Daimler nears decision on Maybach, may kill it or team up with Aston Martin (w/ poll)

2011 Maybach 62S

Mark your calendars – Daimler AG plans to decide the fate of Maybach by July 1. On the plate are two options – killing the slow-selling uber-luxury brand or partnering up with Aston Martin to produce a second generation model.

Speaking at an event in Stuttgart, Germany last week, CEO Dieter Zetsche said “there is a higher likelihood to come to a positive decision” for a next-generation Maybach if the company can partner up with another automaker.

Zetsche said that it has not approached any other potential partner besides Aston Martin. He said that a concept for the second-generation Maybach has been produced and a final decision is pending. He said that Daimler made the mistake of investing more than $1 billion on the development of Maybach, which “was not a good investment for a small-volume vehicle.”

Last year, Maybach made 157 cars, according to IHS Automotive. 63 were sold in the United States.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoWeek