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S-Class Director Talks 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, Autonomous Tech

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/21/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Maybach is back with a vengeance. Mercedes unwrapped the highly anticipated Mercedes-Maybach S600 at the Los Angeles auto show. We sat down with Mercedes-Benz' very own Dr. Hermann Storp Director of Global S-Class Development to chat about the new Mercedes-Maybach S600, and here are four interesting things we learned.

-Don't hold your breath for a Mercedes-Maybach-AMG S600: According to Dr. Storp, the two Mercedes lines won't ever meet. "We never discussed it, but it wouldn't make sense," says Herr Doktor Storp. The result would be too compromised and thus unfitting for either the Maybach or AMG brands.

S-Class Director Talks 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, Autonomous Tech 2016 Mercedes Maybach S600© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mercedes Maybach S600

-Among the things that separate the Mercedes-Maybach from lesser S-Classes are special tires with a layer designed to eat up noise, vibration, and harshness from the road, and the fact that no plastic can be found in its cabin.

-The Autonomous S-Class is coming: The technology that allows your S-Class to drive itself is already there, but legislative issues are holding up the technology from making its way to consumers. "From a technical point of view you can [have a self-driving S-Class now], but from a lawyer's [point of view] in many different countries, we are not yet allowed to do what we already know how to do.

-There were originally five competing designs for the current-gen S-Class: Mercedes started out with five different designs for the current-generation S-Class, but it was quickly whittled down to two competing designs. "One design was very, very modern -- it was a revolution," said Dr. Storp, "And at the end we had two designs left, and these two were combined to the solution you see nowadays. "

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