Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH, founded by Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl, was a German manufacturer of engines for Zeppelins and later, large and luxurious automobiles. The company has historic roots through the involvement of its founder who was the technical director of the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (Daimler Motor Company). Today, based in Stuttgart, the brand is owned by DaimlerChrysler. Between 1921 and 1940, the company produced various classic opulent vehicles.
During World War II, design and production was redirected to military applications – Maybach designed and/or produced the engines of many German military vehicles and German armored fighting vehicles such as the PzKpfw IV, Tiger I and the Panther.
Maybach was revived as a brand in the early 2000s under the direction of Mercedes-Benz, with the production of a new model in two sizes – the Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62, the longer 62 allows rear occupants to recline fully in their seats. The prices range from US$305,000 to $357,000; they are priced to directly compete with top-of-the-range Bentley and Rolls-Royce automobiles. In 2005, the new 57S has been added, sporting a more powerful engine and cosmetic touches that provides a sporty image.