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7 days, 5 cities: A road trip in the new Mercedes-Benz CLA!

Guest article: #UrbanDiscovery – 7 days, 5 cities.

A road trip in the new Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Text: Willy Iffland

Interesting tour across the continent.

Fashion capital Milan, cosmopolitan Paris, tranquil Antwerp, incredibly beautiful Amsterdam and Berlin – my adopted home city of many years’ standing. These 5 major cities were stops on a little trip across the continent. Together with a number of other influencers, I was invited by Mercedes-Benz to take part in an #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

An interesting tour across the continent.

The means of transport for this trip was the driving force behind the whole affair: We duly took up in a brand spanking new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé and an equally mint Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake.

Point of interest: Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC Shooting Brake.

CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC Shooting Brake: Fuel consumption combined: 6.9 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 160 g/km.*

A proper appearance.

I didn’t think twice when asked whether I wanted to be part of the trip. Let’s face it, who in their right mind would pass by such a one-off chance and miss out on such a great experience? I’m glad I took up the offer – each day of our little road trip really was unique, and I had the chance to get to know the cities we visited in a special way that would not have been possible otherwise.

Regrettably, my schedule didn't allow me time to travel to Milan, so I was only able to join up with the merry band of travellers at the second stop in Paris. Despite my tardy arrival, I was greeted with a warm welcome from my esteemed and familiar colleagues. But my attention turned first of all to the main points of interest: the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé and the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake – our wheels for the trip.

Stylish set on wheels: Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé during the #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

Stylish set on wheels.

As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things automotive, I must say that the world-class calibre of both cars was apparent as soon as I climbed aboard and found myself in an ultra-stylish interior with all the refinements you could wish for. Being tall, I sometimes find it difficult getting comfortable in a car – no danger of that in this lavish number!

 

Then the actual proceedings got underway – our drive to the next stopover in Antwerp. I hadn’t realised what petrol-heads the French are – we were the centre of attention in our stylish conveyances as we made our way through the streets of the French capital. It is true to say that we frequently found ourselves the focus of admiring attention in the course of our trip – and I’m sure it wasn’t the vehicle’s occupants that had people transfixed.

Lifestyle from close up.

So on we went – safely, comfortably and incredibly speedily to Antwerp. And my first visit to this dreamy port will definitely not be my last: beautiful architecture, relaxed people, great food. Belgium’s second-largest city is a true delight.

 

The same goes for Amsterdam: Our visit to the city with its plethora of waterways was blessed with the most radiant sunshine, and anyone who has had the pleasure of sipping their afternoon coffee at the canals understands what makes this city one of the most beautiful on the whole continent.

Lifestyle from close up: #UrbanDiscovery in Amsterdam.
Design-oriented and fashion conscious: Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé during the #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

Design-oriented and fashion conscious.

The fashion-conscious and design-oriented people made a particular impression on me – after all, I consider myself to be of their ilk. As such, I was thrilled by the accompanying programme. Rather than just ushering us along from one city to the next, Mercedes-Benz granted us an insight into the development of a sporty car. Regrettably, the trip came to a premature end for me in Amsterdam, as I had work commitments elsewhere. I took my leave of my fellow travellers with plenty of great memories accompanied by a tinge of melancholy – if I had had my way, the trip could have gone on for ever.

Design-oriented and fashion conscious.

The fashion-conscious and design-oriented people made a particular impression on me – after all, I consider myself to be of their ilk. As such, I was thrilled by the accompanying programme. Rather than just ushering us along from one city to the next, Mercedes-Benz granted us an insight into the development of a sporty car. Regrettably, the trip came to a premature end for me in Amsterdam, as I had work commitments elsewhere. I took my leave of my fellow travellers with plenty of great memories accompanied by a tinge of melancholy – if I had had my way, the trip could have gone on for ever.

Design-oriented and fashion conscious: Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé during the #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the respective author and not those of the Daimler AG.

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