merely stated it was very outdated design for the year 2012. In fact, I prefer the W140 to the upcoming W222 (Next Gen S-Class). Aside from that fact, you basically bought a W140 with carry overs from a W220, R230, and W215. The navigation is easily recognizable in my grandma's 2003 ML500.

Maybach just wasn't high tech enough to justify its competition because it didn't look as nice as a Phantom, it wasn't as bespoke as Phantom, it didn't come with fancy coach doors like the Phantom, and with the release of the Ghost, it wasn't as fast as a Ghost. I sure as hell would buy a 62S anyways just because it's more exclusive and because it isn't as prominent as a Phantom/Ghost (I'm not into public attention, and I can actually drive it in the ghetto without getting shot at because everyone will think it's just a used Mercedes-Benz S-Class).
 

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...and I can actually drive it in the ghetto without getting shot at because everyone will think it's just a used Mercedes-Benz S-Class).

The breadth of the stupidity of the comments in these Maybach threads is apparently boundless.
 
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