YOUNTVILLE, CA – The ’12 Mercedes-Benz CLS is the tri-star brand’s first production car born in its Carlsbad, CA, studio. But the 4-door coupe was conceived some six hours up the road, its designer confides. Hubert Lee, creative director-advanced design division, says he and some colleagues attended the 2008 Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, CA, where they were thunderstruck by a 1930s-era Mercedes Autobahn Kurier. Says Lee: “The moment I saw it, I was like, ‘This is it. We’ve got ...

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