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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 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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    Detroit: Bob Lutz brings Destino, a ZR1-powered Karma, to Detroit
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    There's nothing wrong with the Fisker Karma that a honkin' American V8 engine won't fix. At least according to Bob Lutz, it seems. Called the VL Automotive Destino, this machine is the brainchild of industrialist Gilbert Villereal and the aforementioned Lutz, and is intended to compete with such well-regarded performance sedans as the Porsche Panamera and ...

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    How Fisker Karma cooling fan warranty issues made Sandy damage worse
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    When hundreds of Fisker Karma plug-in hybrids sitting at Port Newark were destroyed by a flood of seawater during Superstorm Sandy, it was clearly an "act of God," in the parlance of the legal profession. But the reason those Karmas were there in the first place, and not delivered to happy customers is a bit more mundane. Turns out, the Karmas were ...

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    Fisker sues insurance company over Karmas damaged in Hurricane Sandy
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    Whoa boy. According to Reuters, Fisker has been denied some $33 million in damages by its insurance company, XL Group PLC, for 338 Karma sedans that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy while at port in New Jersey. Not surprisingly, Fisker is suing the insurer, which is based in Dublin, Ireland but has offices in the US. According to the report, the policy ...

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    Fisker pausing production until A123 sale is finalized
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    The pending production schedule for the Fisker Karma is pretty much at the mercy of US regulators, as the California-based maker of the extended-range plug-in won't start things up again until the ownership issue of bankrupt battery-maker A123 Systems is settled, Automotive News reports. Fisker, which stopped production about six months ago, will ...

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    Report: Fisker seeks financial partner after "tough year"
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    After facing what could be charitably described as a terrible year, Fisker founder and Chairman Henrik Fisker admitted in a recent interview that his company is "actively engaged in conversations with potential strategic partners." Speaking with TheDetroitBureau.com, Fisker went on to say that he'd, "like to see if we can get something done next ...

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    Fisker to delay Karma production because of A123 battery shortage
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    Fisker Automotive will postpone production of its Karma extended-range plug-in vehicle until the future of bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems is resolved, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with the automaker's CEO. During an interview at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, Tony Posawatz admitted that A123's Michigan factory has stopped making ...

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    Fisker opening Technical Center in Midwest to develop Atlantic plug-in hybrid
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    Fisker Automotive has shed more light on its upcoming Fisker Atlantic plug-in hybrid. The company is opening up a new Technical Center in the Midwest for the launch of its second model, which looks a little like a smaller version of the first one. The company plans to open this facility in the Spring of 2013, potentially in Southeastern Michigan. It's ...

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    Fisker working on Volt competitor, a cheaper plug-in?
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    A Fisker for the rest of us? That's what Plug In Cars is reporting, saying that the California-based maker of the really expensive Karma extended-range plug-in may start developing a lower-end model that would compete with the Chevrolet Volt. The car would not only sell in the range of the Volt – $40,000-ish – but may be developed with a ...

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    Fisker loses over 300 Karmas in Sandy floods at Port Newark
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    Remember the 16 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrids that were burnt in the wake of Superstorm Sandy? They're not the only bad news for the luxury green automaker: more than 300 Karmas, worth over $30 million, were sitting at Port Newark when it flooded and got destroyed. In all, over 10,000 vehicles were damaged at the port when the waters rose. In other words: ...

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    Report: How Sandy (may have) set 17 plug-in hybrids on fire
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    Can Hurricane Sandy's flood waters be blamed for the fiery destruction of 16 Fisker Karmas and a Toyota Prius? On Halloween we guessed saltwater had somehow led to a short circuit that overheated the cars' batteries and fire, which may be exactly what happened. "We can't be certain exactly what happened at the port," Russell Datz, a Fisker spokesman, ...

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    Fisker Revelations: new leader, good car, huge challenges
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    I finally got to drive a Fisker Karma (great model name!), and found it better than expected. The occasion was the annual Motor Press Guild (MPG) "Track Days" at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, where four Karmas were lined up to be driven by attending media. Not on the track of course, but on the straight, smooth public roads around it. Three ...

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    SEMA: Fisker Karma and 3M at SEMA, that's a wrap
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    Electric carmaker Fisker has partnered with car-wrapping specialists 3M for an interesting demonstration of what could be at this year's SEMA festivities. As we reported in greater detail earlier, the folks from 3M are wrapping up the Karma in a few fairly wild shades and stripe packages, to have a little fun with the already drop-dead gorgeous ...

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    Report: Hurricane Sandy destroys 16 Fisker Karmas at port with water and fire
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    Even before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the US, there was no doubt the storm would wreak havoc for automakers (especially luxury brands) in the Northeast, but it looks like Fisker may have taken the biggest, most spectacular hit. According to Jalopnik, 16 Fisker Karma models waiting to be shipped off to dealers at Port Newark were flooded during the ...

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    Fisker asks bankruptcy judge to delay A123 asset transfer to Johnson Controls
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    A123 System's bankruptcy created a quite a stir in the plug-in vehicle industry. Now, Fisker is asking the judge that the bankruptcy auction be delayed by a minimum of 30 days so that creditors' value "may be realized through higher and better offers." Fisker is involved in A123 because the battery maker is the sole supplier of battery packs to the Fisker ...

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