The Maybach company was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son, producing their first car in 1919. Two years later, Maybach began producing a variety of opulent vehicles, while also building engines for rail and marine vehicles. Then, during World War II, they built engines for German tanks. Auto production ceased until 1960, when Maybach was acquired by Daimler-Benz. The brand returned as a standalone ultra-luxury car brand in the late 20th century, sharing many components with Mercedes-Benz. After slow sales, the Maybach name once again became a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, which is owned by Daimler AG. Daimler currently produces an ultra-luxury edition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class under the Mercedes-Maybach brand.