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    Report: Ex-GM marketing chief Ewanick winds up at Fisker
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    Big fish, meet small pond. Automotive News reports that former head of global marketing for General Motors, Joel Ewanick, has just joined Fisker Automotive as its head of global sales and marketing on an interim basis. Ewanick held GM's top marketing post for 18 months and left this summer in a fog ...

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    Report: Hurricane Sandy cost automakers 15,000 vehicles, may have ruined up to 200k
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    Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic storm in US history, and its total economic impact is just now coming into view. According to Automotive News, Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan and Honda are set to scrap around 15,000 new vehicles ruined by the storm. Nissan alone accounts for about 40 percent of ...

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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 ...

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    How the automakers are helping with Hurricane Sandy relief [UPDATE]
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    To help those effected by Hurricane Sandy cope with the natural disaster, automakers are stepping up in various ways. Known to us right now are contributions of aid or assistance by Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Fisker and Nissan. Toyota and Ford have opted to give in the most straightforward ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    Official: Even Fisker is attending SEMA with some custom Karmas
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    The Fisker Karma is again going where no pricey, Finnish-built, extended-range electric hybrid sedan has gone before: SEMA. Since the Karma just about touches the ground as is, and already wears enormous wheels, the aftermarket mods – for this year at least – stick to exterior ...

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    Report: Bailout and gas prices hot buttons in Presidential debate
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    The pros and cons of the auto bailout and concerns about the rising price of gasoline have been a political football throughout this election season. So, it should come as no surprise that the auto industry was brought up more than a few times in last night's heated presidential debate. Roughly ...

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    Report: Battery maker A123 systems defaults on loan, files for bankruptcy
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    After a long and bumpy road, battery-producer A123 Systems has officially filed for bankruptcy. This news comes immediately after word that the Waltham, Massachusetts-based company may not have enough cash to fund operations, or even seek bankruptcy protection. This news has ramifications ...

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    Report: 'King of Lemon Laws' lawyer successful with Fisker Karma in Wisconsin [w/video]
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    Vince Megna certainly has a way with words. In one five-and-a-half minute video, he calls the Fisker Karma a "modern-day Ford electric Pinto." He also says, "This is a beautiful car. It's just too bad it catches on fire." Would we expect anything less florid from the man who calls himself the ...

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    Official: Fisker Q&A sheds light, lots of light, on Karma problems, lots of Karma problems
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    Despite what some media outlets are saying, the long list of questions and answers about the Fisker Karma now floating around (and available below) is not a leaked document. Instead, it is part of Fisker's ongoing customer service operations, Roger Ormisher, Fisker's head PR director, told ...

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    Official: Fisker: cooling fan responsible for Karma fire; voluntary recall has started
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    After two short "we're looking into it" official statements (1, 2), Fisker Automotive has announced that it has completed a "detailed investigation" into the strange, spontaneous combustion of a Karma plug-in hybrid that happened in Woodside, CA last weekend. The result? A voluntary recall to fix ...

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    Report: Tesla's Elon Musk calls Fisker Karma 'a mediocre product at a high price'
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    It is official: the gloves are off in the war of words between Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive chief Henrik Fisker. Most of the verbal barbs came from Musk, who sat down to gossip with Automobile Magazine about archrival Fisker. The bad blood goes back a few years to when Tesla ...

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    Report: Fisker needs $150 million to build Atlantic
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    So what is the first order of business for new Fisker CEO Tony Posawatz? Certainly putting out fires. But he's also going to be doing some hat-in-hand work, according to a report from Reuters. Posawatz knows what it takes to get an electric car to market, but Fisker is some $150 million short of ...

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    Official: Tony Posawatz replaces Tom LaSorda as Fisker CEO
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    Tony Posawatz is a familiar face in the green car world, having played a prominent and public role in the development of the Chevrolet Volt as the vehicle line director for GM's plug-in hybrid. Today, we learn that Posawatz – who retired from GM last month – will be spending even more ...

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    Official: Fisker Statement: Karma batteries not to blame for fire
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    As we suspected yesterday, the first official word from Fisker about the Karma that caught fire in Woodside, CA this weekend is that the lithium ion batteries are apparently not to blame. Fisker has released a statement, which you can find below, which says that independent investigators from ...

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    Report: Fisker Flambé: Second Karma spontaneously combusts [w/video]
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    By all accounts, the Fisker Karma is one hot car. For a couple of owners though, perhaps it's too hot. Similar to a situation in May, when a Karma caught fire for no apparent reason in a Texas garage, another has burst into flames in a Woodside, CA parking lot. Rudy Burger was returning to his ...

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    Video: Henrik Fisker, what are you drawing?
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    "Cars have become an appliance... And on top of that, you start feeling a bit guilty about driving a car, because it pollutes, you use a lot of gasoline." These are the words of Henrik Fisker, car designer and the man who startes his own automobile company which currently builds and sells the ...

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    Report: Fisker loan spurs more questions from senators
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    Um, about that $337 million. Fisker Automotive and its pending federal government loan has spurred a letter from two U.S. senators to Energy Secretary Steven Chu questioning the appropriateness of the loan, The Detroit News reports. In their letter to Chu, senators John Thune (R-South Dakota) ...

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    Followup: NHTSA launches inquiry into Fisker Karma garage fire
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a formal field inquiry into the garage fire that may or may not have been started by a Fisker Karma sedan, Bloomberg reports. The conflagration, which destroyed the Karma, the garage and a few nearby vehicles, took place on May 3 in ...

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