To be completely honest, it felt normal to me. I expected it and was pleased; it was somehow my turn. When I took up that senior position, one thing we were developing was the new S-Class, the 126 series. I knew we needed it to meet the highest expectations, both of our customers and my employer – that was always what I was motivated by. And the result was good for about a decade, before the time slowly rolled around for a successor S-Class. The W 126 was already in line with my vision of the future at that time. We had to take new environmental and safety aspects into account, and earn the distinction of timelessness: an effective car should be loved both in its own era and as a classic car. The bodywork of the W 126 was lighter, kept its shape better, and was more streamlined. We designed a new front and rear apron, for example, and for the first time had windscreen wipers that were stowed under the bonnet when not in use, and there were the “Sacco panels” – side coverings made from plastic, which had not been done before. And I recognised that being responsible for the design rather than designing it myself was different altogether. It put me in the role of the conductor.