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  • Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller attacked Tesla CEO
    Elon Musk for making big announcements while his actual car
    business suffers.
  • Tesla recently fired hundreds of workers as the company
    struggles to ramp up production for the Model 3.

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller attacked Tesla for burning
through cash at an unprecedented rate and firing its workforce.

Muller made his comments while sitting on a panel about the
future of the automotive industry. The comments were first
reported by the Daily Kanban, which
we spotted through Ars Technica.

“If I am correctly informed, Tesla each quarter destroys millions
of dollars in the three digits, and it willy-nilly fires its
workers,” Muller said, as translated from German by the Daily
Kanban. “Social responsibility? Please.”

Tesla has only turned a profit
twice
 in its company history. Earlier this month,
Tesla fired hundreds of
workers
 as it struggles to ramp up production for the
Model 3. The company only manufactured 260 vehicles in September
when it had targeted 1,500 cars.

The mass firing followed September cuts Tesla made to its
solar arm
. The company fired dozens of employees out of
its Northern California office at the time.

Muller seemed to attack Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s propensity for
making big announcements while his core automotive business
suffers. Per the Daily Kanban:

Now I really need to say a few words about Tesla: With all
respect, there are some world champions of big announcements in
this world—I don’t want to name names. There are companies that
barely sell 80,000 cars a year. Then there are companies like
Volkswagen that sell 11 million cars this year, and produce a
profit of 13 or 14 billion euro. If I am correctly informed,
Tesla each quarter destroys millions of dollars in the three
digits, and it willy-nilly fires its workers. Social
responsibility? Please. We should not not get carried away and
compare apples with oranges.

The comments were made as Volkswagen looks to move past its
emissions-cheating scandal. The German automaker paid regulators $14.7
billion
in a settlement.

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