Maybach was founded in 1909 by German car manufacturer, Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl Maybach under the name Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau (translated, "Aircraft Engine Building Company"). In 1912 the company was renamed to Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH (translated, "Maybach Engine Construction Company"). Originally developing and manufacturing diesel and gas powered engines for Zeppelins and rail cars, it wasn't until 1919 when the company built an experimental car and introduced it in 1921 at the Berlin Auto Show as a production car. Maybach is now a luxury car line of Mercedes Benz that is owned by Daimler AG.