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his is def­i­nitely a great car,” de­clares Ed­win Chuang. The ve­hi­cle in ques­tion is the new Mercedes-benz E-class, the 10th gen­er­a­tion of the brand’s busi­ness sa­loon. Ed­win, the CEO and founder of bou­tique ho­tel op­er­a­tor sáv Hos­pi­tal­ity, has been be­hind the wheel for about 20 min­utes, nav­i­gat­ing from the stun­ning water­front set­ting of the Red­hill Penin­sula along the south side of Hong Kong Is­land and over its cen­tral spine of moun­tains.

Ed­win knows a fair bit about good de­sign— and about cars. With a back­ground in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment, he is a qual­i­fied ar­chi­tect, ur­ban plan­ner and in­te­rior de­signer who grad­u­ated from the pres­ti­gious Par­sons School of De­sign in New York. He spear­headed his com­pany’s re­cent ex­pan­sion into the hos­pi­tal­ity world with sáv, an acro­nym that stands for “stylish, at­ti­tude, vi­sion­ary”—the brand’s key val­ues. His ven­tures now in­clude a ho­tel in Hung Hom and oth­ers in Xi­a­men, Taipei and Cebu.

The en­tre­pre­neur’s first car was a Mercedesbenz E-class, which he owned when he was liv­ing in Bos­ton in 2003, and his love af­fair with the mar­que has con­tin­ued ever since. He owns an A-class hatch­back, which he uses for daily driv­ing around Hong Kong.

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