Henrik Fisker, founder of the eponymous Fisker Automotive, was clearly searching for something new to reveal during an evening news conference the night before the formal opening of the 2012 New York Auto Show. The problem is that much of what he had hoped to say – and then some – leaked out in the days leading up to the event.
The most important detail confirmed by the Danish designer-cum-automaker was that the second Fisker product line will be dubbed the Atlantic if it ever gets into production. Make that “when” it gets to production, Fisker asserted, insisting that the California start-up’s problems locking down a Department of Energy loan it thought it already had will not stop its ambitious plans.
Fisker belatedly reached market with the bigger and decidedly more expensive Karma earlier this year. But problems bringing it to showrooms led the DoE to withdraw the loan after the company had only been able to draw down about 35% of it. While new Chief Executive Officer Tom LaSorda is continuing discussions with the government, he told TheDetroitBureau.com that Fisker Automotive is moving ahead with alternative plans to raise money privately to replace the DoE funds.