• Nov 12, 2008


Click above for high-res gallery of the Fisker Karma

The Big 3 may be laying off workers left, right and center, but at least one start up is moving into town to swoop up some skilled workers. That start-up is Fisker Automotive, the aspiring luxury-hybrid automaker headed up by noted designed Henrik Fisker. The new facility is based in a leased property in Pontiac, Michigan, in suburban Detroit, and will help Fisker's engineers get the Karma, first shown in concept form at the last Detroit show and ambitiously gearing up for a production preview at the next one.

The Pontiac site is not replacing Fisker's Irvine, California, headquarters, nor its production site in Finland. It will, however, bring the outfit closer to component suppliers in the Detroit area in an effort to expedite the development process. The 34,000-sq.-ft. Pontiac facility already has approximately 130 staff members hard at work on the Karma, ramping up to 200 dedicated workers and consultants from local parts suppliers.

[Source: Automotive News – subs. req'd]



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      Jimmy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What’s really sad is that in the Michigan area, most auto workers have been laid off, not just factory workers, but engineers by the 10s of 1000;s, because of the Big 3 shipping jobs over seas, while other car companies bring work here. You have Toyota building more cars in the USA than GM or Ford, almost more than both combines, but you still get people (mostly big 3 employees) that will bash any attempt of another car company, Other car companies are not the reason the Big 3 shipped all the jobs over seas, its because there given big tax breaks to do so, during 2001 to 2008, every factory that closed down in the USA, one opened in China built with free US tax payer money. Jap cars have to pay a huge tax if they make import, that’s why they make most of there’s here, the Big 3 get a big tax break to import, explain that one to me please. What’s really the saddest is the reason the Toyota and Hondas and the rest of them won’t build factories in Detroit is because you have fools that would sabotage them in the name of the big 3 who sent there jobs overseas,
      • 6 Years Ago
      Say what you want about the design but see Allpar's site http://www.allpar.com/cars/concepts/chronos.html pictures don'tlie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After what he did with Astons, Fisker surely has more potential than this. The Karma is a styling nightmare. When it first showed up in the car mags months ago, I thought it would almost certainly be dropped in favor of something less hideous. There's no hope for it-- remove the unique design elements (i.e. the unattractive parts) and you're left with something completely derivative. As it is, this one will get you noticed, but I'd rather be seen in a Yaris.

      Perhaps Fisker and Bangle should hook up and start building cars for those with lots of cash but no taste.
        Jimmy
        • 2 Years Ago
        Gee, you think BlueStreak might work for the Big 3
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this might be the most beautiful car I have ever seen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is a cool car. I wish them luck because they're going to need a lot of it in this financial climate and I'd love to see it succeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      God, that car is ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay! Jobs for Michigan!
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.allpar.com/cars/concepts/chronos.html

      Maybe you need to read a little more, Kevin. FWIW, the Chrysler is still the better looking car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Chrysler is still the better looking car."

        what are you blind? that thing is ugly as hell. I think the Fisker is awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The front almost looks like the Guy Fawkes mask from 'V for Vendetta'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone see the obvious rip off of the Chrysler Chronos show car in this design - minus the 300c like grill, it is the same car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The two cars could have come from the same hand, Dave. The difference? The Karma's front makes it look like Henrik got scared by a '39 Buick when he was a kid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good looking car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It makes sense from a skilled workforce and geography standpoint, but I sure hope the taxpayers of Michigan aren't paying for this nonsense in some way. That car is ugly. I give it about a 5% chance of surviving more than a couple years.
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