The brand new Mercedes-Maybach is proving a hit in China with the German marque selling as many Maybachs per month in the Asian superpower as it once sold annually around the world.
Each month, about 500 Mercedes-Maybach models are being sold in China. By comparison, just 600 Maybach cars were sold in 2003 worldwide when the brand was a standalone company from Mercedes-Benz. Now, Mercedes-Maybach represents the most exclusive, expensive and luxurious line-up of S-Class branded models and thanks inevitably to the vehicle’s lower prices and familiarity with the rest of the S-Class range, they are proving popular.
While recently speaking with Bloomberg, sales chief for Daimler AG Ola Kaellenius said “Sales in China are developing very well.” Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche expanded on this by saying “We’re very optimistic that we can sustain the sales momentum.”
So far, two variants of the ‘standard’ Mercedes-Maybach (not including the Pullman) are available. These are the S500 and the S600. The range-topping Maybach S600 is 20 cm larger in both length and wheelbase than the long-wheelbase S-Class sedan.
Beneath the skin, the S600 gets a 6.0 litre V12 biturbo engine with an output of 530 hp. Maximum torque of 830 Nm is available from 1900 rpm. By comparison, the 4.6-litre V8 biturbo engined Mercedes-Maybach S500 generates an output of 455 hp and peak torque of 700 Nm.