Maybach 62 is Mercedes-Benz's ultra-luxury car

Published: 20th November 2009
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Maybach is Mercedes-Benz's ultra-luxury brand intended to compete with Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
Equipped with the automotive technology of the 21st Century, crafted in a state-of-the-art manufacturing
facility and designed with scrupulous attention to detail, the new Maybach reflects the expertise of
Mercedes Benz as the world's most innovative and tradition-steeped vehicle manufacturer while benefiting
from the technical leadership, know-how and unique experience of its sister-brand Mercedes-Benz
in the worldwide luxury car segment. Both Maybach models are variants of the same ultra-luxurious automobile.
The model numbers reflect the respective lengths of the automobiles in decimetres; the 57 is more likely
to be owner-driven while the longer 62 is designed with a chauffeur in mind. The engine is
a Mercedes-sourced 5.5-litre twin-turbo V12, generating 405 kilowatts.Standard features for the Maybach include
navigation system with voice recognition, air conditioning with 4-zone climate controls, remote engine start,
power sunroof, front massaging seats, power front and rear seats with lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery,
heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, rearview camera, premium sound system, 8-disc CD changer,
power tilt/telescopic heated wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio and climate controls,
and heated cupholders. The Maybach name honors Wilhelm Maybach, who worked with Gottlieb Daimler
in the late 19th century to build the first cars with internal combustion engines. Wilhelm's son
Karl was an engineer who developed and put the Maybach brand name on 1,800 of the company's
custom-built luxury cars from 1921 to 1941.Maybach invented the float-feed carburettor, which allowed
petrol to be used as a fuel for internal-combustion engines, most of which up to that time had been
fuelled by gas. Maybach and Daimler went into partnership 1882 in Stuttgart, where they produced one
of the first petrol engines. In 1895, Maybach became technical director of the Daimler Motor Company.
He left Daimler 1907 to set up his own factory for making engines for Zeppelin's airships.
In 1901, Maybach designed the first Mercedes car. He invented the spray-nozzle or float-feed carburettor
in 1893. It made the fuel enter through a jet as a fine spray. The vaporized fuel mixed with air to produce
a combustible mixture for the engine's cylinders. Maybach's other inventions include the honeycomb radiator,
an internal expanding brake 1901, and an axle-locating system for use with independent suspensions.

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