Franz von Holzhausen

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Franz von Holzhausen
Picture of Franz von Holzhausen (front) seated in an office with Elon Musk
Franz von Holzhausen (front) with Elon Musk
Born (1968-05-10) May 10, 1968 (age 49)
Simsbury, Connecticut, United States
Residence San Carlos, California
Nationality American
Education Syracuse University (1986-1988),
ArtCenter College of Design (1988-1992)
Occupation Chief Designer, Tesla Inc.
Known for Chief Designer of Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X and Tesla Model 3
Spouse(s) Vicki von Holzhausen

Franz von Holzhausen (born May 10, 1968 in Simsbury, Connecticut) is an automobile designer, currently in charge of design at Tesla Inc. after resigning from his position at Mazda North American Operations on July 31, 2008.[1] He designed the Tesla Model S, an electric premium sedan starting in 2008.[2]


He was also an assistant design chief at Volkswagen.[when?] Earlier in Franz's career at Volkswagen, he had an instrumental involvement in the New Beetle concept project, known as "Concept One," under design lead J Mays (von Holzhausen saw the New Beetle concept through to production in Germany).[3]

After taking his role at Mazda on February 21, 2005, von Holzhausen led the design of the Mazda Kabura concept car that debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show.[citation needed] Prior to this, von Holzhausen designed the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky while Design Director at General Motors.[when?] He then went on to work for the car company Tesla where he is working presently, he is also known for designing the new versions of Tesla cars including the Model S, the Model X, the Model 3,[4] and the new Tesla Roadster.[5]


  1. ^ "Exclusive: Franz von Holzhausen joins Tesla Motors". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-09. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  2. ^ Loveday, Eric (2009-04-30). "Tesla Model S Designer Franz von Holzhausen Reveals How Perfectionism Drives Design". Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  3. ^ Loh, Edward (2012-10-01). "Designers on Design: Franz von Holzhausen on the McLaren P1". Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Detroit 2013: Tesla's Family Will Grow". 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 
  5. ^ Mark Vaughn (17 November 2017). "Tesla Roadster Sounds Incredible But Will It Be That Good?". AutoWeek. 

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