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VL Destino on show at NAIAS 2013

"America's smallest, newest and most expensive car company" – that's how Bob Lutz describes his new venture VL Automotive. Lutz, a former General Motors Vice Chairman, earned a name for himself as the "father of the Chevy Volt." It's interesting, then, that his latest venture involves taking the electricity out of a plug-in hybrid. Together with industrialist Gilbert Villereal, Lutz has designed the Destino, a restyled Fisker Karma that trades the hybrid powertrain in for something more potent.  Read More

Fisker Atlantic Design Prototype (Photo: Fisker Automotive)

Fisker Automotive has revealed the shape of its future with the unveiling of a new design prototype - the Fisker Atlantic. The wraps were taken off the four-door Atlantic - which Fisker sees as the "next step in its transition from start-up automaker to mainstream American manufacturer" - in a preview event on the eve of the New York Auto Show.  Read More

TUV tests saw the Fisker Karma plug-in electric vehicle get a range of 51.6 miles (83 km) ...

Having received certification, a 10 out of 10 fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions rating and an electric-only range of 32 miles (51.5 km) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month, Europe’s independent regulatory body, the Technischer Ueberwachungs Verein (or Technical Inspection Association in English) has given the Fisker Karma a more impressive 51.6 mile (83 km) range in electric mode.  Read More

Fisker Automotive's 2012 Karma sedan PHEV is now selling

Having unveiled the Fisker Karma at NAIAS 2008, Fisker Automotive had originally intended to begin sales of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) in late 2009, but funding setbacks saw the car’s launch date delayed several times. With the first deliveries to fulfill early customer orders taking place in late July this year, the wait is now finally over for U.S. retail customers with the 2012 model year Karma sedan hitting showroom floors after the vehicle received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week.  Read More

Fisker Surf

Shown for the first time at IAA in Frankfurt last week, the Fisker Surf is a luxury/sports "shooting brake" or station wagon, built on the same base as the Fisker Karma (electric drive with gas-engined range extender), though the Ferrari FF look makes it a lot easier on the eye. The Surf can be expected in showrooms in the first half of 2013 with a price tag in the low six figures.  Read More

The Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from Fisker Automotive

Following a series of funding setbacks that has seen the launch of Fisker Automotive’s Karma four-door saloon plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) sports car pushed back from the initial late 2009 launch date a number of times, there’s finally some good news. According to Gigaom, the company has surpassed its US$1 billion funding goal and plans to have vehicles in dealer showrooms in May or June and will begin fulfilling its 3,000-some pre-orders from June or July.  Read More

The Karma’s aluminum space frame -  new levels of rigidity and strength

As Fisker Automotive's Karma plug-in hybrid moves closer to production the company has turned attention from the outside to the inside for its Geneva Motor show appearance. Assembled by Valmet Automotive in Finland, Fisker says the advanced aluminum space frame incorporates new levels of rigidity and strength to deliver "world-class ride and handling characteristics". This pic has been released ahead of the Geneva Auto Show which kicks-off this week.  Read More

The Fisker Karma PHEV during its hot lap at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Look for productio...

The Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) recently demonstrated how quick it is in two ways – it goes from 0-60mph in six seconds and from concept to public driving debut just 19 months after the company was formed. The 403hp prototype Karma PHEV almost silently attained a top speed of 100mph (using no gasoline) as it made its way around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races.  Read More

Tesla to make battery packs for SMART EV

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, announced Tuesday in Detroit that Tesla is producing the battery pack for Daimler AG's Smart EV. The companies, which have been partnering on electric powertrain technology for almost a year and a half, will produce 1,000 vehicles in 2009 and 2010, and Musk said the deal could grow into the "tens of thousands" of Smart EVs after that. Daimler already has an existing relationship with German tier one automotive supplier Continential who will supply a 25kg lithium-ion battery pack, with cells from Johnson Controls-Saft, to be used in the new Mercedes S400 BlueHYBRID hybrid-electric car available from the middle of 2009.  Read More

The international press scramble to get close to the new Karma S in Detroit

Fisker Automotive has just taken the wraps off the much anticipated technology demonstrator that will become the second model in its plug-in hybrid sportscar range at the 2009 NAIAS. The new two-door, four-seater, hard-top convertible joins the four-door sedan model announced at last year's show and is built on the same versatile Q-DRIVE platform on which the company's range will be based. The sedan model, which boasts a 50 mile electric-drive only range, acceleration of 0-60 in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 125mph, remains on track for delivery later this year, while the Karma S is expected to hit showrooms in 2011.  Read More

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