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Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Hires Ex-Nissan Car Designer

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According to emerging reports, California based electric vehicles producer, Tesla Motors Inc , has hired a well-known designer. An article published on Electrek on the 05/09/2016 stated that Randy Rodriguez has been recruited by Tesla as a Senior Lead Exterior Designer.

Tesla’s New Designer is Highly Experienced

He previously worked at Nissan’s design team for more than 10 years, and he designed the exterior of the iconic Nissan 370Z (2009) and the Nissan Titan (2016.) His experience with the Nissan Titan pickup could be very useful for Tesla, as they are currently developing an electric pickup. Furthermore, Randy also submitted the original design for the Icon A5 Aircraft.

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Klaus Tritshler, head of design at Icon, said “Randy is an incredibly creative designer with the ability to express the excitement of the experience in the form of the vehicle. His passion for creating emotional, futuristic shapes allows him to break free from convention and create designs that meaningfully move the needle. Randy’s work for ICON Aircraft was instrumental and established the design direction for the highly successful A5.”

Tesla Motors Inc  unveiled their new, low-cost EV early this year (on the 31/03/2016), called the Model 3. It is much cheaper than traditional Tesla electric vehicles, with a starting price of just $35,000. It has recently been suggested that Tesla could soon start to experience more competition in the EV sector, with Mercedes planning to release 6 electric cars in the next few years.

Crucial Time for Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA)

Tesla Motors Inc’s  stock price was down by %1.49 (or $2.99) as the NASDAQ closed on the 05/09/2016. The American car maker currently has a market cap of $$27.85 billion, and their stock is currently near a 3-month low. 2016 has been an action-packed year for the firm, after several autopilot crashes raised doubts over the safety of their technology, and Tesla’s merger with SolarCity unnerved many Tesla shareholders, forcing their stock price down.

The company opened its new Gigafactory, which is based in Reno, Nevada, just a few months ago. The facility is an integral part of Tesla’s infrastructure, as it manufactures lithium-ion batteries.

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