Tesla inks deal to buy German manufacturing engineering firm

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FILE - This Friday, July 20, 2012, file photo, shows the Tesla showroom at the Washington Square Mall, in Portland, Ore. Tesla Motors said Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, that it has agreed to buy German engineering company Grohmann Engineering to help ... automate its electric car manufacturing. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) (The Associated Press)

Tesla Motors says it has agreed to buy a German engineering company to help automate its electric car manufacturing.

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The company is buying buy Grohmann Engineering, which Tesla says is a leader in highly automated manufacturing methods.

Tesla expects to start building the $35,000 Model 3 electric car next year, and it wants to build 500,000 cars per year in two years. More than 300,000 people have put down deposits to reserve a Model 3.

Tesla expects to add more than 1,000 engineering and technician jobs in Germany over the next two years.

The company says the acquisition should bring improvement in the speed and quality of production at its Fremont, California, factory. The deal is expected to close early next year.

The purchase price wasn't disclosed.