Merc boss Dieter Zetsche has admitted that the super luxury Maybach saloon will be facelifted next year - but he refused to confirm that a next-generation car was being planned, adding to rumours that the brand is being axed.

"The contribution of Maybach is not significant or relevant but there are only two players in this market and we are one of them. But there are no plans in the long run," he told Autocar.

Zetsche also revealed that he thinks that luxury buyers' tastes are changing towards more "discreet and subtle luxury".

Chas Hallett

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