Fisker Planning a New Model by 2017
Everybody likes a good comeback story, right? According to the higher-ups at Fisker Automotive, we might not have to wait long to witness one. Chairman Lu Guanqiu, the founder of Fisker’s parent company, the Wanxiang Group, confirmed to Automotive News that a new Fisker nameplate is under development and that he hopes it could arrive as early as 2017.
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This would be mark a huge step forward for Fisker, especially since production of the Karma has been on ice since 2012, due to a series of defects, fires, and a lack of funds that eventually led to the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The bold decision comes only months after Wanxiang, a Chinese auto parts manufacturer, successfully purchased Fisker Automotive in February.
While no details abound regarding Fisker’s latest creation, the company’s US president, Pin Ni, also hinted that he hopes to jump-start production of the Karma at the company’s plant in Finland within one year, with the ultimate goal of bringing production to the US.
In speaking about the Karma, Ni noted “There are about 250 bugs in this we need to de-bug. I often say that Wanxiang can afford to make cars, but Wanxiang cannot afford to make bad cars.”
Moving forward with the Karma will likely hinge upon Wanxiang’s ability to establish a strong supply chain for new parts and components. So there you have it – three years and two cars. If only Saab could make the same turnaround.
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