Q & A: Mercedes-Benz’s Bruno Sacco

What Mercedes-Benz models do you consider to be your best designs?The 1980s W126 S-class, the 1990s R129 SL, the CLK, the SLK, and the W220 S-class that debuted in the late 1990s. But my favorite is the Mercedes-Benz 190 [W201] because of its importance to Mercedes.

Is there a model you designed that you’re unhappy with?The W140 S-class from the early 1990s, because it is four inches too tall.

What current designs do you like?I like what Cadillac is doing with some of its models. I did not like the Allant, but the Evoq show car and the XLR are good designs. It’s nice to see manufacturers come up with a new design language and develop it. But it is important to be careful which models a company chooses to feature an edgy design.

What current designs make you shake your head?Some of the SUVs from Korea. Also, BMW seems to lack a clear focus on its design theme. It is important to balance classic design themes when developing out-there designs.

What non-Mercedes designs are your favorites?The Lamborghini Miura, the Ferrari 275GTB, and–although I know it’s a Mercedes–the Gullwing.

What are your thoughts on retro design?It’s popular and it helps sell cars, but it offers little perspective on design. I do like the Mini, though.

What cars do you own?A Mercedes 560SEC. I love the car except for the large, plastic door-handle surrounds. I am considering having my car modified to fix this design flaw.

Say you have a long weekend ahead of you. What do you drive and where do you go?I would take a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren to Paris.

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