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 |  Sep 25 2012, 9:32 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently finalized its 2025 fuel economy target under Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Fisker was proud to announce that its Karma model already surpasses that target.

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 |  Sep 07 2012, 2:56 PM

In what may be one of the most irrelevant world records, Fisker of the Netherlands organized a meeting of 45 Karmas, and set the record for the most EVs simultaneously charging all in one place.

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 |  Aug 29 2012, 4:02 PM

The largest gathering of Fisker Karma owners to date gathered this past weekend at the companies global headquarters in Anaheim, Calif. as part of an owners appreciation day. 

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 |  Aug 24 2012, 10:02 AM

It seems these days that there are a lot more questions for Fisker than the automaker can provide answers for, but in a recent town hall meeting with its customers, Fisker conducted a Q&A and published the responses.

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 |  Aug 19 2012, 5:01 PM

Tesla and Fisker are essentially polar opposites right now, despite both specializing in developing luxury electric vehicles for the automotive industry. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has never shied away from speaking his mind, and the bold CEO has been highly successful in developing his businesses.

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 |  Aug 19 2012, 11:01 AM

Uh oh. If this doesn’t cause Fisker Karma owners to be up in arms over their expensive purchase, we might be convinced that they’re the most patient, forgiving people on this planet.

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 |  Aug 16 2012, 11:47 AM

Unlike exotic EV maker Tesla’s relative success story, Fisker’s has been one riddled with scandal and financial scrambling, the latest of which sings to the tune of $150 million.

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 |  Aug 13 2012, 11:57 AM

After reports of two Fisker Karma sedans spontaneously combusting, the brand has issued a statement regarding the fires. 

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 |  Jul 13 2012, 5:44 PM

Justin Bieber’s chrome-wrapped Fisker Karma looks more like a spaceship to the general public than what CEO Henrik Fisker would probably prefer: a car identifiable with his brand. 

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 |  Jul 04 2012, 2:45 PM

Fisker automotive is teaming up with Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio to promote global sustainability.

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 |  Jun 27 2012, 4:02 PM

Government loans to Fisker are under fire by a pair or Republican senators who disagree with tax dollars going to a company that is owned, in part, by a foreign country.

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 |  Jun 12 2012, 4:15 PM

Battery manufacturer A123 Systems introduced a new technology today it calls Nanophosphate EXT, which could be a game changer in the hybrid and electric vehicle segments.

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 |  Jun 08 2012, 10:31 AM

Even though Fisker has its own dealerships, it couldn’t hurt the up and coming company to open up one more. Now with Penske’s help, Fisker will have an additional dealership in Arizona.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 9:22 AM

The automotive industry is a global business that is constantly evolving and growing, and we here at AutoGuide know it can be hard to keep up sometimes. So here is a summary of the top stories you may have missed this week:

Fisker Sold Over 1,000 Karmas this Year

Fisker will recall a selection of its Karma exotic EVs because of a possible battery coolant leak

 

 

Unibody Lexus GX, Turbo Powerplants a Possibility

At a recent 2013 LexusES 350 media event, Mark Templin, group vice president and general

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 |  Jun 02 2012, 11:17 AM

Fisker will recall a selection of its Karma exotic EVs because of a possible battery coolant leak, just one of many problems plaguing the automaker in its short history.

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 |  May 29 2012, 3:01 PM

Overall it has been a very tumultuous year for Fisker. First, its Karma model flatlines during Consumer Reports testing, then it’s blamed for a house fire and now NHTSA has launched a probe as a result of that fire incident.

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 |  May 16 2012, 1:37 PM

Investor information on the mostly-mysterious Fisker Atlantic is shedding a little light on what’s actually going on with the controversial company’s second car

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 |  May 14 2012, 6:02 PM

In the least surprising announcement of the year, Fisker is denying that the accusations leveled at the Karma supposedly responsible for a garage fire in Sugar Land, Texas are accurate. 

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 |  May 11 2012, 2:04 PM

When a Texas home was scorched earlier this week, authorities blamed the Fisker Karma for starting the fire in the garage. At the time it seemed clear that the car did start the fire, but how that happened was less obvious.

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 |  May 08 2012, 4:24 PM

A crime of opportunity, or was a Fisker Karma really to blame for the fire in a Texas home?

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 2:01 PM

A series of very public Li-ion defect related incidents have caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) decision to hold a meeting with automakers and battery suppliers with regards to the safety of the new technology.

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 |  Apr 18 2012, 9:31 AM

The debut of the Fisker Atlantic may have silenced critics for some time, but it appears that the American automaker isn’t doing as well as they want us to believe.

The former General Motors plant in Delaware was acquired by Fisker in order to build its vehicles in America, but recently reports came in that production at Delaware wasn’t guaranteed. Now it appears that Fisker has laid off another dozen employees at the plant, making us believe that the Atlantic production will never take place there.

One of those employees that was laid off is Jeff Garland, who used to serve as community affairs and business development in Delaware. He was quoted as saying that the plant is “absolutely empty”, which makes sense considering Fisker had not installed its machined after taking out the old GM equipment. Chances are now that they probably never will.

“I think what happened was the budget numbers are so tight right now and they’re working so hard to preserve as much cash as they can that something had to give. We’re not making a car in Wilmington right now, so given that situation it was an obvious place to make a cut,” Garland said.

Fisker has had a rough last few minutes. Most recently, another recall was issued on its Fisker Karma for a battery glitch that surfaced as a result of a Consumer Reports test. Much of the skepticism on the future of Fisker comes from the fact that the automaker wasn’t able to secure the rest of its Department of Energy loan.

The continued layoffs doesn’t mean that Fisker is going under. Clearly the American automaker is working its hardest to survive, finding a way to produce its Atlantic in a cost-efficient manner. Hopefully what it showed off is enough to entice investors.

[Source: Delaware Online]

 |  Apr 16 2012, 9:31 AM

Ford recently announced the EPA fuel efficiency rating for its electric Focus model. Since it doesn’t burn any gasoline, the number isn’t in miles per gallon (MPG), but was given as miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, or MPGe. A new term to the automotive lexicon, it’s worth exploring exactly what MPGe means and how an MPGe rating is determined, especially as the number of electric cars and plug-in electric hybrids on the roads continues to increase.

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 |  Apr 10 2012, 10:30 AM

10. 2013 Lexus ES


Over the past few years Lexus has been referred to as a Japanese Buick, with the number one reason being the ES front-drive luxury sedan – a car that drew direct comparisons with the not-quite-Cadillac GM premium brand. To erase those comparos the new 2013 ES gets a more stylish exterior with a GS-themed front nose and a profile more like the flagship LS.

Swapping its Camry underpinnings for an Avalon platform it has, however, grown even more in size – a notable Buick trait. Plus, to challenge the eAssist mild-hybrid LaCrosse, there’s finally now an ES300h hybrid system getting 39 mpg average.