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First Drive: Karma Revero

Electric déjà vu.

by on Oct.24, 2016

The Fisker Karma is back and ready to roll again, albeit renamed the Karma Revero.

The look is familiar – though the hand-painted logo is clearly new, and it gives you a hint this isn’t the original Fisker Karma.

First of all, it’s now called the Karma Revero, and it’s the work of the Chinese-owned, California-based company that took over the assets of Fisker Automotive when that start-up went bankrupt four years ago.

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Fisker, you may recall, was named for Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer perhaps best known for penning the luscious Aston Martin DB9. Like Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk, Fisker had hoped to challenge the established automotive order, in this case with a family of plug-in hybrids. But just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong and Fisker Automotive went bust barely a year after the first Karma rolled into showrooms.

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Fisker Offers Up Tease of New Battery Car

Long range car to use new graphene supercapacitor, not conventional battery.

by on Oct.21, 2016

Henrik Fisker offers a first teaser image of the new electric car he wants to launch next year.

Just two weeks after announcing plans to launch an all-new electric car company, Henrik Fisker is offering a hint of what’s to come with a teaser image of his first battery car.

A little Photoshop magic reveals some more of the details hidden in the shadows of the image as received from the Danish designer who first tried his hand at building cars of his own with the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma. The most obvious detail is the use of gull-wing doors, front and back. But it’s also apparent that the coupe-like sedan offers more interior space than a conventional vehicle of its size.

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Set to target the likes of the now-familiar Tesla Model S, the as yet-unnamed new model will use a breakthrough power source, a graphene supercapacitor, rather than a lithium-ion battery, to yield at least 400 miles of range.

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Fisker Launching All-New Battery-Car Company

Breakthrough battery promised; range could top 400 miles.

by on Oct.04, 2016

Henrik Fisker shown in Geneva before his earlier company, Fisker Automotive, collapsed.

If at first you don’t succeed…

If you’re Henrik Fisker, it seems, the next step is to start yet another car company. Three years after the collapse and bankruptcy of his original effort, Fisker Automotive, the Danish designer is back in business. The new Fisker, Inc. plans to launch a new line of long-range electric vehicles that will rival the likes of upstart Tesla Motors, as well as the more mainstream manufacturers now pushing into the battery-car business.

While specific details are limited, Fisker said the company is targeting a minimum range of 400 miles per charges, something that would allow a driver to go even further without interruption than with all but a handful of gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles.

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“This is really the revival of the original Fisker, though it will be a completely new company,” the 53-year-old automotive veteran told TheDetroitBureau.com in an exclusive interview.

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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

When is a Dodge Viper more than a Viper?

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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