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When we catch up with him in Melbourne, he’s watching over the new Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class ahead of the private reveal to Mercedes-Benz retailers. It’s his role to travel with the vehicle, making sure it’s looking its best as it’s viewed by audiences for the first time ahead of its Australian release in 2018.
He’s quick to remind us that jetting around the world with a show car might sound easy, but it’s only part of his position. ‘My main job is technical product and media support for vans,’ Sascha explains. He’s part of a team of approximately 25 people that manage the exhibition vehicles and special events. Day-to-day his responsibilities are as diverse as arranging air freight for a vehicle ahead of an event to working with the factory to prepare cars for media exposure. He kept a watchful eye over the Concept X-Class in Stockholm, Sweden, when it was launched in October 2016, then travelled to subsequent reveals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and now Australia.
We think it sounds like a lot of fun, but Sascha tells us that it’s not as easy as it sounds to oversee the transportation of what he calls a ‘sculpture on wheels’. Getting the Concept X-Class from Germany to Melbourne was a challenge, especially because its matte finish is easily marked. Nonetheless, he’s managed hurdles along the way and enjoyed the perks which have included exploring Phillip Island and other areas in Victoria where the ute has been photographed. ‘I was on Bells Beach on my first day in Australia. It’s an adventure, I love it,’ he adds.
As if we weren’t envious enough, he also tells us that he’s part of the team that supports Mercedes-Benz in the Rally Aicha de Gazelle, an off-road 2500-kilometre marathon where teams journey through the Sahara Desert with nothing but a compass and a map. ‘We start with four cars every year and have won the race for the past three years,’ he says.
It’s certainly a thrilling way to make a living, but it’s an exhausting one, too. After he leaves us in Melbourne, Sascha returns to Germany to plot his next stop and has no plans to plant his foot on the break any time soon. ‘The Concept X-Class is an exciting car for me. I like working in the van family. It’s moving forward and it’s a nice job,’ he concludes.