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Tim Culpan

Foxconn May Be About to Prove Elon Musk Wrong

The maker of iPhones could bring a lot to the electric vehicle market — if it lets partner Fiat Chrysler breathe.

Leave the designing to the car professionals.

Leave the designing to the car professionals.

Photographer: Craig Ferguson/LightRocket/Getty

Five years ago, in a routine display of trash talking, Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk made a now infamous quip about how hard it is to manufacture automobiles.

“Cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches,’’ he told German newspaper Handelsblatt. “You can’t just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car.”