In a letter to employees announcing layoffs earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also said the company would be working on 'manufacturing design improvements' to the Model 3 to reduce production costs. Industry experts told Business Insider that so-called cost-down efforts are common in the auto industry but can take up to a year to implement. Former Tesla engineers we spoke to said that Tesla lacked a process for manufacturing improvements and that it could lead to confusion on the...

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