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Aston Martin and Daimler are apparently becoming chummy right now. According to The Financial Times, the two automakers are chatting about a possible relationship centered around Daimler's super-luxe Maybach sedan. Aston Martin is reportedly looking to glean some powertrain knowledge from the German automaker (for a possible Lagonda revival?) and Daimler could use help reviving a car that few are buying.

An exotic luxury sedan crafted as a joint venture between the Brits and the Germans sounds like an intriguing concept. As a matter of fact it should sound intriguing because Bentley and Rolls-Royce figured out the formula a few years ago. Though few out there can actually afford any automobile in this category, it would be nice to see new life breathed into the Maybach nameplate.


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      • 4 Years Ago

      The problem with Maybach is 1) it can't keep up with its lower S-class sisters more modern updates, 2) it looks like a last generation car, 3) it never looked that distinguished to begin with. Why would someone buy a Maybach with a 2000 S-class odometer and dash controls when a Rolls looks 100% unique. Maybach needs to be more separated from Mercedes to thrive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't do it Aston, it's a TARP!!!!

        Sorry, had to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree, I've just spent the last two weeks working in Park lane London, the natural hunting ground for a Maybach but all I saw was just one! but lots of Rolls, Bentleys, Jags,Range Rovers, Astons and big Mercs. I have nothing against a Maybach its a well engineered car but it just doesn't look that bit special, rare but just a tad bland. Back to the article perhaps Aston could inject some style into what is a beautifully engineered Limo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I believe the concept Maybach is from 1997... The Audi-infused Bentleys are my favorite in this category.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring back the Mercedes Pullman Limo instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Absolutely, the Pullman's are the best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Re Avinash machado - The Dictator Special! - only joking I love that car, Clarkson has/had one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree that the Maybach line could use an update but I do not agree with people who say it looks like a normal sedan. Mercedes wasn't going for a flashy sedan like a Rolls-Royce they wanted to make a classic looking luxury sedan/limous. I think they achieved that goal with the over-sized grill and lights. It definitely has road presence but it is not nearly as flashy as the Phantom. And of course on a car like this it is about what is on the inside that really matters. The interior of the Phantom is really nice but the Maybach is a little nicer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybach is just a major fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in Vegas where 2nd wives drive Lambos and Bentleys as if they were Fords. On the Strip Rollers are what every hotel uses for its "whales". Ever so often you'll see a Maybach, maybe 4 or 5 times a year at most. Just because someone is rich it doesn't mean they can't see when they're being fleeced. The only people who bought these were rappers kids. Anyone can see that this is just a gussied Benz. Most people prefer to customized their S-class as opposed to this piece of fraudulent "uber luxe" pretenda-be mobile.

      I used to work for the Saudi Royal family and it always amazed me that they wouldn't ever go to Rodeo Dr in Beverly Hills. Finally I asked the Princess I was working for why and she explained that the prices were 50% higher just because it was Rodeo. Everything she needed, she could get on Canon Rd. The Maybach is Canon pricing itself like Rodeo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think an Aston Martin building Maybachs could be kind of a cool outcome, but I'm not exactly sure that it will result in anything all that commercially popular. Just another last ditch effort to try and fix the auto industry.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think folks might be missing the entire point of a Maybach. You question the styling, and the performance (one commentor said they'd prefer an Aston Rapide...) No, you own a Maybach to be driven around in by someone else. A Rapide would be the opposite sort of car to a Maybach with it's cramped backseat and punishing ride.

      American Idol judge, and all around stupifyingly rich person, Simon Cowbell was quoted as saying the Maybach was his favorite car to ride in. The outside is near irrelevant as is the performance. He mentioned it over a Rolls even.

      I agree the thing is butt-ugly. It'd be cool to see the car have some presence and make a statement (like a Rolls does). Or perhaps that's the point ... the car doesn't attract attention to itself. It's a "stealth limo." A Bently is for driving, a Maybach is for being driven. They need to make it have the poshest backseat, bar none.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Maybach looks like an imitation Mercedes done by the Chinese. I really don't understand what they were thinking when they hatched this odd looking "sort of Mercedes" stretch thing. It really does look like a fairly run-of-the-mill sedan that was stretched, blinged and given a bigger grill. This is what the Lincoln Town Car did successfully for years, but something purported to reside above the biggest, baddest S Class demands more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Considering according to you Simon says the Maybach is his favorite car, how come every single time I have seen him photographed over the years, he is almost 100% of the time in a Rolls Royce with the exception of his Veyron once in awhile?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Many years ago, Aston Martin Lagonda introduced a concept car - the Lagonda Vignale - which was exquisite to my eyes. I hope the new Maybach-Aston venture hires whoever the designer of that concept was and uses his design language in their future cars. The retro-modern designs employed by Rolls Royce and Bentley (and by Aston Martin themselves) has worked beautifully in what they offer these days. Technically competent as they are, the Maybachs simply fall short in this area as so many people have pointed out.

      Hopefully, this future direction for two storied marques suggests great days for car afficionados. Yep, we'll be at Autoblog waiting for scoops. Merry Christmas everyone!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always thought of the Maybach as a frumpy deluxe and it looks
      so outdated now when put against it's competitors. They should just
      hang it up and concentrate on burnishing the M-B brand directly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      German engineering coupled with British build quality. Hmmm, sounds like another Daimler 'merger of equals'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least some Bentleys are made in Dresden. Not sure where BMW makes the Rollses. One big British name is put together in Austria -- can't remember which.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It seems to have worked very well for RR and Bentley so far. It's exactly what MB needs, the cache of British luxury with German performance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "An exotic luxury sedan crafted as a joint venture between the Brits and the Germans sounds like an intriguing concept."

        That means that Brits will provide a brand name and the Germans will do the engineering.

        It happened with Mini, Bentley and Rolls. They may be built in Blighty, but so are Hondas, Nissans and Toyotas. Even brand names are German owned.

        To me, none of Minis, Bentleys and Rollses is a British car. And the sooner it happen with Astons, the better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aston needs to DESIGN the Maybach. That car is ugly as sin at any price, let alone what they want for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So basically take the current maybach and make it more swoopy with a db9 front end. and rear end.
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