It’s a touching video, depicting Dr. Z saying goodbye to his colleagues and walking out of the Daimler headquarters to an awaiting S-Class. Zetsche looks out the window wistfully as the car passes Stuttgart landmarks. He arrives at home, and prepares to go for a leisurely drive. We see a garage door open, and the grille of a vintage Mercedes looms in the background. Then, the punchline.
The video is a fitting tribute from a historic rival, with an appropriate amount of respectful, good-natured humor. It works, even if you surmised what was coming. The words at the end seem sincere: “Thank you, Dieter Zetsche, for so many years of inspiring competition.” We’re certain it doesn’t end here.