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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.”


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.


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.


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.


Henrik Fisker Reveals New Thunderbolt GT Coupe Concept

“Personal interpretation” of an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.

by on Mar.16, 2015

Henrik Fisker is back from his ill-fated attempt to produce electric vehicles with his Thunderbolt GT Coupe concept.

Danish designer Henrik Fisker has emerged from the shadows after his ill-fated attempt to launch a plug-in hybrid sports car company. And he offered up two visions of is future over the weekend during an appearance at the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

That included the production version of the Fisker Rocket, a customized, 725-horsepower version of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, as well as the Fisker Thunderbolt concept. The latter design is being billed as a “personal interpretation” of the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.

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“I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupe, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless,” said Fisker. (more…)

First Production Fisker Rocket Mustang Set for Delivery

725-hp, limited-production model will debut at Amelia Island Concours.

by on Mar.13, 2015

The supercharged version of the Fisker Rocket will deliver nearly 300-hp more than the Mustang GT.

Four months after pulling the wraps off his automotive reincarnation, Danish designer Henrik Fisker is set to deliver the first of his 725-horsepower Rocket Mustangs.

The result of joint venture with California mega-dealer Galpin Motors, the first production version of the Fisker Rocket will make a brief appearance at this weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance before being delivered to its new owner.

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Word has it that Fisker may also reveal another big project at the weekend classic car show, something he telegraphed during an interview with last November at the L.A. Auto Show where the Rocket made its premier.


Fisker Rockets Back with 725-HP Mustang

Limited sales set to begin in early 2015.

by on Nov.21, 2014

A project "born out of passion," says Fisker.

Henrik Fisker, perhaps best known for his abortive effort to launch the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma sports car, is back in the limelight, but turning his talents towards a very different direction. The Fisker Rocket revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show is all about performance, the Danish-born designer dubbing the modified Mustang “the ultimate American muscle car.”

The Rocket is a 725-hp rework of the all-new pony car Ford Motor Co. Fisker and partner Galpin Auto Sports have not only upgraded the performance of the 2015 Mustang but made a number of exterior modifications that give it both a more sinister and exotic appearance.

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“My jaw dropped. I got chills” when first shown the sketches former Aston Martin chief designer Fisker had in mind, said Beau Boeckmann, president of both Galpin Auto Sports and Galpin Motors, the world’s largest Ford dealer. For his part, Fisker explained that the Rocket is “really a program born out of passion.”


Henrik Fisker Back in the Game with “Ultimate American Muscle Car”

His “Rocket” is ready to rock, with an L.A. Auto Show debut on tap.

by on Nov.12, 2014

The Fisker Rocket will make its debut next Thursday at the L.A. Auto Show.

Anyone who expected Henrik Fisker to simply ride off into the sunset following the failure of his eponymous battery-car company, Fisker Automotive, clearly hasn’t spent any time with the hard-driving Danish designer.

For some months, we’ve been hearing rumors of his return to the car business, and it now looks like it will officially come next week with the debut of a design dubbed the Rocket. The carbon fiber-bodied sports coupe is set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20 during an 11:05 AM news conference.

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A terse news release doesn’t tell us very much, but it appears what is being billed as the “Ultimate American Muscle Car” is a joint venture teaming the 51-year-old Fisker and the folks at Galpin Auto Sports, a customization center run by mega-dealership Galpin Motors in the L.A. suburb of Van Nuys. (more…)

Fisker’s Back! Makes Return at L.A. Auto Show

Galpin Auto Sports teams with Danish designer for new muscle car.

by on Oct.23, 2014

Fisker founder Henrik Fisker is debuting a new muscle car at the L.A. Auto Show next month.

Less than two years after stepping down from his namesake company, Henrik Fisker is stepping back onto the automotive stage by joining forces with a California-based mega-dealer to produce the “Ultimate American Muscle Car.”

Danish designer Fisker is teaming with Galpin Motors in a pair of back-to-back vehicle debuts at the L.A. Auto Show next month, but aside from rumors about a new muscle car, details of what’s coming aren’t readily available.

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The preliminary schedule for the show reveals that Fisker has consecutive press conferences for “vehicle debuts,” but lists Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports as the co-presenter for the slots. (more…)

Foes Fighting over Fisker’s Future Form

Two companies bidding on the EV maker’s assets in bankruptcy court.

by on Jan.10, 2014

The fate of Fisker and the Karma is being decided in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The Fisker saga continues today when a judge will decide if the assets of the now-defunct electric-vehicle maker can be purchased by one company or if they’ll be opened to an auction.

Hybrid Technologies, a company owned by Richard Li, a Hong Kong billionaire, is seeking to secure the assets, including the former General Motors plant in Delaware where Fisker planned to build a second model, for $75 million, according to court documents.

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However, there is a second plan being pulled together by Wanxiang Group Corp., which wants to assets put out for bid. (more…)