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October 2, 2002

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Maybach at the Paris Motor Show: European premiere of the luxury saloons Maybach 57 and Maybach 62

Maybach 62

  • Automotive masterpiece with a new dimension of luxury and comfort

  • Trailblazing technical innovations by Mercedes-Benz as standard

  • Extensive luxury appointments for individual customer requirements

  • From standstill to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds with a 550 hp biturbo engine

  • Ten airbags and the SBC™ braking system for exemplary safety

Paris - At the "Mondial de l'Automobile Paris 2002", the luxury automobile brand Maybach is unveiling two high-end saloons to the European public: the Maybach 62 - which already made its much-acclaimed world debut in New York in early July - and the Maybach 57, which is being presented for the first time.

The model badges denote the respective lengths of these unique, super-luxury vehicles: 6.17 metres in the case of the Maybach 62 and 5.73 metres in the case of the Maybach 57

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 saloons reflect the expertise of DaimlerChrysler 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.

The Maybach defines the standards at the very peak of the passenger car market, at the same time continuing the tradition of the legendary Maybach automobiles which were among the elite in German and international automotive engineering together with Mercedes-Benz during the 1920s and 1930s.

Trailblazing innovations so far uniquely available in Mercedes-Benz vehicles have undergone further development for the Maybach and are included in the standard equipment: the electrohydraulic braking system Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC™), the electronically controlled air suspension system AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control), LINGUATRONIC voice control, the operating and display system COMAND APS and the automatic emergency call system TELEAID.

These are complemented by further masterpieces of automotive engineering which were specifically developed for the Maybach and substantiate its claim to the high-end position in the luxury car segment: the "Type 12" engine (405 kW/ 550 hp), which delivers more power and torque than any other standard-production saloon car engine in the world, a 600 Watt sound system with Dolby surround sound at every seat, a highly efficient four-zone climate control system with two separate air conditioners and - exclusive to the Maybach 62 - innovative and comfortable fully-reclining seats in the rear.

Engine: peak values for output and torque

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The newly developed engine reflects the long years of experience and great expertise of DaimlerChrysler in the development, design and production of twelve-cylinder power units. With a displacement of 5.5 litres, and with the help of twin turbocharging, the Maybach engine develops an output of 405 kW/550 hp, with a maximum torque of 900 Newton metres already available from 2300 rpm. This gives the "Type 12" power unit a higher output and more torque than any other standard-production saloon car engine in the world. Thanks to three-valve technology and highly efficient catalytic converters it already complies with the strict exhaust EU 4 emission limits which come into force in 2005.

These high output and torque values guarantee effortless Maybach performance in any situation: the Maybach 57 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds, and thanks to the high torque a sprint from 60 to 120 km/h takes only 6.2 seconds.

(Sep 26, 2002)

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