• May 27th 2010 at 12:34PM
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Henrik Fisker gives an update on the Karma – click above for high-res image gallery

The last time we checked in on the production start date for the Fisker Karma, Henrik Fisker was telling a crowd at the Los Angeles Auto Show that production units would be delivered to customers in September 2010. Unfortunately, it looks like the 1,300+ people who placed early orders will have to sit tight a while longer.

Ray Lane, managing partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers told Reuters this week that about 70-100 test cars will be built this year but that full production won't begin until February 2011. When first announced in early 2008, Fisker promised production by late 2009. The delays are not surprising for such a complex car from a new company.

Former Tesla marketing VP Darryl Siry makes a good point about Fisker's communications strategy. Fisker has not been very open about the development process in the way that General Motors has been with the Chevrolet Volt. Instead, most of the announcements have been short on details. For a company with no history in mass production and development, the best approach is either to be open about the process and non-committal on a date or to just stay quiet until the car is ready.

[Source: Reuters, Darryl Siry]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      People said the same thing when the Tesla Roadster was first delayed -- and they will say the same thing when Model S is inevitably delayed.

      I still think Fisker will come through with this. It's obvious that Mr. Fisker doesn't want anything out that's not absolutely perfect.

      Fans & clients will appreciate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed... it is bound to happen for a startup's first production car.

        But with Tesla, no big deal... since they were still the first to hit the market that they targeted.

        Fisker is competing with automakers that have already released and begun production.... not good news. Remember, it is a PHEV they have, and at $80k. Who are they competing with, GM? Only in function, but luckily not on style and luxury.

        They will have to get by on their looks... if not given enough time ahead of Tesla, the Model S will sweep up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I attended a tour stop of the Fisker Karma. I got there early enough to watch them drive it from the lot into the show room. It's a beautiful car. I have the photos in a gallery here http://visualrenaissancegallery.com/Other/Fisker-Karma/12321980_ejy5o#880390430_b3LKS
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice pictures, but they do show that at least that prototype is not that close to being production ready. The seat leather is not correct and the design looks like it will be expensive, which I guess is something they've factored in. Also the trunk rubber seal does not line up properly and is kinked.

        I'm not a car designer but a software engineer working on CAD tools used by the automotive industry. I can certainly appreciate how it's a 1000 little details that end up soaking up lots of time!
        • 5 Years Ago
        the seals could be off. the trunk did close tightly and looked 'square", but alot of people purposefully slammed the doors and mistreated the car. The doors had a delayed reaction when touching the handle.the seats could be manufactured like that since it's a $87k car (look at porsche panamera) so hand made seats could be used and the car is still profitable. the roof was lined with suede and the dash is 99% leather.

        the power steering was very noticeable i.e loud, but that could be because the car is silent so you notice things that you don't notice on ice cars, (noises that are normally drowned out by the ice).
      • 5 Years Ago
      ye of little faith. wasn't the tesla roadster delayed for more than a year? Fisker is locked in. more than half a billion dollar loan now, failure is not an option. just don't hire a CEO from detroit like Aptera did.. : )
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Roadster could afford to be late... they were first to market by a good margin.

        The Karma ($80k PHEV) has the Model S ($57k BEV) and the Volt ($40k PHEV) running on their heels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        unless the Karma is very delayed it will be first by a good margin. the Volt is not a direct competitor and the model S doesn't have a range extender which I think might be very important. I think it's likely that the Karma will hurt the S a lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not surprising. Has anyone outside the company yet had a test drive besides the crown prince of Denmark?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a tough business, and we are soooo impatient!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks so hideous and disproportionate....they had a killer opportunity to make a really decent looking car...instead they came up with the Batmobile.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take one with two afterburners.

        • 5 Years Ago
        i'm pretty sure the batmobile doesn't have a giant moustache.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know about you, but if given the chance, I'd totally use a batmobile as a daily driver...afterburner and all
      • 5 Years Ago
      NOT GOOD. The Tesla Model S is on the way. This means for less time for the initial sales whallop before that car comes out.

      Good luck, whale car. It's looking like you've got some serious competition ahead of you... with Toyota and Tesla in bed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you are comparing apples and oranges.
        The Tesla is electric only with a max range of 180 miles.
        The Karma is an extended range hybrid with 50 miles electric and unlimited miles on gas.
        Also, the Karma is $87,000 and the Tesla, depending on model, is $125-150K
        Also, the Karma carries 4 adults in comfort.
        As to appearance, to each his own. Personally, I think the Karma looks great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Delay, delay, delay. Is anything going to come out this year?

      The automotive industry is quickly looking like a display screen at O'Hare.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fisker = definition of Vaperware

      This company is losing credibility by the day.
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