2003 Maybach revives
famous nameplate from the
1920s and 30s

DaimlerChrysler has confirmed that it will begin manufacturing luxury Maybach cars based on Mercedes-Benz mechanicals in Sindelfingen, Germany, in autumn, 2002.

Around 1,000 to 1,500 will be produced each year at the rate of no more than seven a day.

The bi-turbo V12-powered saloons will be offered in standard and chauffeur-drive versions with a spacious rear compartment large enough for the seats to recline like a business class airline chair.

Each car will be custom-made, allowing buyers to choose virtually any colour or trim material and select business equipment such as fax machines and PCs to order.

The USA, Japan and western Europe are expected to be the main Maybach markets.