Daimler Reveals More About Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman And Its Plans For Maybach Name

 @angeloyoung_a.young@ibtimes.com on June 26 2014 10:28 AM
Mercedes-Benz S Class
The sixth generation S-Class came out in the current model year. In November, Daimler AG is reportedly unveiling a longer Maybach edition of this car. Next year the company will release a million-dollar Pullman version featuring four facing back seats and armored plating. Creative Commons

The 2008 global financial crisis put an end to the Maybach, the super-exclusive German luxury car whose price tag often topped a million dollars. But the brand’s owner, Daimler AG (FRA:DAI), isn’t ready to bury the top-shelf name completely as it doubles down on luring wealthy customers from Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

A source who asked not to be identified told Bloomberg Thursday that a stretch version of Daimler's recently introduced sixth-generation S-Class sedan will appear at auto shows in Los Angeles and Guangzhou, China, in November.

“It’s great when you hit that first bend [in the road] and realize that this is a level the competition can’t reach,” Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said during the unveiling of the $172,000 S-Class two-door coupe in Tuscany on Wednesday.

The longer, four-passenger Maybach edition of the S-Class expected out next year seems to be aimed at the Chinese consumer. Luxury car buyers in China prefer longer wheelbases in their full-sized sedans because they often have chauffeurs and like the extra back-seat leg room.

Daimler also said its six-seat Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman limousine, expected out in 2015, will cost as much as double the priciest Rolls-Royce on the market. The 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom costs nearly $500,000, which would put the Pullman at about $1 million. The price includes armor plating, a feature that appeals to customers in this car-buying class  – think oil sheiks, rappers, CEOs and world leaders.

The S-Class is aimed at taking market share from Rolls-Royce owner Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (FRA:BMW) and Volkswagen AG (FRA:VOW), which owns Bentley.

Check out the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman spy video captured in January:

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