2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600: Up Close

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As the first Cars.com editor to view in person the Mercedes-Maybach S600 detailed in our earlier report, I can corroborate that it is indeed a larger S-Class with some extra badges on it.

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That might be diminishing it too much, because it also has finer interior materials and gizmos, as billed to go along with the new high-end name of Maybach. The backseat is indeed cavernous, which makes it both unique and of extremely limited appeal in the U.S. market. The requisite reclining seats are here; the primary difference being that there's enough legroom for adults of decent heights to use the leg rests — unlike some limousine-style luxury sedans that include the ottomans regardless.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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Kanye West may be disappointed to learn that the return of the stratospherically expensive luxury brand name Maybach won't be accompanied by that old-school opulence on the window sticker. Instead, he’ll have to settle for an extended-length 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 luxury sedan with the three-point star logo on the hood, steering wheel and tail, while "Maybach" adorns the trunk lid to let other drivers know what they're in line behind.

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Inside is a spacious cabin with posh appointments, exclusive materials and unique seats with upholstery-stitched window pillars, power rear seats with extending ottomans and quilted leather along the seats, center armrest and footwells. So Yeezus will just have to make do.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600: First Look

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Competes with:
Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, other Mercedes S-Class sedans
Looks like: A longer S-Class with more badging — you know, in case Mercedes' badging changes weren't confusing enough
Drivetrain: 523-horsepower, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 with seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

Remember Maybach? The ultra-luxury brand from 1920s Germany got a reboot by then-DaimlerChrysler in the 2000s, giving moneyed shoppers the Type 57 and Type 62 sedans and eventually the preposterously expensive Type 62 Landaulet. Sales topped out at just 244 cars in 2004, miniscule even for an ultra-luxury brand. The recession put the final nail in Maybach's gold-plated coffin, and the brand had its swan-song year in 2012.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

Well, the swan — or song — is back. Mercedes plans to bestow the Maybach designation on a modified V-12 S-Class sedan, complete with extra trunk badging to signal the difference. Mercedes released several images of the car. It debuts this month during auto shows in Guangzhou, China, and Los Angeles, which signals Mercedes' intent to launch Maybach as a global brand. But the once-stratospheric pricing will come down to earth, if only a bit.

By Kelsey Mays | November 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

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It seems to be happening all the time in the auto industry. A manufacturer just isn't happy with its vehicles' names, especially when it wants to add new, additional models to the lineup.

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Mercedes-Benz is the latest to do the ole name switcheroo in advance of this year's auto show season. While the company's sedans will continue as-is, that can't be said of its SUV and sports car lineup.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (5)

Top 10 Features for Showoffs

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Prefacing any great show-off moment is the phrase, "Hey, watch this." That's what Cars.com editors imagined when picking the greatest show-off features in new cars. What's surprising is the sheer number of over-the-top features surely wild enough to impress even the most non-interested parties. Want to set off car alarms in a parking garage or attract the attention of everyone who sets eyes on your car up to a mile away? This list has what it takes to be the center of attention.

By Joe Bruzek | October 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid: First Look (15 Photos)

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Competes with: Audi A8 TDI, BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid, Lexus LS 600h
Looks like: An S-Class with enough rear signage for Mercedes' lettering supplier to hire an extra shift
Drivetrain: 436-hp (combined), turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and electric motor with seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015, California only

Witness the reprisal of Mercedes-Benz's S-Class hybrid, this time in the form of a plug-in S550. The S550 Plug-in Hybrid teams a turbocharged V-6 with an electric motor that runs off a battery you can plug in to recharge. Whereas its predecessor, the 2010-2013 S400 Hybrid, was a plug-free "mild" hybrid that couldn't actually travel on electric power alone, Mercedes says its successor can do that for up to 20 miles.

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Typical of Mercedes' flagship sedan, the S550 plug-in electric vehicle boasts a kitchen sink's worth of other features. Among them are haptic gas-pedal feedback and drivetrain logic that purportedly adapts its efficiency strategy to the road and traffic around you.

By Kelsey Mays | September 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Vehicles Affected: More than 150 model-year 2011-12 Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedans, including the S550, S550 4matic, S63, S600, S65 AMG and S400 Hybrid, all manufactured between March 3 and July 30, 2011

The Problem: The tire pressure monitoring system indicators may only illuminate for a portion of the time required by federal standards, and under certain conditions may not re-illuminate immediately after the vehicle is restarted, as required. If all four wheel sensors are simultaneously malfunctioning or missing, the tire pressure monitoring system will provide an initial warning, but the warning will not automatically repeat on subsequent ignition cycles, failing to remind the driver that the system is offline. Driving unknowingly with incorrectly inflated tires may result in sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will reprogram the tire pressure monitoring unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe Photo Gallery: 39 Photos

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We saw the sedan version of Mercedes-Benz's uber-high-performance S65 AMG at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Today, the coupe version of the 621-horsepower luxury sports car bows.

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Like the sedan, the coupe's bold curves and dominating face are accented with high-sheen chrome, gloss black trim and plenty of AMG badging. It also shares the sedan’s powertrain: a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12, good for 621 hp, 738 pounds-feet of torque, a zero-to-60 mph time of 4 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.

Inside, four passengers are treated to AMG exclusive sport seats trimmed in Nappa leather with diamond-patterned upholstery. Leather also lines the roof, dashboard and door panels.

The 2015 S65 AMG Coupe goes on sale at the end of the year; prices haven't been announced but they'll be steep. Mercedes recently released 2015 pricing for part of its S-Class lineup and prices range from $95,325 for the base V-8-powered S550 sedan to $167,825 for the V-12-powered base S600 sedan; all prices include destination.

Check out the gallery below.

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