We invited this unlikely couple to test the GLA 200.
She, a novice driver who occasionally borrows her mother’s car. He, an experienced sea captain and died-in-the-wool Mercedes driver. Together, they tested the GLA. Having got her driver’s license just four months ago, the next challenge facing Julie De Groditz is high school graduation. After decades at sea as a ship’s captain, 78-year-old Jürgen Schwandt is currently driving his fifth Mercedes. We invited this unlikely couple to Hamburg to test the GLA. Whereas Julie got the feel of the car by driving round the parking lot a couple of times, Captain Schwandt felt right at home in the GLA and immediately set course for the Köhlbrandbrücke. Asked by Julie if he had ever experienced freak waves, Schwandt recounted how he and his crew narrowly survived a heavy storm in the North Atlantic back in 1956. “When we finally landed in Lisbon after the storm,” he cheerfully reminisces, “we spent three days celebrating our deliverance.”
The schoolgirl found the mariner’s dry sense of humour entertaining. And Schwandt was equally complimentary about his companion: “She’s certainly a bright girl.”