I’m always calm and relaxed.
Shilpa Bhatnagar advises cities and companies on how to make their public spaces and premises more appealing. Julian Van Marle has been a driver and manager of a chauffeuring company for 14 years. Both live in London – and have professional dealings with the UK capital on a more or less daily basis: Julian’s clients are mostly here on business, and Shilpa’s last project was centered on the area around London Bridge. While the urban planner generally gets around the city on foot to develop a feeling for the atmosphere of a location and its surroundings, Julian spends up to 18 hours a day in his car. When the pair meet up to test the C 300 h station wagon in London together, they agree that Julian should start off in the driving seat. The chauffeur is unfazed by the city traffic, steering the car confidently between the bicycles, buses, and taxis that often switch lanes without warning. “If I have guests in the car,” Julian says, “I’m always calm and relaxed. But when I’m on my own, I can probably be heard cursing from the other side of the street.”
C 300 h station wagon
Fuel consumption combined: 4.2–3.8 liter/100 km
CO2 emissions (combined): 106–99 g/km