What Some of the 1% Will Drive

Reportedly, the 1% in China control about one-third of the country’s wealth, while in the U.S. the richest of the rich handle about 40%. Of course, given that the population of China is 1,393,783,836 and it is 322,583,006 in the U.S., there are about 14-million 1%-ers in China and a paltry 3.2-million in the U.S.

Reportedly, the 1% in China control about one-third of the country’s wealth, while in the U.S. the richest of the rich handle about 40%.

Of course, given that the population of China is 1,393,783,836 and it is 322,583,006 in the U.S., there are about 14-million 1%-ers in China and a paltry 3.2-million in the U.S.

That said, it is immensely clear why last week Mercedes unveiled the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 at Auto Guangzhou 2014, then hours later at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is, as its name implies, based on the Mercedes S-Class, the long version of the car. That car is 524.6-cm—or 17.21-ft—long. Which is insufficient for those who really need to stretch out in a car.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is 544.6-cm—or 17.87-ft—long. That’s some real estate.

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That acreage is taken advantage of particularly in the rear, where there are two “Executive Seats,” which means well-upholstered seats that recline to the extent that taking a snooze is a foregone conclusion.

Powering the behemoth is a V12 bi-turbo engine that produces 530 hp.

As you may recall, Mercedes offered modern Maybachs starting in 2002, but stopped building them at the end of 2012, presumably due to the fact that they sold a few thousand during that period of time.

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Now that the world economy, at least for some people, is back and better than ever, presumably the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class makes more sense.

As Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, responsible for Sales & Marketing, explained, “Our new sub-brand stands for prestigious exclusivity and is aimed at particularly status-conscious customers. From China in particular, we have noted customer demand for us to offer a particularly exclusive and spacious variant of the best automobile in the world.”

If you’ve got it. . . .

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