Tesla’s General Manager Leaves the Company among China Expansion Plan image

The general manager of Tesla Motors in China has decided to leave the company, while the electric car maker prepares to expand in the world’s largest car-market.

Tesla’s General Manager Kingston Chang decided to resign due to personal reasons. The announcement was made by Tesla Vice President Veronica Wu in an email, but no further information was offered. Kingston Chang who joined the electric car maker from Volkswagen Group almost a year ago, also refused to give any information.

In March 2013 Chang left Bentley China, where he served as general manager, to join Tesla. He previously worked various companies such as Jebsen Group and Inchcape Plc and has a career of more than two decades in the automotive industry.

The decision comes as Tesla has started its expansion strategy in China, where, CEO Elon Musk plans to increase sales to match those in the US by 2015. Tesla has already started to take orders from Chinese customers for its electric Model S sedan and even opened a 800-square-feet store in a  shopping mall in Beijing to showcase its vehicles.

Tesla said that its Model S will be sold in China for $118,000 ( 734,000 yuan), but that it wants the model to qualify for the country’s electric vehicle subsidies. In the US the model sells for $81,000, without federal tax credits.