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New Fisker Owner Alienates Existing Owners

March 14th, 2014

Fisker Karma

Let’s say you bought a Chevrolet. Not just any Chevrolet, but a really nice expensive one. In fact, let’s say you went crazy and checked all the boxes on a 2014 Corvette Stingray 3LT with the ZL5 performance package, carbon fiber roof, racing stripes—the whole shebang.

The purchase set you back about $75,000, but you love the car.

Now fast-forward two years. Let’s say General Motors had some serious trouble, went bankrupt (again), but this time was purchased by a foreign company. That company vowed to put products, like your Corvette, back into production but stop supporting, warranting or servicing models produced before bankruptcy.

How would you react?

For the answer, please speak with your nearest Fisker Karma owner.

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The Would You Rather Game: Karma Edition

February 19th, 2014

VL Destino

Have you ever played the “Would You Rather” game? It’s a wonderful way to get to know someone or discuss topics that might not otherwise come up in conversation.

There are thousands of possible questions, including scenarios like: Would you rather have a million dollars right now or get $40,000 per year for the rest of your life?

Of course the questions can get a lot more serious, funny or downright inappropriate. Today we’re going to play one round of “Would You Rather,” but first I’m going to give you some details so you can make an informed decision.

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Another EV Burns, Internal Combustion the “New” Trend

August 13th, 2012

Fisker fire

I haven’t made a secret of the fact that I’m not sold on hybrid or full electric vehicles.

While I believe cutting back on our use of oil can only be a good thing, doing so through the use of chemical-laden battery packs and coal-produced electricity kind of misses the point of helping the environment.

Since this hybrid hype began many years ago, I’ve been a staunch believer in the humble internal combustion engine. Many automakers believed the ICE could be refined to offer the kind of fuel savings the planet, and the planet’s drivers, need. Smaller-displacement engines and turbocharging can go a long way in boosting MPGs while keeping costs down. Why invent new technology when we can improve existing technology? I saw two stories this weekend that helped cement that belief.

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Green Update: Fisker Nina, Now Called Atlantic, Breaks Cover

April 3rd, 2012

Fisker Nina/Atlantic

People need to give Fisker a break. We told you last December about the financing debacle, and now, with a new car being announced, most auto writers are bringing it up again, along with the battery problems the Karma has faced.

The Fisker Atlantic (formerly the Nina) will be finally revealed (so far, it’s been mostly photos) in a press conference tonight and then at the New York Auto Show, opening Wednesday. This is to be Fisker’s smaller, half-price Karma (around $50K, we hear, before tax breaks), and will likely be made at the company’s Delaware plant.

The car is slated to use a BMW 2-liter turbo four rather than the GM turbo that the Karma uses for charging. A crossover and a coupe may come later. Look for the car to appear in late 2013. It looks beautiful.

Slamming Fisker is easy; producing an entirely new plug-in hybrid from scratch is not. The company has never failed to come clean about its problems, and while there are no shortage of critics laughing at Fisker’s Green Luxury concept, if it gets the Atlantic right, there will be buyers.

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Volt Owners Are Giggling: Fisker Karma Gets Low EPA Rating

October 20th, 2011

Fisker Karma Hybrid

The EPA just rated the series plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma sedan, and the company immediately put out a press release saying how “delighted” it was at the results. What?!

The EPA rated the Karma at 52 mpge (mpg “equivalent” for EVs and hybrids, that is, for combined city/highway driving). The company had projected 100 mpge and still says it “firmly believes” you’ll get up to 50 miles on a charge. EPA says, no, you’re gonna get 32 miles on battery alone, and another 20 mpg when the gas-powered range extender kicks in. And probably a lot less driving in Sport mode.

The similarly powered Chevrolet Volt was rated at 94 mpge and costs $39,000. The Karma has three versions priced at $96,000-$109,000. “The top EcoChic edition is an animal-free showcase of high-end textiles, faux suede, and rescued California wildfire hardwood.” So says Car and Driver, while Volt drivers continue laughing.

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