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The Maybach 57 and 62 were the first automobile models of the Maybach brand since the brands revival by DaimlerChrysler. They are derived from the Mercedes Benz Maybach concept car presented at the 1997 Tokyo Motorshow (which was based on the Mercedes Benz S Class sedan). DaimlerChrysler attempted to buy the Rolls Royce/Bentley marque when Vickers offered the company up for sale. When this attempt failed (they were outbid by BMW and Volkswagen respectively) they introduced the Maybach as a direct challenger in 2002. Both models are variants of the same ultra luxurious automobile. The model numbers reflect the respective lengths of the automobiles in decimetres; the 57 is more likely to be owner driven while the longer 62 is designed with a chauffeur in mind. The engine is a Mercedes sourced 5.5 liter twin turbo V12, generating 550 hp.