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Franz von Holzhausen news -The electric Furai? - 2008

The era of the electric car you actually want to drive
might just have moved a bit closer, with the news that Mazda designer Franz von
Holzhausen has just taken the top job at Tesla Motors.

This might sound like a boring bit of industry
dullness, but consider this: von Holzhausen was the man behind the incredible
Furai concept car and the evolution of Mazda’s swoopy ‘Nagare’ design language.

He’d even been tipped for the top design job at Ford,
so it’s a big move to up sticks and head out to a tiny electric car company in
Silicon Valley.

However, Tesla has big plans. Following the Elise-based
Roadster, we expect to see an all-electric four-door… and
maybe a full range of voltage-eatin’ cars after that.

“We are going to turn the world on its ear and
create high demand through design,” says von Holzhausen. “We are
looking to where automobiles are going in the future.”

So how does an
emissions-free sports car with Furai-style bodywork and frugal running costs
strike you? Yeah, us too. Best of luck, Mr von Holzhausen.

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