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My story starts as a kid. I've always loved cars and in fact, around age 11 I designed a car called the Chinchilla that had a "computer" that would help give you directions to where you wanted to go. I prided myself as a teenager in being able to identify almost every car on the road. So, when in November of 2012 I spotted an unfamiliar car, I was intrigued. I was attending the Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and while waiting for some colleagues, I noticed a beautiful and sleek sedan parked at the entrance. I asked what it was, I had never heard of it and took notice of at the large screen. But what really piqued my interest was the answer to my question "what type of transmission does it have?" Well, the Tesla employee explained, it did not have a transmission. I made a mental note to research the car later.
Today, we are truly honored to announce that Model X has been awarded the Golden Steering Wheel (Das Goldene Lenkrad), one of the most prestigious automotive awards in the world. Candidates for this award are nominated by hundreds of thousands across Europe for excellence across six categories. The Golden Steering Wheel jury, composed of professional race car drivers, accomplished technicians, editors, designers, and digital and connectivity experts, then spent three days judging Model X.
This excellence did not come without its share of challenges early on. Model X is a complex vehicle to build, and its advanced feature set introduced some obstacles as we ramped production in early 2016. In the months since, we have introduced significant updates to make Model X an even better car. Most of these refinements have rolled out as over-the-air software updates, which enhance each vehicle regardless of when it was built. For the small number of improvements that are hardware-related, changes have rolled out to our early owners via priority Tesla Service. We have implemented those same changes in our factory immediately, because we do not believe in waiting for the next model year to introduce improvements to our cars.