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Issue Four
Jan. 6, 2003
LA Auto Show
LA Auto Show Photo Gallery
Mission MINI

Porsche Cayenne Introduction
Maybach Introduction
2003 Jaguar S-Type Road Test
Coming Next Issue
Detroit Auto Show
Nav-TV Interview
Bose Headphones

Maybach: Move over Bentley, the King of Prestige Cometh, continued

Maybach 57

Maybach 62

Maybach Hood Emblem

More Maybach photos
from the LA Auto Show

With production of the Maybach limited to five hand-built units per day, total production numbers will be limited to approximately 1000 units annually. Rumor has it that a single buyer located in the Middle East has already purchased 25 units, and 400 Maybachs are destined for US soil already. No doubt that the Maybach will soon replace the Bentley and the Benz in all of the rap and hip-hop songs when status and wealth are required for chorus lines...but what rhymes with Maybach?

The Maybach doesn't belong in any rap song as it wears a long gown of distinguished history. The very first Maybachs were produced in the late 1920's and were named after Mercedes-Benz's first designer, Wilhelm Maybach. The Maybach from eras past were equally as impressive as the 2003 Maybach. The Zeppelin DS 8 for example, featured a 7.9L V12 that generated 200 horsepower and propelled the Maybach to well over 100mph.

DaimlerChrysler unveiled the 2003 Maybach in quite a unique manner - after shipping the first Maybach to the US via boat, they packaged it in a glass case and flew it by helicopter to 55 Wall Street in Manhattan - otherwise known as home to the New York Stock Exchange building.

While we seriously doubt that we'll have the opportunity to ever test drive one of these exquisite automobiles, Dave Schembri of Mercedes-Benz USA claims that there will be six demo units available for customers to schedule test drives. Supposedly, these demo models will be located in Chicago, Jacksonville (FL), Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington. He further states, "We will find a way to ship a car to wherever the customer is or wherever they want to do it."

Now, where did I put the checkbook?

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