Fisker Returning With New Car, New Batteries


2011 Fisker Karma

Earlier this decade, Henrik Fisker launched the world’s first premium, range-extended plug-in-electric, luxury sports sedan.

To put that jumble of words into something a little more understandable, Fisker’s company created a plug-in hybrid luxury car called the Karma.

Fisker, a car designer credited with the likes of the BMW Z8, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and Aston Martin DB9, launched the Karma in 2011, but was bankrupt by 2014. The company’s remains were purchased by a Chinese investment group with plans to resurrect the Karma as a purely electric vehicle.

Included in the sale was the Fisker brand, so we all assumed Mr. Fisker’s days of car-company ownership were behind him.

Not so fast.

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Tesla Moves Ahead While Keeping an Eye Out for a Ghost

Fisker Karma

Tesla has reached its tipping point.

How do I know this? I can feel it. I can sense it. I credit my finely tuned sense of the automotive industry.

Well, that and I’m hearing about Tesla everywhere. In the news, in blogs, on drives with friends and coworkers, and while working in my front yard. Tesla has infiltrated the auto world, and things are looking great for the California automaker.

Unless Fisker’s rebirth poses as much of a problem as its new owner promises.

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New Fisker Owner Alienates Existing Owners

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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Uh-Oh: Fisker Karma Belonging to Consumer Reports Breaks Down

Consumer Reports' Fisker Karma

List of things you don’t want to happen:

  1. Have spinach stuck in your teeth for the duration of a first date.
  2. Buy a new car and have it break down on the way home.
  3. Have the car you built and sold to Consumer Reports break down even before it’s checked in.

A positive Consumer Reports review can make or break a new car. Even established cars can suffer when the great CR Oracle turns its head away, as the Honda Civic is well aware.

So what happens when a start-up automaker sells a $100,000 car to the almighty CR, only to have it on a flatbed truck moments later? It’s not going to be good.

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