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What will become of Maybach? That question has been rattling around the halls of Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart for some time now. But all questions will be answered, and answered soon: according to reports, the German automaker is currently evaluating prototypes and propositions for its top-end marque, and will make its decision next month.

So, what are the options? On the one hand, Daimler could kill the Maybach brand altogether. It was a notion ill conceived and even more poorly executed, taking an old platform and building a new flagship atop it. In that way, it was sort of like the Chrysler Crossfire, only far more costly to both the buyer and manufacturer. On the other hand, Daimler could opt for the long-time-coming proposition of contracting the production (and possibly much of the development) of a new generation of Maybachs to Aston Martin.

The British automaker has been linked with a future Maybach tie-in for some time now. The idea would be to have Aston produce the hyper-luxury range for Daimler at its own facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England – the same location that was recently expanded to accommodate bringing the Rapide home from its current assembly line at the Magna Steyr complex in Austria. In return, Aston could get the platforms and engines to underpin its next generation of vehicles, including the rebirth of the Lagonda badge.

One way or another, reports indicate the decision will be made on July 1st. As to when said decision might be announced, well... we'll just have to sit tight and find out.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      designermart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let Aston Martin style it.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in the 1960s, the Mercedes Benz 600, in both sedan and "Pullman" limousine bodystyles, was every bit the equal of Rolls Royce. I don't think the Maybach name is needed at all, if they just build an über luxury version of the current, and next gen S class. I think it would even add some more cachet to the Mercedes name to be associated with the über luxury class again. Everyone knows Maybach is a Mercedes anyway.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just kill it. No one is going to care.
        Harry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I care. I happen to be a huge Maybach fan, and would love to own one. Sadly I can't. None the less, I love them still.
      JaredN
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kill it. Kill it with fire.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they don't kill Maybach, it's a great car.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      this car is made specifically for the (low) "class" of morons like lebron et al...
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybach is great! They could try to pitch the company to Rick Ross and Def Jam/Maybach Music Recording as a joke. :)
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is what happens when you try to build a brand on your CEO's ginormous ego.
      WJax
      • 3 Years Ago
      When will we see cool gadgets like those people dryers http://www.haystack-dryers.com/photo_gallery.php or microwaves in the back of these amazing cars?
      Sebring11
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was bound to happen. It doesn't seem Dr. Z puts a lot of effort in the brand, like how Piech upholds periphery brands. The cars haven't been redesigned in our out since their introduction in 2002.
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why Aston Martin instead of inhouse?
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