Overheard at the reveal event for the Fisker Atlantic this evening: This is the car you buy your secretary.

Yes, the altogether good-looking Atlantic sets a new high for plug-in hybrid looks, and even though Fisker is tight-lipped about things like all-electric range, cost or an estimated delivery date, for now the car speaks for itself. All anyone would tell us is that the Atlantic will come in at "a much lower price point than the Karma," as Fisker executive chairman Henrik Fisker put it, suggesting something in the range of the Audi A5 or "the upper end of the BMW 3 Series." So, $45,000? In any case, Fisker seems to have learned its lesson with the Karma situation/delay, and is keeping mum about its future plans.

One thing Fisker was very happy to talk about was that the Atlantic is a car that will be built and will go into production. It is "a promise we are going to deliver," he said.

Whenever the Atlantic arrives, it is most likely going to be incredibly similar to what we see in the pictures here (and in recent spy shots). Fisker said that his company does not do concepts – see how little the Karma changed between auto show reveal and showroom. And that's fine by us. The lines and angles of the little Karma might be too busy for some, but in person they most certainly work. One thing to note is that in person the headlights have a frozen/frosted look that offers an 'eagle eye' with a strength of strong character not seen on a production car before," the Fisker press release says.

Despite the off-hand suggestion from the peanut gallery that this is a car for those with a bit of money to throw around, Fisker repeatedly emphasized the practicality of the Atlantic. For one thing, it will have the second-generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) powertrain that incorporates a BMW four-cylinder gasoline engine, because, Fisker said, "range equals freedom." He also showed the gathered media how the rear seats fold down and called it "a pure family vehicle." Must be nice to be in that family.
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FISKER AUTOMOTIVE UNVEILS THE ALL-NEW FISKER ATLANTIC IN NEW YORK

Atlantic design prototype confirms Fisker Automotive's bold future direction
Uncompromised styling reinforcing commitment to exquisite design Four-door sporting sedan with a luxurious and practical interior
Driven by Fisker's advanced EVer powertrain technology: electric car with extended-range freedom
Rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive option
Atlantic marks Fisker's next step in its transition from start-up automaker to mainstream American manufacturer

New York, 3 April 2012 – Fisker Automotive is pleased to unveil its all-new model, the Atlantic sedan. This is the latest model in the company‟s expanding line up of extended-range luxury electric cars.

Revealed as a design prototype at a special VIP preview event the night before the New York Auto Show press days begin, the Fisker Atlantic design prototype is a luxury four-door sporting sedan with a practical interior. It is aimed at young families who want to drive an impactful, high- end vehicle while making a positive statement about responsibilities - both in terms of their commitment to sustainability and the practicalities of everyday life.

The Atlantic uses the latest second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology. It will offer all the benefits of electric drive while at the same time eliminating the "range anxiety" experienced with an all-electric powertrain.

Like the Karma sedan, the Fisker Atlantic is a plug-in series hybrid vehicle that allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and gasoline driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium ion batteries on the move.

Its four-cylinder gasoline engine, which acts as a generator and is not mechanically connected to the wheels, is tuned to offer maximum economy and high torque. This Atlantic EVer powertrain will offer highly competitive performance for a car in its class. The standard powertrain will be configured for rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.

The Atlantic design prototype‟s glass roof shows off a ridged „spider‟ structure. This incredibly strong construction also allows the Atlantic to offer a remarkable amount of rear headroom for a car with its sleek, coupe-like stance. This high-tech approach fulfills and surpasses all current and future rollover safety and crash-test requirements worldwide. The Fisker Atlantic‟s long wheelbase also affords extra legroom for rear passengers and more space in the trunk.

The unique, exciting styling of the Atlantic retains and progresses Fisker‟s signature design DNA. Henrik Fisker and his design team set out to create the most beautiful and dramatic vehicle in its class. Much of the design was inspired by nature, for example, the dynamic side theme, with strong sculptural lines that optically cross the center and over the rear wheels of the car. This gives a sense of power - replicating the stance of a wild tiger ready to pounce.

Further important design details to note include an evolution of the Fisker Karma signature grille, with a wider sculptured line defining the power dome on the hood. Strong creases emerge from the inside of the headlamps and continue back over the hood to elongate the car. The sharp headlights themselves give an „eagle eye‟ with a strength of strong character not seen on a production car before. These touches allow the Atlantic to create a greater rear-view mirror presence than any other vehicle in its class.

Additionally, the rear door handles have been elegantly integrated in the rear C-pillars, to continue the sense and look of a sporting coupe without losing the practicality of a four-door sedan. The extremely slim LED tail lamps use the latest technology allowing them to split into two parts to offer a wider aperture for the trunk opening. The rear end of the car is clean and aerodynamically shaped, with a sharp spoiler lip on the trunk that runs down over the side of the car to enhance aerodynamic performance.

Overall, the Fisker Atlantic‟s dimensions are comparable to those of an Audi A5. It has been engineered inside and out to offer a dynamic yet compact feel on the road.

"We are exceptionally proud of the Atlantic design prototype, and believe we have created another groundbreaking car that looks and will drive like nothing else on the road in this class," said Henrik Fisker, co-founder, Executive Chairman, and Design Director of Fisker Automotive.

"Fisker Automotive is transitioning from a start-up automaker to a fully-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process," said Tom LaSorda, CEO Fisker Automotive. "We have a long way to go, but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide."

"I‟m confident the Fisker Atlantic will inspire people and win the brand many new customers who may not have considered an EVer powered vehicle like this before."

More details on the Fisker Atlantic, including statistics, prices and an on-sale date will be given closer to the launch of the production car.

ABOUT FISKER AUTOMOTIVE, INC.
Fisker Automotive is an American car company, founded in 2007, committed to producing electric vehicles with extended range (EVer) that deliver uncompromised responsible
luxury. The company is designing and developing the world‟s first line of premium electric plug- in hybrids representing the company‟s firm belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style, or performance. Fisker Automotive is a global company that is redefining luxury for the modern sports car buyer. For more information on the brand and the Fisker Karma Sedan, please go to http://fiskerautomotive.com.


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      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      And now Fisker's going to play games with Washington--so the DOE doesn't want to give him his money? Then maybe the new car won't be built in Delaware.
      Mike McDonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Tesla Model S will completely destroy this.
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        Nick Kordich
        • 2 Years Ago
        Paging DRStrangelove: A123 explained how they fixed the problem about a week and a half ago. They traced the problem to a miscalibrated welding machine. The error was small enough that it passed inspection on individual cells, but when they stacked the flat cells and squeezed them together to form a battery module, the cumulative error was large enough that there wasn't enough room and some cells ruptured. Cell contents were contained, but it caused an internal short. The battery management system detected the fault, which lead it to self-brick the pack for safety reasons. I feel for the poor schmuck who miscalibrated that machine. There was more than one failure here, in that it wasn't caught in QA and should have been, but to know a $55 million dollar recall hangs on your mistake.... 'Ouch' doesn't cover it.
          • 2 Years Ago
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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uh........why does it have EXACTLY the same styling as the twice-as-expensive Karma? Did they run out of designers, or did they just not want to sell the Karma anymore? BD
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        I don't mind the fact that it shares the styling, but I agree - this could definitely hurt sales of the Karma. I suppose performance might be the differentiator, but since this is a hybrid at least part of what performance means is fuel efficancy, and as a smaller car this should have better mpg.
      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a bad car by any measure. It looks quite nice. And the bmw engine will have cache and the quality the gm-karma engine doesn't have. It's ironic that the little 'bad karma' I've read about the Karma is that the engine sounds like crap when somewhat pushed just because they wanted to get the damn thing out (quicker than Tesla was going to be with ModelS). They had to use a rather rough, lower quality NVH I-4 from GM cuz they couldn't source anything better. All would be better if they got a high quality I-4, one worthy of being in a $100k+ car, (and somewhat better tested battery packs would be around too)if they just waited another 6 months to get the right engine. Even if I won the lottery I wouldn't buy a fisker. All three are just not filling any of my needs or wants. I'd like to like them or love them even, but I can't. The new Atlantic looks good enough but not as good as I need it to be. I'm conflicted. :/
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think Fisker can stay afloat for too long with delays and mechanical problems.
      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope this company can be successful. They are the blueprint for larger manufactures to follow with new technology. I really hope those wheels are show room wheels online. Aside from them looking a tad loud for my taste, the smallest chunk of mid west road would jar the drivers back and send those wheels to the repair shop.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn......I hasve no words to desbribe this.....other than.....drop dead.....GORGEOUS!!! If they make a hi-powered version with 400 + hp, it may find a home in my garage.
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        @Justin Campanale
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          mawhalen53
          • 2 Years Ago
          Every Fisker article, there you are. Did Henrik personally offend you along the way? Do you have nothing better to do?
          Larry 4 Fisker Auto
          • 2 Years Ago
          Lol. You know you want one! Go ahead .. Don't fight it. Go ahead ... you can cancel the Model S order! HA HA HA.
          FreeThinker
          • 2 Years Ago
          Like DF, you too make it so easy to feel sorry for you.
      ebauer427
      • 2 Years Ago
      Atlantic > Tesla Model S. I agree with Fisker: range equals freedom. pure EV is too limiting IMO. Range extending drive trains like the Volt and Fisker models use are a better solution than a pure EV.
      LynxFX
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the initial spy shots I thought this was going to be a 2 door coupe that was smaller than the Karma. I was completely surprised to see it be 4 doors. So what is being cut to make it half the cost? I drove a Karma this weekend and yes the interior is gorgeous, but it isn't $50k worth. It also has a 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. Performance of the Karma isn't exactly speedy and I couldn't imagine this being slower. All that said, I love the Fisker designs but wouldn't buy one at $110k as the Karma is. But for $50k, I would definitely consider it. Other than the huge touchscreen inside the Tesla S, this stomps on it.
      Your Highness
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the coupe look to it. The rear end is absolutely phenomenal. Even the body color wheels look great.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice work yet again, Henrik. Stay indy!
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