Admittedly, Maybach are not very likely to burn their fingers on such issues. Another
option is the use of the R/ML/GL-class platform for an SUV of an individual exterior,
which would be a novelty in this exclu-
sive market niche. The expensive luxury SUV
Cadillac Escalade was a big success in America and the Near East but Maybach's
approach would be at least thrice as expensive as the Caddy what impedes reliable
forecasts of sales.
Hence also this project is very chancy. With the Ocean Drive concept, an S-class based
four-door convertible, Mercedes have recently shown one of those vehicles considered
for Maybach as a concept but they also found that customers want a convertible of this
class to be a two-door car which was why the decided on an open top CL-class instead.
Nonetheless, the idea could eventually be the one which will be realised, in a couple
Being in need to bring out something new, Maybach could opt for realising this approach
since it can be done as a hand-made special edition manufactured just by order and for a
juicy extra charge. Then it would be nothing but a life-support measure for Daimler's
luxury label. In the moment they do not intend to give up on Maybach. There is even talk
of a second generation Maybach saloons! However, the drastic
measures at Smart and the quick sale of Chrysler show how rapid the managers at Stuttgart
act when attempts of rescue fail.
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