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First Owner Takes Delivery of VLF Destino, World’s Fastest Four-Door

Project pairs designer Henrik Fisker and “Maximum Bob” Lutz.

by on Jun.08, 2016

The first VLF Destino, the 200-mph sports car powered by a Corvette V8, was delivered to its owner.

Billed as the world’s fastest four-door, there have been plenty of questions about whether we’d ever actually see one of the sleek VLF Destino sedans other than at an auto show. But the project, which teams former General Motors “car czar” Bob Lutz, and Danish designer Henrik Fisker, has actually come to fruition, the first owner taking delivery this week.

First shown in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show in 2013 – with a near-production model returning to the Motor City event this past January – the Destino reportedly can tip the 200 mph barrier thanks to a V-8 engine borrowed from the Corvette.

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“I’m over the moon with how the car turned out dynamically — steering, brakes and, of course, Corvette ZR-1 power, coupled with the convenience of a paddle-shifter automatic,” proclaimed “Maximum Bob” Lutz. “I’m really happy with color and trim, as well as the spectacular proportions.” (more…)

Karma Set to Build Renamed Battery Car in the U.S.

Plug-in hybrid now dubbed the Karma Revero.

by on Apr.26, 2016

The original Fisker Karma relied on a 2.0-liter I-4 range extender gas engine from GM.

The recently reborn Fisker Automotive will formally unveil its revived battery vehicle this coming summer, but both car and carmaker will be carrying a new name.

Now owned by Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang Group, Fisker has now been christened Karma Automotive, picking its name up from the plug-in hybrid vehicle it was building before its 2012 bankruptcy. That battery car will now be known as the Revero.

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The original Fisker Karma cost around $110,000, around the same price as a well-equipped version of the current Tesla Model S P85d battery-electric vehicle. The company’s new, California-based management team isn’t saying when the new model will go on sale, nor what it will cost, Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor cautioning that, “We are being careful about making promises.” But the goal is to start taking orders over the summer.

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Update: Lutz, Fisker Partner On New VLF Force 1

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by on Jan.13, 2016

The VLF Force 1 went from little more than a sketch to driveable prototype in just 10 weeks. Photo Len Katz

(This story has been updated with new information about the VLF Force 1.)

Two automotive industry veterans are planning to make a return to the market, Danish designer Henrik Fisker and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz serving as two of the key partners in the new VLF Automotive.

They’ll be joined by industrialist Gilbert Villarreal in the venture, which will present its limited-edition supercar, the Force 1, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

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“I’m honored to become a partner in this automotive ‘Dream Team’,” said Fisker, who served as the chief designer at Aston on projects like the DB9 before setting up his own venture, Fisker Automotive. That plug-in hybrid maker went bankrupt in 2013.

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Auto Veterans Lutz, Fisker Team Up

Partner with industrialist Gilbert Villarreal to form VLF Automotive.

by on Jan.11, 2016

The "dream team" of Villarreal, Lutz and Fisker team up for the VLF's Force 1 supercar debuting in Detroit.

Two automotive industry veterans are planning to make a return to the market, Danish designer Henrik Fisker and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz serving as two of the key partners in the new VLF Automotive.

They’ll be joined by industrialist Gilbert Villarreal in the venture, which will present its limited-edition supercar, the Force 1, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

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“I’m honored to become a partner in this automotive ‘Dream Team’,” said Fisker, who served as the chief designer at Aston on projects like the DB9 before setting up his own venture, Fisker Automotive. That plug-in hybrid maker went bankrupt in 2013. (more…)

Henrik Fisker Files $100 Mil lawsuit Against Aston Martin

Danish designer alleges extortion.

by on Jan.04, 2016

A sketch of the Fisker Force 1.

Danish designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker has filed a $100 million lawsuit against his former employer, the British automaker Aston Martin, alleging “civil extortion.”

The suit, filed in federal court in Central California, centers around the Force 1 sports car Fisker is planning to reveal next week at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. It claims that Aston has taken steps to block the debut of the car or make changes before its launch.

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“This is a classic case of David vs. Goliath,” said Fisker. “Aston Martin is trying to intimidate me to prop up their own flailing company and to mask their financial and product deficiencies.  I refuse to be intimidated and that is the reason for today’s filing.”

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Henrik Fisker Getting Back in the Supercar Game with Force 1

Debut set for Detroit Auto Show.

by on Dec.15, 2015

A sketch of the Fisker Force 1.

He’s responsible for some of the most beautiful sports car on the road – and for one of the most colossal automotive failures in recent years. Now Henrik Fisker is getting set to return to the supercar segment with the debut next month of his new Force 1.

The Danish designer isn’t saying much about the sports car he’ll unveil at the Detroit Auto Show next month, though he hints it was developed in cooperation with a well-known American race car driver, that it will use one of the world’s most powerful engines, and that it will be produced in Michigan.

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“I believe there is room in the market for a daily driver that embodies all the attributes of the best track racing car, and the comfort of a luxurious sports car. Extreme power, great aesthetics and pristine handling make for a superior ride in Force 1, an American Super Car,” said the founder of the eponymous Henrik Fisker Design.

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Reborn Fisker Automotive Hopes to Achieve Better Karma With Name Change

Karma Automotive hopes to find a cosmic balance.

by on Oct.01, 2015

The plug-in Fisker Karma boasted striking styling, and that design is about to be seen again.

Will the reborn Fisker Automotive find good Karma or bad juju with a new name?

The now Chinese-owned carmaker has been struggling to emerge from its 2013 bankruptcy and resume production of the sleek plug-in Karma hybrid that once carried a price tag of just over $100,000. But fearing that the Fisker name would bring to the public’s mind the company’s well-publicized problems, it has decided to rechristen itself Karma Automotive.

The question is whether the carmaker’s only product will now be known as the Karma Karma – and whether that will translate into better luck after Fisker Automotive’s decidedly poor, initial karmic experience.

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“Karma was chosen because its relevant to both the old and new brands, and also because it says something important about the new company,” explained a terse statement. “The understanding of the principle of cause and effect, where your actions create your future. Acting with intention is what the new Karma represents.”

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Fisker Back With New Rocket Speedster Concept

Limited production set to follow.

by on Aug.15, 2015

The Rocket Speedster shown with Beau Boeckmann, front left, and Henrik Fisker.

Danish designer and automotive entrepreneur Henrik Fisker is back with another low-volume custom car project, this one aimed at upping both the performance and styling of the latest Ford Mustang convertible.

Declaring it the “ultimate American muscle car,” Fisker and partner Beau Boeckmann, president of Ford mega-dealer Galpin Motors are bringing their Rocket Speedster Concept to Monterey, California this weekend for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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It follows the launch of the Galpin-Fisker Rocket last year, which was based on the then-new 50th anniversary Ford Mustang. Both models undergo a number of design tweaks, but for many, the real selling point will be out of initial view, a supercharged 725-horsepower V-8.

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Now Chinese-Owned, Fisker Announces its U.S. Return

Plug-in maker will set up small assembly plant in California.

by on Jun.17, 2015

The Fisker Karma boasted a striking design, and that design is about to be seen again as production ramps up in California.

After crashing and burning in a multi-billion-dollar failure, Fisker Automotive is back. More precisely, the now Chinese-owned Fisker Automotive and Technology Group is about to re-launch production of the plug-in hybrid known as the Karma at a new facility in Southern California.

Also known as FATG, the company expects to employ about 150 people at the plant it is setting up in Moreno Valley, not far from its U.S. corporate offices in Costa Mesa.

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“FATG believes in the quality, work ethic and competitiveness of manufacturing in the United States,” said James Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of FATG. “California’s natural beauty, trend setting, technology and environmental focus are perfectly aligned with our Karma re-launch.” (more…)

Fisker Karma Set for Revival

But will be renamed Elux Karma.

by on Apr.06, 2015

A new version of the Fisker Karma - now renamed Elux Karma - is set to debut this month.

After a spectacular, billion-dollar meltdown, Fisker Automotive is set for a revival – more or less.

The once-promising California start-up crashed and burned and was purchased out of bankruptcy by China’s Wanxiang Group which hoped to relaunch the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma. The Chinese company is teasing the turnaround of what will now be known as the Elux Karma.

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Proclaiming “It’s On,” Wanxiang is promising to show off its version of the Karma sometime later this month — possibly at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. Other details are scarce, though a report by the China Daily suggests the reborn plug-in sports car will make it back into showrooms in mid-2016 at a price tag of around $135,000.

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