The main building measures more than 35,000 square-feet and employed up to 20 staff when in was in Chrysler’s hands. It is credited with a number of important models including the 300 sedan and Dodge Challenger muscle car, and it was also one of the first automotive design centers opened in California by a major carmaker – first opening its doors in 1983.
Mercedes already has a design studio in California, which is located 51 miles north of the Pacifica site in Irvine. It only measures 13,000 square-feet and has been open since 1990, according to Automotive News.
This latest news comes just months after the announcement that Mercedes’ U.S. design chief Gorden Wagener is set to replace Peter Pfeiffer as the luxury brand’s global design boss.