In August, Doug Field, a former Tesla engineering executive who oversaw Model 3 production, ended up back at Apple. In its 2017 third quarter update, Tesla proudly proclaimed the "Model 3 has been designed for manufacturability, so the auto itself is not hard to build". But the company fell far short due to problems with automation at its Fremont, California, factory, making just 793 in the last week of 2017 and 2,700 for the entire year.
The company said in a filing that no government agency in ongoing investigations has concluded that any wrongdoing occurred. "As is our normal practice, we have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with government authorities". It didn't hit the 5,000-a-week target until June 2018. "Quality has historically been an issue for Tesla but early buyers were willing to accept that because they bought into image - the mass market will not be so forgiving".
Iran summons Danish envoy over alleged deadly Tehran plot
Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism , the Trump administration said in an annual report in September . The EU has been trying to save the deal that curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for lifting worldwide sanctions.
Musk says Tesla wants to release products that make people happy.
In October, Elon Musk stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tesla under the agreement with the Commission on securities and stock exchanges of the United States of America, who accused the businessman of fraud.
Tesla has weathered a rocky few months in the wake of Musk's tweets that he had "funding secured" for a deal, later scuttled, to take Tesla private.
"Insanely painful", the businessman said in an interview with Recode.