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Notes From A Week's Worth Of Car Testing In California

Managing Editor Steven Ewing drove some $2 million worth of new cars while out in California for Monterey Car Week. Here are his notes following an excellent week of driving.

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Close Your Eyes And Mash The Throttle

It might not be pretty, but the Fisker-Galpin Rocket Mustang packs 725 supercharged horsepower and improved driving dynamics. We take one for a quick spin in California to see what's what.

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Wanxiang-Owned Plug-In Vehicle Maker Plans Comeback

Fisker looks to hire about three-dozen people starting this week for its new Southern California factory.

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Fisker intends to relaunch the updated Karma in 2016, and the company's goal is to have them ready by the middle of the year. They are being built at a new factory in Moreno Valley, CA.

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No Word On When New Owner Wanxiang Will Start Making Cars

New incarnation of Fisker will open 556,000-square-foot factory east of Los Angeles.

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Karma Owners Can Get As Much As $5,000 Worth Of Repairs

Fisker Karma owners can get parts and service after company's new owners launch protection program.

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In order to resolve a lawsuit from Aston Martin, Fisker has agreed to not produce his one-off take on the Vanquish coupe.

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A website for the new Fisker is teasing a big introduction in April 2015. It seems likely we are going to see the Elux Karma from the brand's new owner, Wanxiang.

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Aston Martin is suing Henrik Fisker in US District Court for allegedly violating its intellectual property. The automaker claims that the design of the Thunderbolt uses too many of the company's own design cues.

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Henrik Fisker is making his unofficial return to styling Aston Martins with the Thunderbolt debuting at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Crafting a new carbon fiber body for the Vanquish, Fisker opts to refine the coupe's styling rather than overhaul it.

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Most Priced in $50,000-60,000 Range

Plenty of Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in hybrids are there for the taking on the used car market ahead of 2016 relaunch.

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The latest word from the subcontinent has it that Henrik Fisker is visiting India to lay the groundwork for a new joint venture. But with whom, and to what end?

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Galpin Auto Sport and Henrik Fisker made big promises about the Rocket before its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, calling it the "ultimate American muscle car." Now that this 725-horsepower carbon-fiber Ford Mustang has officially been revealed, we've now got a chance to see if their vision backs up all the bluster.

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Ever look at an EV or a dedicated hybrid and wonder what it'd be like with a conventional, high-output V8 under the hood instead of all those batteries and circuit boards? Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villareal did when it came to the Fisker Karma. The result is the Destino from VL Automotive – a vehicle that Lutz says could be the fastest sedan in the world.

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When Henrik Fisker appeared on the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show presentation schedule with back-to-back debuts with Galpin Auto Sports and Galpin Motors, we were rather intrigued. Especially when rumors suggested that the project with GAS would be the "Ultimate American Muscle Car." That gossip has turned out to be entirely true, and we have gotten our first glimpse at Fisker's latest design, dubbed the Rocket.

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Henrik FIsker is stepping back onto the stage at a major auto show. We just aren't exactly sure what he's doing there yet.

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Tony Posawatz Questions ZEV Credit Sales, Suggests More Effort Go Into Model 3

Former Fisker Automotive CEO and ex-Chevrolet Volt vehicle-line director Tony Posawatz has some words of caution for Tesla Motors. The long-time automaker executive questions the California automaker's long-term viability – and gives some praise – in a talk with Benzinga, which you can listen to below.

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Fisker Automotive appears to be wrangling up its proverbial ducks and properly aligning them again after halting production nearly two years ago. After filing for bankruptcy, the Chinese company Wanxiang, like an angel made of money, scooped up the maker of the Karma range-extended electric sports car for the sizeable sum of $149.2 million. Now, Wanxiang is looking to relaunch the Karma by early 2015, and the car that we see upon its revival will likely look quite familiar.

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New spy shots make it look like Bob Lutz's idea to convert the Fisker Karma into a fire-breathing sports sedan called the Destino might not be vaporware after all. Two of them were recently spotted testing in Death Valley sporting changes that make them appear closer than ever to actually going on sale.

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It's easy to fall in love with the Fisker Karma based on looks alone. Figure in the luxury interior, electric drivetrain, and the convenience of the extended range, and it's hard to fault anyone who took the plunge and plunked down their hard-earned dollars for this swank green machine. Things go wrong, sure, as they do with any vehicle, but when the company goes bankrupt and you can't get the parts to get your car running again, let's just hope you really like the way it looks in your garage.

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If you thought early Fisker Karma buyers like celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Cee Lo Green had deep pockets, get a load of the company's new owners. China's Wanxiang Group, which earlier this year acquired the extended-range plug-in vehicle maker in a bankruptcy auction, generates more than $23 billion in annual revenue, Automotive News says. Billion with a "b."

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