TodayApril 17, 2022

Gorden Wagener on the Ocean drive concept

2007 – Gorden Wagener, President Mercedes-Benz, Advanced Design of North America, drove Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, and, in his newest concept, the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive. Is this the precursor to the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive that will debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance?

What did Wagener think about when designing the Ocean Drive?

Will the car come to production?

Is there anything in the car that could not make it to production?
Wagener goes through the design of the car, including the cupholders in the back, the convertible insulation and the flattened steering wheel.

Where did Wagener’s inspiration come from?

What would the cost of the Ocean drive be if it did come to production?

Wagener works in the C-Class and E-Class as well as creating concepts for Mercedes-Benz.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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