​Tesla Reportedly Slashing Jobs In China After Missing Sales Target

Elon Musk is apparently making good on his promise to cut jobs in China after another dismal sales month.


According to a report by Chinese newspaper the Economic Observer, the automaker is cutting 30 percent of its workforce in the country, eliminating 180 of its 600 positions.

Tesla isn't confirming the numbers, but told Reuters that it's in the process of a restructuring plan that was launched earlier this year to "build up a strong and efficient team to respond more quickly to the market," according to Tesla spokesman Gary Tao.

Sales data from the investment researchers at JL Warren Capital indicates that 496 Teslas were registered in China this January – on par with sales the previous two months – while it only imported 10 cars that month.

The staff cuts is just the latest restructuring by Tesla in China, where Veronica Wu, the head of the automaker in the country left last December after a turbulent year on the job. This comes at the same time that Tesla is undergoing a hiring spree, where it's nearly doubled its staff to over 10,000 employees globally.


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