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Tesla temporarily shuts down Model 3 production in Fremont

FILE PHOTO: A Tesla Model 3 sedan, its first car aimed at the mass market, is displayed during its launch in Hawthorne, California, U.S. March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Joe White/File Photo

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) on Monday said it was having a planned downtime on the Model 3 production, after a BuzzFeed report said the carmaker had temporarily shut down Model 3 production in the company's Fremont, California, plant without warning.

BuzzFeed report https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineodonovan/tesla-model-3-production-shutdown-delay-elon-musk?utm_term=.amBP632vJ&bftwnews#.uyJoVKrlv, citing Tesla employees, said workers were expected to use vacation day or stay home without pay during the four- to five-day production pause.

"These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates," a Tesla spokesperson said.

"This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this."

(Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler)