Trade power tensions, regulatory hurdles and attempts by the West to counter Chinese competition are delaying the move.
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While General Motors has successfully tapped into the market for small, no-frills runarounds, Toyota is still in mid-size and SUV territory.
Continuity contracts and a deep understanding of semiconductor design and manufacturing equip the automaker to anticipate and mitigate shortages.
At least one new Nissan car will hit the Chinese market each year through 2025.
Making a vehicle represents a supply chain challenge even for Apple, a company with deep pockets that makes hundreds of millions of electronics products each year.
Musk and his team are preparing to outline new steps in Tesla's drive to become a more self-sufficient company less reliant on suppliers.
European firms are focusing on niche markets and new technologies rather than taking on Asian firms whose mass production is aimed at supplying electric vehicles.
The firm's practices are at odds with traditional automakers' methods, but are proving popular when measured by sales figures.
Allies of the chief operating officer are pressing the board to promote him to co-CEO, so he can drive the turnaround plan he is said to have engineered.
The carmaker will pull back from Europe and elsewhere to focus on the United States, China and Japan under a plan that represents a new strategic direction.