• Oct 28, 2009
Regardless of what side of the political fence you find yourself on, it's hard to dispute that vice president Joe Biden has a reputation for saying more than he should. That's not always a good thing when you're privy to some of the most important secrets of what is arguably the most powerful nation on earth. Happily for car fans, our veep's "gift" seems to apply to automakers as well.
When Biden addressed the media at Fisker's recently purchased Wilmington, Delaware plant, the VP reportedly got pretty glib with Fisker's future product plans. Among the tidbits that Biden spilled beans on was the planned production volume of Project Nina. We already knew that Fisker was gearing up to build Project Nina – a plug-in hybrid rumored to cost less than $40,000 – somewhere in the States, but we didn't know that the fledgling automaker planned to build up to 100,000 copies of the still unseen and unproven PHEV, and that's exactly what our VP indicates. Biden also reportedly described the new sedan's design, saying it looks like a 'four-door Ferrari.' After the press conference, company founder Henrik Fisker apparently told Fox News that Biden "definitely told what our product plans are." Oops.

We don't know if Biden actually spoke out of turn or not, but given the VP's reputation for doing so, we're wondering if Fisker intended to tip its product plans hand this early in the game. Fisker can't complain too much, though, since the U.S. government loaned his company $529 million in spite of the fact that it won't make a car in the U.S. until the middle of the next decade. The automaker's first offering, the Karma, doesn't arrive until late next year, and it will be made in Finland.

[Source: The Car Connection | Image: Jeff Fusco/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      how are we going to dispose of the batteries? maybe we can send them to china they dont care about polution.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everything about this deal is cheap to buy when it's taxpayer money. Does Briklin and delorean ring a bell. How about Proton. Screw friends of Algore!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Telephone,

      Telegraph,

      TeleBiden.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 'human gag reel' strikes again. He's a walking train wreck that should NEVER be taken seriously.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Taking a cheap shot at the VP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Henrik Fisker is evidence that reincarnation is real -- he's got to be P. T. Barnum reincarnated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Biden is a consummate doofus. The whole gang in Washington is a mess and its war on capitalism is repugnant. Let's hope these people destroy themselves before they destroy the U.S.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That must be the new milk coming out of Rush's tit: "War on Capitalism". Too bad "capitalism" almost blew up the entire economy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        War on capitalism? I wasn't aware that we were continuing to wage war on concepts. Looks like I better get back in the bunker before the communists/terrorists/drug lords/bird flu/swine flu get me. I'm so glad the media is keeping us scared... I mean informed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not only did Vice President Joe Biden NOT leak any secrets, the sad thing is you know VP Biden did not leak any secrets and have only used his appearance as a stab at pathetic and flaccid wit.

      So, now that you have embarrassed yourself with non-news (yup, the stuff you just write, then tell others "it could be true"), I do believe you owe Mr. Biden, your readers, and this nation an apology.

      Do better next time. You'll get more respect.
      italiancars
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let me see if I understand this correctly, a high profile auto executive is going to build cars under his own. He presents an attractive car that nobody has driven, that is supposed to be produced in higher numbers than any of its well established competitiors can sell. He then convinces a government to fund his venture of building cars in a country with little history of automotive production.

      All that is needed now is some grainy video tape and couple of suitcases full of cocaine.

      I
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italiancars
        To be perfectly clear regarding John Z DeLorean:

        DeLorean was found not guilty due to entrapment on August 16, 1984.

        DeLorean was a remarkable man. He was honorably discharged after being drafted during WWII. He worked his way through school, earning a Masters in Automotive Engineering and also an MBA.

        DeLorean was truly remarkable in his career with GM. He is credited with developments such as wide-track wheels, torque-box perimeter frame, recessed and articulated windshield wipers, the lane-change turn signal, overhead-cam six-cylinder engine, Endura bumper, and a variety of other cosmetic and structural design elements.

        He gave us the GTO. He gave us the Firebird. God bless him for both of those...

        DeLorean's vision stretched further than GM would allow, so he left in order to produce the DeLorean DMC-12. While the car wasn't as good as it should have been, it was an alternative to large heavy V8s and attempted to change the perception of what a sporty car had to be.

        Again, John Z DeLorean was set up by the US Government, and was found not guilty on the basis of entrapment. He committed no crime.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Plugs" Biden? What a dope.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a poor attempt at viral marketing to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm convinced that Biden is a source that people/companies use to "accidentally" leak out information they don't "want" people to know about...
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