Maybach sales down, says it’s not feeling the heat of the economic crisis

It’s that time of the year again – where we bring you the annual update on a brand that is hardly ever discussed in the automotive industry – Maybach. According to Automotive News, despite the global economic crisis and the credit crunch, customers aren’t cancelling their Maybach orders.

“There is no visible impact of the financial crisis,” said Thorsten Lenz, Maybach’s product and portfolio manager. “We have a good order base that will last for a few months.”

The hand-built Maybach models start at $343,250 for the Maybach 57 and can go all the way up to $1.3 million for the 62S Landaulet. It takes Maybach about five to seven months to build each car after taking an order.

The uber-luxury Daimler brand sold 300 vehicles in 2008 – down from 400 in 2007. U.S. sales account for 40 to 50 percent of global sales. Lenz said that Maybach has no plans of downsizing its engines and plans to stick with V12 units.