Tesla announced yesterday that the just-opened position of vice president of production would be filled by Peter Hochholdinger, who leaves Audi after 22 years to join the electric automaker. The production VP position opened up earlier this month when Greg Reichow left. Josh Ensign, the vice president of manufacturing, left at about the same time. A replacement for this position has not yet been announced.

Hochholdinger's new assignment will be, unsurprisingly, to "increase and improve Model S and Model X production, as well as help build a scalable, cost-effective and quality manufacturing program specifically designed for Model 3." Tesla has admitted to a bit of "hubris" with the Model X, so we assume Hochholdinger will be spending a lot of time thinking about those overly complicated Falcon Wing doors in the near future.

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Peter Hochholdinger is joining Tesla as VP of Vehicle Production. At Tesla, Peter will be responsible for continuing to increase and improve Model S and Model X production, as well as help build a scalable, cost-effective and quality manufacturing program specifically designed for Model 3.

Peter joins Tesla from Audi where he has spent the last 22 years working across the entire production chain. He is currently responsible for leading the production of Audi's A4, A5 and Q5 vehicles, including 14 derivatives of those models, at Audi's flagship production facility for volume and technology. In total, Peter is responsible for the production of about 400,000 vehicles annually at Audi while managing thousands of employees. Peter has also been serving as an advisor for bringing Audi's new production facility online in Mexico, guiding the implementation of the production processes that are responsible for the standard of quality expected at Audi.

Tesla is excited to have Peter join the team.

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