By Christopher A. Sawyer
With the death of the Maybach franchise, Daimler has removed its self-imposed roadblock on the aspirations of Mercedes. Once the preeminent vehicle in the Mercedes lineup, the S-Class was overshadowed by Maybach in an attempt to compete directly with Rolls-Royce and Bentley via a “more prestigious” brand. That this was a big mistake and an utter failure has been proven by Maybach’s quick rise, steady fall and dissolution. Mercedes, on the other hand, continues on.