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Fisker has had a tumultuous year so far, especially when news broke that their Nina project was put on hold due to a lack of funds. But the American electric automaker is pushing to prove all its skeptics wrong, announcing a press conference ahead of the New York Auto Show intended to give a look at the future of the brand. With that announcement, Fisker has also released a sketch of what could be the Nina.
It’s not quite proof that the Nina is making progress and frankly, the sketch doesn’t really reveal much – it looks like it was done in Draw Something. Nonetheless, the sketch is the first image anyone has seen on the Nina and was on an invitation for the car’s public unveiling on April 3rd in New York City. That would mean Fisker plans on debuting the Nina right before the New York Auto Show kicks off.
Fisker has said previously that the Nina would be similar to a BMW 5-Series in size, but will be priced more competitively in the 3-Series range of $47,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit. Under the hood of the Nina will be a BMW-sourced engine, and if we had to take an educated guess on which one, it would be the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that’s in the BMW 328i.
Very few people outside of the Fisker organization have seen the Nina, but one of those that has is Vice President Joe Biden, who called it a “four-door Ferrari.” Despite losing the Department of Energy loan, Fisker has received alternative funding and plans to give a business update at the same event on April 3rd.
Production of the Nina will not start until 2013.
Fisker’s newest project, the BMW 3 series rival named the Nina, has been placed on the backburner once again while the company tries to work out its financial woes.
Yesterday Fisker announced a shuffle of CEO’s, from Henrik Fisker to automotive industry veteran Tom Lasorda. The new direction is influenced by the mounting pressure placed on the company after it did not meet previously agreed upon loan conditions that were worked out with the US department of energy. Obviously Fisker is scrambling for any new direction that seems likely to turn the company around.
Project Nina is Fisker’s new hope, the car that the company needs to stay afloat and start making money again. The Fisker Surf, which is set to debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, is also a beacon of hope for Fisker, although it seems less than likely that the station wagon will sell any better than the Karma that it shares its looks and platform with.
After layoffs and recalls, the folks at Fisker are having a rough go trying to get back on their feet. Henrik Fisker himself has said that he will fund the Nina project through private sources, but after all the bad news coming out of the Fisker camp lately, it seems highly unlikely that anyone would be willing to lend Henrik a few $100 million.