Franz Von Holzhausen design gallery

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Chief Tesla designer Franz Von Holzhausen has a long and interesting history of designing for various companies including GM, Madza and Volkswagen.

Here's a few of his designs of concept and production cars.

Mazda Nagare Concept:



Mazda Kabura



Pontiac Solstice:
 

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Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, and Opel GT were all designed by Franz. He also worked on the team that created the NEW Beetle for Volkswagen. My favorite though is the Mazda Furai:
 
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Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, and Opel GT were all designed by Franz. He also worked on the team that created the NEW Beetle for Volkswagen. My favorite though is the Mazda Furai:
Funny story, I love, loved the Saturn Sky. As a family, we always owned Saturn Vue's. When we were first married, I convinced my wife to let me get a Sky as my next vehicle. So we went to our Saturn dealership and went to test drive the car so I could buy it and I didn't fit in the car. I'm 6 feet 6 inches tall and have always drove a smaller cars. My car before was a Toyota Matrix, it was stole and the reason I was getting a new car. I wound up going with the Honda Fit. Still saddens me to this day that I couldn't get the Sky.
 

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Funny story, I love, loved the Saturn Sky. As a family, we always owned Saturn Vue's. When we were first married, I convinced my wife to let me get a Sky as my next vehicle. So we went to our Saturn dealership and went to test drive the car so I could buy it and I didn't fit in the car. I'm 6 feet 6 inches tall and have always drove a smaller cars. My car before was a Toyota Matrix, it was stole and the reason I was getting a new car. I wound up going with the Honda Fit. Still saddens me to this day that I couldn't get the Sky.
That's interesting. I thought for sure Franz was himself around 6'-4" to 6'-5". Surprising that he would design something he couldn't fit into himself. Especially for a GM company.
 

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Franz von Holzhausen (Tesla's chief designer) at # 36. Some steps to make next year.
Methinks that when a Model S Coupe and a Model ☰ Coupe appear he'll climb the ranks somewhat. Especially if a Model R supercar or Model Z hypercar appear about the same time. But everyone else has to get what they want before I can get what I want.



 

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Methinks that when a Model S Coupe and a Model ☰ Coupe appear he'll climb the ranks somewhat. Especially if a Model R supercar or Model Z hypercar appear about the same time. But everyone else has to get what they want before I can get what I want.



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It sounds like we're going to get Tesla trucks and minibuses before we get another sports car.
Sedans, SUVs, crossovers, minivans, pickups, minibuses, tractors, semis... Then? Maybe, when Tesla has a capacity of around 3,000,000 or 4,000,000 vehicles per year, they'll consider the notion of possibly, some day, thinking about doing a study, that will lead to an inquiry, and then a meeting of design analysis, to form a determination as to whether or not there might be an audience for a 'halo' vehicle of some sort that would be introduced as a concept at a car show to be determined in three or four years, with an announced intent to build in the far flung arena called 'The FUTURE!' that will never actually arrive, so that the low slung two seater hardtop convertible becomes an SUV with seating for nine and 3.5 cupholders per passenger instead. But, MAN! The poster sales for that concept car will be top notch!

See? That is the nightmare of conservative thinking wrapped in bureaucracy and steeped in the lack of imagination and drive that I hope never descends upon Tesla Motors, no matter how much practical, pragmatic, powerful people who 'know what they are doing' claim it to be somehow 'necessary'. I'd much rather that Tesla keeps moving faster than the speed of light and doing things that those guys aren't ready for, could not conceive on their own, and would not advise. Sometimes you just have to thoroughly ignore rational, well reasoned, calming, firmly confident advice in favor of doing what makes you feel good about yourself and what you are doing. I like that Elon Musk hires people in spite of their MBAs, not because of them.

That said, more people by the boring boxes than anything else these days, and for now those will have to be offered until Tesla can survive. I rather think they do so because of the limits in choice that are foisted upon them. Much like how on the freeway the cars are a seething mass of white, black, gray, grey, and silver vehicles in a broad swath of boring monotone shades. Not because those are particularly popular 'colors', but because the traditional automobile manufacturers and their primary Customers, 'independent franchised dealerships', lack the imagination to consider offering much of anything else. I believe that if people were offered an array of compelling electric vehicles that looked great and drove well all that would change for the better. So in addition to offering Coupes, Convertibles, Supercars, and Hypercars, I sincerely hope that Tesla offers a wide variety of actual COLORS for paint going forward, instead of mostly values.