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First Drive: 2012 Fisker Karma

Hollywood, Your Plug-In Hybrid Electric Has Arrived Business partners Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler are visibly on edge. While they want to dedicate every ounce of their focus on this all-important launch of their first baby, the 2012 Fisker Karma, their attentions are being constantly pulled away from it by big conference calls regarding the money and logistics of launching the whole Fisker Automotive franchise. Are they really and truly answering a $95,900-$108,900 question with this bold effort that enough people are asking? It's clear they just want us to fall in love with... Read More

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    Fisker furloughs workers for one week, says it's 'common practice' in industry
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    The tea leaves are getting somewhat clearer over at Fisker Automotive with a new report saying the struggling automaker is furloughing its US workers this week, a month before a payment on the company's $529-million Department of Energy loan is due. Fisker never got the full amount, taking only about $193 million before the funds were frozen. In a ...

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    As Fisker leaves his company, he buys brand-new Karma plug-in hybrid
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    Well at least Henrik Fisker is putting his money where his mouth is. Or was. The co-founder of his eponymous California-based extended-range plug-in vehicle maker, who resigned as executive chairman and left the company last week, did his former company a solid and bought a Fisker Karma from a Santa Monica, CA, dealer to replace his company car, the ...

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    Fisker fails to draw Geely bid after all [UPDATE]
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    Last week, Fisker Automotive lost its namesake and co-founder Henrik Fisker because of "several major disagreements" between the designer-turned-automaker and other executives. After that blow, could there be any more bad news out there? Maybe, if you consider the mooted takeover of the California-based plug-in luxury automaker by the Chinese Zhejiang ...

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    The Game buys four Fisker Karmas for himself, friends
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    With friends like The Game, who needs Geely? The Los Angeles-based hip-hop artist (née Jayceon Terrell Taylor) recently bought a Cranberry-hued Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in vehicle for himself, then purchased three more of the $100,000 vehicles for his buddies. The Game posted the news on his Twitter feed last week, calling Fisker "The most ...

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    Henrik Fisker resigns due to "major disagreements" with other execs [UPDATE]
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    The last time we talked to Henrik Fisker, he was a non-stop stream of optimism about the company he cofounded to build luxury plug-in hybrid automobiles. This, despite a ton of negative developments for the company in 2012. His outlook has taken a turn, apparently, since Fisker has reportedly resigned from the company that bears his name. No detailed ...

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    ETC: Wrap your car in the loving and tender embrace of velvet
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    In case you hadn't noticed, car wrapping has gotten more popular and more common in recent years. At this year's SEMA show, in particular, it was difficult to walk ten feet without seeing some custom wrap job or another. With matte palettes, metallic finishes and famous racing liveries so thick on the ground then, it was probably only a matter of time ...

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    Followup: Fisker reportedly drops $33MM lawsuit over Sandy damaged cars
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    In the wake of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast, Fisker Automotive and insurer XL Insurance wound up in a legal battle over 338 Karma models destroyed in the storm. The cars were sitting in Port Newark, New Jersey when the enormous storm struck, washing away $33 million worth of viable automobiles. Fisker sued XL Insurance in New York State Supreme ...

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    Word of China's Geely leading bids for Fisker draws criticism from senator
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    Money isn't the only problem Fisker Automotive has with making more Karma plug-in hybrids (see: battery supply), but the California startup may soon have the cash to help resume production of its $100,000 plug-in luxury sedan. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has the edge in taking a majority stake in the troubled automaker, according to two confidential ...

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    Fisker may get $350 million bid from China's Dongfeng
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    Fisker Automotive may receive a $350 million acquisition bid from China-based automaker Dongfeng Motor Corp., Bloomberg says, citing people familiar with the process. Dongfeng would buy about 85 percent of the California-based maker of the $100,000 Karma extended-range plug-in, the wire service reports. Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher tells Bloomberg ...

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    In deep with Henrik Fisker: Despite floods and fires, "I think we're beating the odds"
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    Let's be clear: Fisker Automotive had a pretty bad 2012. Let's be clear: Fisker Automotive had a pretty bad 2012. A flood, fires and recalls continued to dog the start-up automaker. Then, one of the men trying to become President of the United States called the company a loser in a very public setting. For the last three months, the company didn't ...

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    Fisker Karma drivers averaging 150 MPG*
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    One of the big criticisms of the Fisker Karma is that the heavy beast isn't exactly efficient. A curb weight of 5,300 pounds is one reason why the EPA says, when running on premium gas, the Karma gets just 20 miles per gallon combined (and 20 city/21 hwy). When you throw electricity into the mix, the Karma is rated at 54 MPGe combined. All other plug-in ...

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    Fisker nearly giving away a Karma with ... Captain Planet?
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    The best deal ever on a $100,000 Fisker Karma? Just $500! Well, almost. The trick is that what we have here is the chance to buy a raffle ticket for $500 and then play the odds. Captain Planet Foundation is offering a two-year lease on a Karma, and only 200 will be sold altogether (150 remain). Raffle sales end on tax day – April 15, 2013. The ...

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    Henrik Fisker has wined and dined 25% of all Karma buyers
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    Have you broken bread with the CEO of the company that made your car? Probably not. But, if you're one of the roughly 2,000 people who have purchased a Fisker Karma, then there's a decent chance that you actually have. A while back, we got to sit down with Henrik Fisker (sans food) for a lengthy interview we will be sharing later this week. But first, we ...

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    Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting "soon"
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    Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan to sell green cars around the world. He wasn't all sunshine ...

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    Fisker hires consultant, may seek bids next month
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    Fisker Automotive has hired a consultant to oversee day-to-day operations in an effort to conserve cash, and may seek partner or acquisition bids next month, Bloomberg says. Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher says the California-based maker of the Karma extended-range plug-in luxury vehicle has brought on Huron Consulting Group, says the report. The company ...

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    A123 expects Wanxiang sale to be finished by Feb. 1
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    The bankruptcy proceedings for A123 Systems are moving relatively smoothly toward completion, and it looks like Wanxiang America Corp. and Navitas Systems LLC should complete the transactions within the guidelines of the court-ordered asset purchase agreements by February 1, 2013. Chinese parts manufacturer Wanxiang has been under pressure in Washington ...

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    Consumer Reports buys Tesla Model S. Yes, we're jealous
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    Lucky them. That's our opinion of Consumer Reports, which really took one for the team by taking delivery of its Tesla Model S last week. The organization is noted for purchasing most of the vehicles it tests rather than reviewing ones loaned to them by manufacturers. The institute groused about waiting for more than two years after paying its $5,000 ...

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    Bob Lutz: Destino is the Fisker Karma people will actually want
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    Bob Lutz has had grandiose performance luxury car dreams before – Cunningham C7, anyone? – but the VL Automotive Destino that was just unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show was certainly a surprise, even to long-time Lutz-watchers. As a reminder, the Destino is a Fisker Karma with a 638-horsepower supercharged LS9 V8 transplanted from a Chevrolet ...

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    Fisker Karma production stoppage reaches 6 months, company claims "sufficient supply"
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    One result of the litany of problems that Fisker Automotive suffered in 2012 – floods, fires and recalls – was a production stoppage of the plug-in hybrid Karma that has already lasted six months. Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher told AutoblogGreen that the delay was due to an attempt to renegotiate the Valmet production contract and A123 ...

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    Can the Chinese rescue Fisker?
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    Fisker Automotive is aggressively courting Chinese automakers to bail it out of its financial problems. Executives with knowledge of the discussions told Autoblog that Fisker representatives have made recent trips to China to discuss deals that include capital investment and outright acquisition scenarios. Those discussions are continuing this week at ...

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