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The New Fisker Karma Could Be Just Like the Old Fisker Karma


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Time marches on unless it's the 2012 Fisker Karma we're talking about.

Plan to Restart Fisker Production Detailed after New Chinese Owners’ US Visit


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Wanxiang is the Chinese auto parts giant that acquired troubled automaker Fisker, and is now looking to improve and re-release the company’s sole model, the Karma.

Chinese Owners of Fisker Say Second Model Could Come in 2017


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It seems that the new Chinese owners of Fisker, parts giant Wanxiang, have discovered some 250 “bugs” that need tending to before the Karma is worthy for production yet again. It could have been some of these problems that caused the fires and general niggles that were reported on the first cars to come out.

New Fisker Owner Ready to Spend Whatever it Takes to Beat Tesla


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Lu Guanqiu, the chairman and founder of China’s Wanxiang Group which owns Fisker, is planning to build electric cars in the U.S. and challenge Tesla Motors right in its home market.

Fisker Karma to Reenter Production in Mid-2015; May not be Called Fisker Any More...


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We initially reported that production of the Fisker Karma would be restarted “by the end of 2014,” but now it seems that it’s been pushed back again, closer to mid-2015, according to a new report.

Henrik Fisker Designs Viking Custom Bike Concept for Denmark’s Lauge Jensen


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Henrik Fisker’s automotive manufacturing adventure has ended, but that doesn’t mean that the Danish designer can’t delight gearheads with his creations. Unlike some of his famous designs like the Aston Martin DB9 or BMW Z8, his latest work has only two wheels.

Wanxiang to Restart Fisker Production by End of 2014, Continue Atlantic Development


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The new Chinese owners of Fisker, Wanxiang, have recently made statements that they are looking to restart production of the Karma sedan by the end of 2014, after it paid $149.2 (€108.5) million to gain full control last month. On top of this, they also want to finish developing the company’s second model, the Atlantic.

Fisker Now Belongs to China’s Wanxiang


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Fisker made one of the best-looking four-door saloons ever conceived in the modern era (its biggest selling point that outweighed its green credentials). However, the Karma was (is?) a by many accounts, an ill-made car that had many impractical features and a known small likelihood of spontaneously catching fire.

Fisker Could Be Saved by Last-Minute Bid from China’s Largest Auto Parts Supplier


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Wanxiang, China’s largest auto parts company, made a last-minute bid for Fisker Automotive just days before the bankrupt company was to be sold to a Hong Kong tycoon.

Lutz Says ZR1-Powered Karma On Track for 2014 Launch, will Present New Body Style in Detroit


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When Fisker went down under earlier this year, questions arose about the future of Bob Lutz's latest venture with VL Productions, which had presented a Corvette ZR1 V8-powered version of the Karma saloon at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

And indeed, there were problems, however, Lutz told Automotive News on Thursday that the Detroit venture company has succeeded in buying 25 unsold Karmas while also settling a dispute with an Asian investor that had prohibited VL Productions from accessing the codes that operate the vehicle's infotainment system.

German Company Interested in Buying Fisker Makes First Formal Offer


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You may remember us reporting on a German company called Fritz Nol (or Nols?) that was looking to purchase ailing automaker Fisker. Back when we posted the story, it was not an official move, but now the company says it has sent a signed, concrete offer and is waiting for a reply.

Fisker May Fall Into German Hands for $25 Million


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The Fisker Karma is too pretty a car for the world to lose right now, and it genuinely doesn’t seem to want to go away peacefully. After making us think things were all-but dead and buried, it has now come to our attention that a German company called Fritz Nois AG is interested in acquiring Fisker for $25 / €18.8 million, according to Autobild magazine.

Henrik Fisker Teams Up with Hong Kong Billionaire as a Last Effort to Save Company


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While currently under the threat of bankruptcy, Fisker Automotive is not dead - yet. Who would you think is the person who wants to save the company the most? Why, of course, it’s the automaker's founder, Henrik Fisker, who resigned from his position at the helm of Fisker after not being able to resolve his differences with the members of the board, regarding strategy and future ambitions – or at least that's what we're told.

This renewed interest from Mr. Fisker is welcome, because sensing the start of decay from within, vultures began circling the company months ago, ever since it became known that not a single car had been built since July of 2012.

Fisker Karma May Live On Through Bob Lutz's V8-Powered Destino


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The Fisker Karma is a pretty car, further emphasizing Henrik Fisker's talent in designing great-looking automobiles. However, aside from the sexy shape, the car was let down by poor quality materials, finish and build. Furthermore, the range-extender powertrain, while competent, never offered the level of performance one would expect from a car looking like that.

Now, chances are we won’t be seeing any more Karmas being made, as the company has gone under bankruptcy, however, there still may be some hope, in the form of the Destino, which is basically the same car, but with a GM-sourced V8 engine shoehorned under the bonnet.

2014MY Fisker Karma Updates Purportedly Leaked by Laid Off Employees


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After years of troubles, Fisker Automotive lost its founder, laid off most of its employees and effectively shut down its operations as it seeks bankruptcy protection. Unless a miracle happens, the future for the California-based carmaker looks extremely bleak.

Until we see how this story ends or continues, we can share some different kind of news about the company as we received a tip pointing us towards the Fiskerbuzz forum where the automaker's laid off employees allegedly posted a picture and some details of the tweaked 2014 model year Karma.

The Plot Thickens for Fisker – Gets Hit with Federal Lawsuit


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After losing its driving force, Henrik Fisker, and 75 percent of its employees, Fisker Automotive takes another blow. The fired workers are accusing the automaker of not having notified them in advance, and are calling the company's action illegal, bringing about a federal lawsuit. Their motivation for pursuing the legal way also probably stems from the fact that aside from being paid for their unused days off, there wasn't a severance package in sight.

Cash-Strapped Fisker Pulls the Plug on Most of its Workers and All Press Staff


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According to reports citing inside sources from Fisker Automotive, the Anaheim, California-based carmaker has just laid off 160 of its employees, and has only kept a core group of 40 people to keep things running.

Matters have been going from bad to worse for the automaker over the course of the last twelve months, with its cars catching fire, drowning in New Jersey, having no battery packs and losing the creative driving force, co-founder Henrik Fisker, in addition to all of their well-documented money troubles.

Bad Karma? Henrik Fisker Quits Fisker Automotive


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Yes, it is true, Henrik Fisker, the co-founder, executive chairman and designer of Fisker Automotive, the maker of the Karma range-extender hybrid, has officially left the company.

As always with situations such as this, nobody ever gives a good reason for their decisions, and all we're left with are ambiguous lines which don't really tell us anything particularly new.

Henrik Fisker Says he Dined and Wined at Least 500 Karma Buyers


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Even if you’ve bought the obscenely expensive Lexus LFA, chances are that you haven’t had dinner with Mr. Akio Toyoda. The same applies to any car owner and the CEO of the company that manufactured his or her vehicle.

Unless you are a Fisker Karma buyer, that is. Henrik Fisker told AutoblogGreen that, instead of a traditional campaign, the company is thinking of “more innovative ways of doing marketing”; and that includes meals with buyers and potential customers.

Fisker Looks for Strategic Partners in China, Hasn’t Built a Car in Six Months


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The Karma might look gorgeous but things aren’t looking very good for its maker, Fisker, right now. In 2012, despite having delivered some 2,000 Karmas, it’s had its federal loan frozen, issued a number of recalls on the Karma, saw its battery supplier, A123 Systems, go bankrupt and 16 of its cars being destroyed by hurricane Sandy and, to top it all, it hasn’t built a single car in the past six months.

So the company is looking for partners and investors. And what better place to turn to than a country that wants to acquire high-end EV technology? That would be China; according to a report from Reuters, Fisker’s top executives are trying to find a strategic partner that would help them get things started again.