Fisker may be down, but it might not stay down forever. The company behind the Karma luxury hybrid shut down late last year and was purchased by Chinese OEM supplier Wanxiang Group, which intends to restart production. It just can't tell us when.

Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Wanxgiang executives indicated they have some work on their hands, sorting out 250 "bugs" it has found in the existing Karma. Once it has those sorted out, it plans to start production again at the Valmet plant in Finland before potentially moving assembly to the plant in Delaware that Fisker had acquired from General Motors. The executives were touring the United States to inspect their battery factory in Michigan, visit the plant in Delaware and meet with government officials in Washington.

Wanxiang apparently has even bigger ambitions than that, however. The latest news is that it intends to expand the rebooted Fisker with a second model sometime in 2017. The company has not provided any details as to what that form that model might take, but prior to its bankruptcy, Fisker displayed a smaller concept sedan called the Atlantic at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Fisker had previously revealed the Surf wagon and Sunset convertible concepts based on the Karma as well, but there's no telling at this point if Wanxiang has any intent on putting those into production any time in the near future.


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      Julio B
      • 4 Months Ago
      I wish Fisker all the best, this is a beautiful car that deserves a chance.
        Koenigsegg
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Julio B
        If the car was really good, it would have sold itself. Its just a fancier Volt. One drove up my street saturday and while i was cleaning my car, heard that noise it makes at low speeds, turned around and was like holy shit and it gave me chills
          danfred311
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          Your criticism is all wrong because it actually sold quite well, despite all it's faults.
      mikeybyte1
      • 4 Months Ago
      If they really intend to do a second model in 2017 it will either be the convertible or Surf wagon. There is simply no way they can engineer the Atlantic by then. I hope they work the bugs out. It is a pretty cool looking vehicle in person.
        Haelphadreous
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        My understanding is a lot of the work was done on the Atlantic before Fisker shut down, pretty much their government loans getting cut off prevented them from running up production on a relatively far along project. The Karma is a very pretty but very flawed product, from what Fisker was saying before things went south the Atlantic is a much better and less expensive product I would love to see it hit production.
          mawhalen53
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Haelphadreous
          Nina / Atlantic still had a long way to go by the time we stopped working on it. Source: I worked on it
          m_2012
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Haelphadreous
          You believe they spent a dollar of that money on engineering a new car? Fisker couldn't engineer their way out of a wet paper bag, as evidenced by the disaster known as the Karma.
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      Good luck to the new owners. I hope they can improve the engineering and produce a great car!
      ihatemacs9
      • 4 Months Ago
      i liked the Top Gear piece on it. the piece focused on the "green" mentality that was in the DNA since the first meetings. an example would be the ground recycled glass instead of metal flakes for the metallic paint effect. that is forward thinking, not simply herding sheeple into your showrooms with a battery and an electric motor bolted on an Auris.
      Brodz
      • 4 Months Ago
      I've never been a fan of the diamond shapes in the front and rear bumpers, nor the split moustache grille. The rest of the car is gorgeous though.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'd like to see LinkedIn profiles of every engineer Fisker had, guarantee you all at one point or another worked at GM.
        EVnerdGene
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Sounds like a fun project for you. Let us know the results.
        Ziv
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        GM's engineers are phenomenal. The Volt is a work of art. The MBA's and the design studio at GM, on the other hand, are idiots.
          icemilkcoffee
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Ziv
          Amen. GM's engineering prowess takes a back seat to nobody. It's the idiotic management fiefdoms and bean counters who have ruined GM.
          danfred311
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Ziv
          The Volt is very far from a work of art. It is all kinds of incompetent.
      danfred311
      • 4 Months Ago
      it cannot be saved. it has to be either scrapped or completely reeingineered. 2.4 ton is just way too much. huge mistake to buy them but these rich fools wont listen. sigh
        EVnerdGene
        • 4 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Dan, now that the government is not blowing money on this poc, I no longer give a c. Private business, and fools with money, why should either of us give a c ? Somebody asked who's doing the work? I'd guess Valmet (Finland) for $$$ or YuanYuanYuan.
          danfred311
          • 4 Months Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          you should care because when all the fools with money spend it on futile crap we don't get the EVs we could have. and so it has been. behold the entire world. not a single decent electric car. not one.
        free style
        • 4 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        that goes with every luxury item -- just be happy folks spend thier money, that's what makes an economy -- be happy you have a job and try not to judge!
      bobincobb
      • 4 Months Ago
      It's time for a fresh sheet of paper. In the flesh this is one ugly POS, it's over weight and ill conceived. Just let Valmet start fresh and forget this loony looking POS.
      m_2012
      • 4 Months Ago
      That front end is 251.
      MAF
      • 4 Months Ago
      Who do they have to do the work? They laid off most of the staff, who are probably gainfully employed at other OEMs and suppliers by now.
      dukeisduke
      • 4 Months Ago
      Only four for sale currently on eBay, and one is on a salvage title (WTH?).
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 4 Months Ago
      Does that include the mustache? Because the mustache has got to go.
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