• Mar 26, 2008
Over the last three decades, there's been a common thread making Mercedes designs instantly recognizable and a lot of credit for that belongs to MBZ design boss Peter Pfeiffer. After forty years at Mercedes-Benz, and thirty years overseeing design, Pfeiffer is headed for retirement within the next 12 months. It was under Pfeiffer's pen that Mercedes turned out some of its most important cars. Vehicles like the 190, the W126 S-Class, original E-Class, and more recent work like the R, M, and G-class non-cars, to name a few. Gorden Wagener, president of Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design in North America is a name being bandied about as Pfeiffer's replacement, and Mercedes will be making an official announcement soon. After such a long stint under the same chief, it will be interesting to see whether Mercedes design changes, and if so, how those changes will be received by the public.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      They need someone that will revolutionize their designs like what Bangle's awesome designs did for BMW
        • 6 Years Ago
        "They need someone that will revolutionize their designs like what Bangle's awesome designs did for BMW"

        That's satire I assume.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow how many executives of his stature stay with a company for so long? My hat is off to him.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GOOD!! Maybe Mercedes can focus on making more "aggressive" sporty designs. And Im not talking about AMG or Black-Series. I think thats the one thing that sets BMW and Mercedes apart. Just look at the difference b/w a stock X5 or 5-series and M-Class or E-Class. Its almost night and day. No wonder alot of "older" and dare I say "women" lean towards Mercedes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of all the people who need to be sh_tcanned at MB, the head of design is not one of them (and yes, I know he's stepping down, not getting fired). Mercedes' cars look just fine.

      Start with the Dieter Zetsche, move to the heads of marketing and engineering and wipe out the next 5% below them. Finally, be sure to save a special circle of hell for whomever is responsible for QA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looking forward to newer designs... Maybe some that, well, aren't so similar on ALL models...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just saw this, too bad he is stepping down but I am sure they have a good replacement ready.
      On another front, I just hope that besides designing nice car the firm gets its online presence in shape, it is so boring that the firm even decided to drop its Second Life island - no visitors came over - failure.
      4 Lessons we can Learn from Mercedes-Benz, AOL and Wells Fargo
      http://commetrics.com/?p=9

      Some more excitement would be nice but if its cars were as boring as its online presence, who would purchase anyhting see here http://Daimler.com

      Thanks
      • 6 Years Ago
      While I did like Sacco's W140 S better, Pfeiffer's designs are those that immediately come to mind as the iron clad, bombproof x00,000 mile MBs. Where W124 is a dead serious, un-killable industrial machine, C219 (CLS) is a sinewy, gorgeous, fluid supermodel that I wouldn't realistically expect to outlast a contemporary Chevrolet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So... Mercedes now has the opportunity to Bangle their designs, too.

      Of course, notoriety has its benefits. Bangle rates a Wiki page; Pfeiffer doesn't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Peter Pfeiffer"

      ^ROFL. Now he can go pick pecks of pickled peppers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dammit, John, you beat me to the punch...
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha -- that was the first thing that crossed my mind when i first read the article
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