Posts Tagged ‘Maybach’

Rare Sighting of a Maybach in Frisco – A “Remarkably Clumsy” 20-Foot-Long Car – The Rolling Mistake from Mercedes-Benz

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

This thing is so big, it don’t even fit in the viewfinder:

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Now here’s the middle part of it:

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I haven’t seen a Maybach in Frisco since The Aughts. And then there was that time I think I saw another one back in aught-seven, perhaps doing service for our local Consulate General of India.

I’ll tell you, this particular ride above appears to have come straight from Los Angeles. It sure doesn’t belong here.

Anywho, the bones of these failed beasts, these discontinued orphan cars, date to the Reagan era.

All the deets from those Haters at Wiki:

According to Fortune Magazine, after missing out on the chance to purchase Rolls-Royce and Bentley when they were up for sale in the 1990s, “Mercedes backpedaled and decided it needed to be in the ultra-luxury business too, but it went after it in a remarkably clumsy way.” Fortune stated that the first Maybach models had poor driving dynamics compared to its contemporaries from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, as “Mercedes took an aging S-class chassis and plopped an absurdly elongated body on it … rather than develop a new car from the wheels up, as BMW did with Rolls-Royce, or cleverly use the underpinnings of an existing model like the Volkswagen Phaeton for a new Bentley.” Furthermore, Maybachs were never advertised as owner-driven vehicles, as the company believed that the luxury amenities would be sufficient to sell and they even insisted that auto journalists (who usually test drive the vehicle) ride in the backseat.

All right, let’s say ba-bye:

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Brace Yourselves: “New Neighborhood” of “Yerba Buena” to be Unveiled this Saturday – It’s SoMA From 2nd to 5th

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Don’t you think we need more micro-neighborhoods about town? Sure, why not?

So get ready to party this Saturday, October 16th, 2010, when you can officially start calling the area bounded by Market, Harrison, 2nd and 5th “Yerba Buena.”

People haven’t called it that for 163 years, so it’s about time.

And if you live on Yerba Buena Island and you’re worried about place name confusion, we’ll you can just go pound salt.

Learn It, Love It, Live It:

There’ll be some party too – the Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair

And, if you’re in the media, you can get all the deets personally.

Campaign to Benefit Local Businesses and Brand Yerba Buena as New Neighborhood to be Unveiled.

Major Contributions to Neighborhood Nonprofits also to be Announced
Date:                     Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time:                    11:15 a.m.
Place:                    SOMA Room, Metreon, Enter at Garden Entrance, Mission Street, Between 3rd and 4th Streets
What:                   The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District will unveil a comprehensive campaign to establish and promote Yerba Buena as San Francisco’s newest neighborhood and announce its first Community Benefit Fund grantees at a media briefing at Metreon held in conjunction with the first Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair. The campaign is designed to benefit neighborhood businesses and establish a sense of place for this burgeoning district that has seen rapid growth in its eclectic residential and business base. These efforts supplement YBCBD’s recently enacted services that foster a safer and more secure community, create a cleaner and greener neighborhood, and reinforce the viability of its economic base.

Heather Almond, Chairman, Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
Barbara Kaufman, Director, San Francisco Office of the Governor
Representatives from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
Nonprofits receiving grants
YBCBD board members and community leaders

See you in the YB!

One of the Five Maybach Sedans Sold in America Last Month – Seen in SF, CA

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Well look at this rare sight on the streets of San Francisco, or anywhere else for that matter – it’s a brand spanking new Maybach sedan from Mercedes Benz. Just five cars from this brand were sold in America for the whole month of February 2009. Ouch.

That means that Maybach dealerships in America are on a pace that will have them selling less than two cars each in calendar 2009. Ouch, again.

On Presidio Boulevard. Click to expand.

Of course that’s much worse than what Audi dealers faced during their bad time in the 1980’s after 60 Minutes embarrassed itself with the unintended acceleration fiasco. Back then each Audi store sold about one car per month. Ah memories…

“Apparently, the brakes were failing at exactly the same moment that the gas pedal decided it had a mind of its own. Perfectly plausible, at least to the 60 Minutes crew.”

It turned out that drivers were pressing the go pedal instead of the slow pedal. And there were reasons for that, and the cars had other issues as well, but 60 Minutes really pulled a boner on that one. Oh well. Anywho, Audi considered leaving the American market, things were so bad.

But what about Maybach? How much longer can it go on?

Chin up, Maybach. It can’t get worse than this.


The Vultures are Circling Over the Maybach Division of Mercedes-Benz

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Things were bad for the Maybach brand “bach” in the day, back when there was talk of shutting the whole operation down and Mercedes reduced the number of American dealerships down to 42 or so (with a huge loss for all concerned). But now, news comes that those 42 “studios” (it’s not just a car but a work of art, get it?) had sales of just nine new cars for all of America last month.

What’s that, you ain’t never saw a Maybach? Well take a look, even the short one is huge. Of course the long one is bigger still, but Scottish crooner Rod Stewart can’t fit three passengers in his without all sorts of trouble. (If only his “Relationship Manager” could have contacted the “Center of Excellence“!)  

An esteemed Gumball Rally driver in his Mb right in front of the esteemed (yet inconceivably gloomy) Pacific Union Club earlier this year. Perhaps he’s a member?

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The way things are going, there won’t be a new generation of Maybach to come out so the whole shebang is going to fizzle out in a short while unless another bailout is in the offing. That’s unlikely, so drunk Beyonce (she of halo halo halo) will have to find a new place to hide out from the paparazzi, and Maybach Babe 2 will have to find a new backdrop:


Of course, you can always turn to eBay to get an Exelero model, sort of.

See you in Hell, Maybach!

It’s Mayday Maday Mayday for Maybach Manufaktur

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Or is it Maiday Maiday Maiday?

They warned us, but we didn’t listen. News comes today that luxury car nameplate Maybach soon might be ready to call it quits. Hurry on over and get your order in today, before they’re all gone. (Turn on their home page symphony, nice music). Nice video too.

Or you can just settle for a regular Mercedes. Your choice.