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Tesla on January 3 said it had pushed back its production targets for the Model 3.

Tesla shares fell as much as 3.6 per cent to US$305.68, the biggest intraday drop in five weeks.

Tesla said it made "significant advance" toward tending to the "generation bottlenecks" the organization reprimanded for falling so far shy of its Model 3 focuses in the second from last quarter.

The latest numbers for the two larger cars, plus the 1,810 Model 3s delivered since July, put total Tesla deliveries for 2017 at 103,122 vehicles. Looking ahead, Munster believes that Tesla may be able to boost Model 3 production in 2018 to 150,000 units.

Chief financial officer Deepak Ahuja said during an earnings call in November that cash flow will improve significantly once Tesla ramps up Model 3 output because the company will collect money from customers before paying its suppliers. It now expects to build some 2,500 of the sedan models a week by the end of the first quarter, half the number it had earlier promised. According to Reuters, firms predicted deliveries between 5,800 on the high end to 2,250 on the low end.

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Tesla has fallen short of Wall Street expectations by revealing that it delivered just 1550 examples of the Model 3 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Model 3 is critical to Tesla's long-term success, as it is the most affordable of its cars to date and is the only one capable of transforming the niche automaker to a mass producer amid a sea of rivals entering the nascent electric vehicle market.

Model 3 owner Daniel Zorrilla and auto-news website The Drive's editor-at- large Alex Roy embarked from Redondo Beach on December 28 and reached New York City in 50 hours, 16 minutes and 32 seconds, according to The Drive.

Only 1,550 Model 3s were delivered in 2017's fourth quarter, the company said in an online statement Wednesday. "The company has now said it is focused on quality versus volume, which is the right focus". Some of the initial Model S and Model X cars had software issues and hardware glitches. It built 793 Model 3 cars in the last seven working days of the fourth quarter, according to the press release issued Wednesday afternoon. The carmaker has been blowing through more than US$1 billion ($1.4b) a quarter as it's had trouble scaling up output despite spending heavily on robots, assembly lines and tooling for the sedan that is Musk's cheapest yet, starting at US$35,000.

Deliveries of the Model 3 are now "accelerating rapidly" to non-employee buyers, Tesla said, adding that "we're confident our customers will love them". The quarterly total is a 27% year-on-year rise, a 9% quarter-on-quarter increase and also the company's new all-time best quarter for S and X deliveries.