This Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the 50 millionth car Mercedes has manufactured.
Soon after the reveal of the new S-Class, Mercedes pulled the wraps off an ultra-luxurious Maybach variant. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580 recently entered production, and a very important example just rolled off the assembly line at Factory 56 in Germany, which also builds the standard S-Class and upcoming EQS electric model. The S 580 pictured below is the 50-millionth car produced by Mercedes since it was founded, though that number also includes Smart-branded vehicles.
"Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with luxury. That's why I'm very proud of this very special production anniversary: Fifty million vehicles produced is a significant milestone in the history of our company, and an exceptional achievement by the team," said Jorg Burzer, member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain.
The 50-millionth car is finished in a two-tone black and silver theme. Mercedes has not yet revealed a price tag for the Maybach S 580, but we know the luxury limousine will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 496 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, aided by a mild-hybrid system.
The outgoing Maybach S-Class started at $173,000, so we expect this new model to be within the same ballpark when it goes on sale in mid-2021.
Hitting 50 million units is a major milestone, but where does that stack up against other prominent automakers? Japanese automaker Honda built its 100-millionth car back in 2016, and one year later, Volkswagen produced its 150-millionth vehicle. As for Toyota, the volume automaker is far ahead of Mercedes, having built its 200-millionth model back in 2012.
Mercedes' biggest rival BMW hasn't posted any global production milestones lately but did build its five-millionth car in the United States last year. Of the 50 million cars, Mercedes proudly announced its 400,000th G-Wagon produced at the end of 2020.