Mazda North America's top designer moves to Tesla Motors as design director
5 August 2008

Franz von Holzhausen, Mazda’s young North American design director, has resigned to take the top job at Tesla Motors.

He’ll become Design Director of a yet-to-be established Tesla studio, working on the fledgling electric car company’s future models.

Von Holzhausen, 39, had been seen as Mazda’s star designer, and oversaw the development of the incredible Furai racing concept car, among other projects. Industry insiders have described his new career move as ‘bold’.

It’s understood that Tesla boss Elon Musk personally headhunted von Holzhausen for the job. Musk wants him to establish his own LA-based design team and entice other highly regarded designers to Tesla.

Although Autocar’s sources say von Holzhausen made an immense contribution to developing Mazda’s next-generation ‘Nagare’ design philosophy, his departure is unlikely to affect its implementation on future Mazda models. Global design boss Laurens van den Acker will continue to guide Mazda’s design direction.

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6 August 2008

But von Holzhausen saids, "I'm looking forward to working at a new startup company that doesn't have the confines of a large OEM,” adding that “we are going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design…looking to where automobiles are going in the future."

v8

6 August 2008

and your point is ?

6 August 2008

Hmmm. Unfortunately it seems my posts keep getting edited or deleted entirely. Funny that.

Could it be because the quote in my earlier post was stolen from an interview conducted by CDN?
Exclusive: Franz von Holzhausen joins Tesla Motors

6 August 2008

haha. They've gone and made Car Design News an expletive!

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