We drive the Volvo S60 T6, get features in Sync that Ford promised years ago, look forward to GM cars driving themselves, announce the EPA numbers for the Fisker Karma, and advise you not to pay more for a used car than a new one!Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 238 SHOW NOTES
After getting the Karma's EPA certification, Fisker began sales of the new plug-in hybrid car this week, with a starting price of $95,900.
When Fisker Automotive said it would bring a new, innovative car to market using plug-in hybrid technology, it looked like an exciting yet risky proposition. But the years between that announcement and this week's availability of the Fisker Karma to the public have seen the launch of the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt and the pure-electric Nissan Leaf, taking away some of the Karma's thunder.
And compared with those cars, the Karma isn't looking too hot on the fuel economy front.… Read more
At this point, Fisker Automotive has been showing off various incarnations of the Karma series hybrid sedan at various auto shows for about four years now. It's practically done at this point. Not wanting to show up at the 2011 International Auto Show in Frankfurt with the same song and dance, the automaker slapped a hatchback onto its mustachioed Karma and dubbed it the Fisker Surf.
This week, the Surf shows off its shooting brake design in a B-roll video released on the Web by Fisker. Check it out below. There's no music, but if you crank your … Read more
BMW will be supplying the engines for Fisker's next car.
Fisker Automotive announced today that it's contracted with BMW to supply engines, and a few other components, for its "Project Nina" vehicle.
BMW has committed to build "up to 100,000" turbocharged four-cylinder engines for the car per year.
The yet-to-be-officially-named model is expected to begin selling in the U.S. in 2013, going into production at a former GM plant in Delaware in 2012.
"Project Nina" is the follow-up plug-in hybrid sedan to the company's Fisker Karma four-door plug-in hybrid … Read more
GENEVA--Fisker Automotive plans to use its recently acquired plant in Delaware in part to build vehicles for other automakers.
The start-up automaker plans to use only one-third of an installed 300,000 units of capacity at a former General Motors plant in Wilmington, Del., for its vehicles, which will be built there in late 2012.
"We want to offer this manufacturing capacity to other OEMs," Fisker COO Bernhard Koehler told Automotive News on the sidelines of the Geneva auto show.
Fisker is spending $120 million on the Delaware plant and, within the next two years, will expand its … Read more
Nissan will build the next Smart Car, Mercedes offers in-car iPad tech, a tour of the Tesla factory, stop sign cameras are the latest gotcha, and we name our three favorite cars from the Paris Motor Show.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) Episode 188 Show notes
It's been a long time coming, but Fisker is finally ramping up for production of its long-awaited Karma, and more recently, a full lineup of plug-ins over the next three years.
The carmaker officially debuted the 2012 Karma at the Paris Motor Show last week, along with its $88,000 price tag. Full production of the Karma will begin early next year in Finland, with customer deliveries promised in March. And not much longer after that, the start-up also plans to put its $528 million Department of Energy loan to good use and produce its more affordable Project Nina … Read more
We've seen them at auto shows and special events, the 12 hottest tech cars to debut in 2010. Each of these cars represents automakers' efforts to push the technology envelope, whether through cabin or power-train tech.
Don't expect to find another tired update of an economy model amongst this group. Some are radical attempts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, others institute new technologies in the cabin, and a few we've selected are pinnacles of engineering.
These cars will become available to the public throughout the year, and it looks like a good year indeed.
DETROIT--Henrik Fisker plans to export more than 50,000 electric vehicles annually from his U.S. plant.
Fisker expects rapid growth in various forms of electrically powered vehicles--but especially for the premium plug-in hybrids he will sell.
To meet that demand, Fisker Automotive plans to use an idled General Motors plant in Wilmington, Del., as an export hub.
Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive, said his high-end electric-car company is in final negotiations to buy the plant. He said his company plans to build 100,000 to 150,000 vehicles annually there, with the majority going overseas. "We actually plan to export more cars than we sell here in the U.S.," Fisker told the Automotive News World Congress last week.
In an interview, he said the plant's proximity to shipping was a key factor in the decision to buy it. Fisker plans to build a $45,000 midsize sedan there beginning in 2012. … Read more
Fisker Automotive has contracted with Boston-based A123 Systems to supply battery packs for the forthcoming Fisker Karma plug-in electric car.
A123 Systems on Thursday said that it will supply lithium ion-based systems to Fisker for use in the Karma luxury sedan, which is due in late 2010. The intent is to also supply batteries for Project Nina, a lower-end model from Fisker due in 2012.
As part of the deal, A123 Systems is investing up to $23 million in Fisker, which would be up to $13 million in cash and the rest in stock. The battery cells and systems are … Read more