5. Maybach, 2013
Mercedes-Benz builds luxury automobiles; their E-Class sedan, S-Class flagship and GL large SUV are favorites of well-heeled customers around the world. But what happens when even the best isn’t good enough? Well, if you’re the suits in Stuttgart you launch a SUPER luxury division and name it after a famous engineer.
Maybach models were designed to slot above even the most opulent Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter… I mean S-Class. These cars are absurdly long, luxurious and expensive. If you don’t own a diamond mine in South Africa you’re ineligible to acquire one. You also need to possess a personal continent and have at least 14 vacation homes, either that or own the Principality of Monaco. Anything less and you’ll be forced to buy something plebian like a Maserati or *shudder* a Bentley.
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Maybach was discontinued this year, yet another victim of the Great Recession, to say nothing of their questionable driving dynamics and astronomical price tags. But all hope is not lost. Rumor has it the marque could be revived as a special trim level on the new S-Class. We’ll see; most brands don’t get to play Jesus and get re-resurrected again… once more.