Today in Berlin Germany takes place The Gala of the Golden Steering Wheel competition with all the CEO's of the traditional German car companies.
Das Goldene Lenkrad (Golden Steering Wheel) is one of the best-known German awards for new car models. It has been awarded since 1976 by the Axel Springer SE owned-tabloid BILD am Sonntag ("BamS"), since 2009 in cooperation with Auto Bild.
Tesla Model 3 received an award, because it scored the most points. For the jury, Tesla Model 3 was the biggest surprise. The jury thinks "Model 3 is cool". But we all understand that just for coolness do not give so many points. Tesla Model 3 is superior to other cars in terms of parameters such as agility, equipment and low cost of owning, which brings it more points than any other finalist.
Elon Musk and Barbara Schöneberger - screenshot from Die Verleihung des Goldenen Lenkrads 2019: Das sind die besten Autos des Jahres!
Elon Musk bei der Verleihung des Goldenen Lenkrads in Berlin. Das Model 3 räumte den Preis für das beste Auto in der Mittel-/Oberklasse abFoto: Bild am Sonntag/Niels Starnick
Award of the Golden Steering Wheel 12 November 2019, Berlin: Elon Musk, head of Tesla, is awarded the Golden Steering Wheel. Photo: Jörg Carstensen/dpa (Photo by Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images)
From left to right: (v.l.) Marc Lichte (Chefdesigner Audi), Yasuhiro Aoyama (Präsident und CEO Mazda Motor Europe), Steffen Cost (Geschäftsführer Kia Motor Deutschland), Anish Taneja (President Michelin Region Europe North), Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler (Vorstand Technische Entwicklung bei Audi), Christian Strube (Entwicklungsvorstand Skoda), Adrian van Hooydonk (Designchef BMW Group), Tetsuya Tada (Chief Engineer GR Supra bei Toyota), Oliver Zipse (CEO BMW), Elon Musk (CEO Tesla), Moderatorin Barbara Schöneberger und Ralf Speth (CEO Jaguar/Land Rover)Foto: Bild am Sonntag/Niels Starnick
Also, right on the stage, Elon Musk announced that Tesla Gigafactory 4 will be built in the "Berlin area".
The location of the plant in Europe has long been the subject of speculation. More recently, Tesla commented on the results of the third quarter. At that time it was said that Tesla was going to choose a place for Gigafactory 4. At an event in Berlin, Elon Musk announced not only that the work would be created in Germany, but also in the “Berlin area”.
At the request of the moderator for more information, Musk said: “Today, there is not enough time to discuss all the details. I can only tell you that it will be built near the new airport. "Musk did not give any details about the Gigafactory 4 schedule. A few months ago, he said that the European Gigafactory should be ready by the end of 2021.
In addition, according to Elon Musk, a design center will be built in Berlin. Again, he did not give any additional information.
According to local government officials, Tesla was specifically looking at Gigafactory sites in Lower Saxony earlier this year, but now the Berlin region is confirmed.
Today, the automaker has also started listing its first jobs for Gigafactory 4 on their career website, and they are listing them in Germany, but the jobs are “remote,” according to the listings:
I express my gratitude to Alex Catrey for additional information used in the article.