Report Says New Fisker Debut Is Scheduled For Frankfurt

After numerous delays, 2011 is the year Fisker’s Karma has gone into production. The first one was delivered late last month to Ray Lane, Fisker’s Chairman of the Board and a Silcon Valley Investor.

Production for the car is scheduled to ramp up all throughout the year, and existing orders on the books should ensure a waiting list until late next year. Fisker is progressing fast – it first began as a coach building operation, basing cars off the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz SL. That chapter of the company’s history is over.

Despite just starting production of its first real production model, it is looking forward to the future with Project Nina, and a new Karma model set to debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The report comes from British magazine What Car? and is supposedly direct from Chief Executive Officer Henrik Fisker. The vehicle debuting next month would be a “mix of a sporty estate and SUV.” Sounds like a crossover to us.

Other tidbits include an effort to expand the appeal of the Karma lineup – including a folding hardtop version, dubbed the Karma S. The company already showed a concept model of that vehicle. A new all-wheel drive model is also in the works, as well as a new two-speed transmission designed to increase efficiency over the current cars direct drive unit. Project Nina, the low cost effort, is also on track for a debut in late 2013.

The crossover being shown at Frankfurt is allegedly based on the Karma, and What Car? says it will go on sale in 2012. Given Fisker’s history of delays, that seems highly doubtful – it is more likely the car will be a concept preview, if anything. Regardless, our curiosity is piqued. it’ll be interesting to see what new Fisker model is shown next month.

Tony Pimpo

Tony Pimpo

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.
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  • Ronald Denton

    Ray Lane now under investigation. “Is this a credible product? Tesla Motors is under Fed investigation for bribery & corruption; Musk stole the company from Martin the founder; Tesla has been sued many, many times for misdeeds; Tesla took taxpayer $$ yet hired off-shore workers and fired NUMMI union workers; Their batteries blow up when they get wet or overcharge; They owe more $ than they can ever pay back. The Leaf does the same thing for $100k less. The billionaire owner got free tax money without earning it; Goldman, K&L Gates, KPCB & their investors put in fake car orders and fake stock buys to pump the stock; They lied to San Jose, Downey,
    New Mexico and many cities about building a factory in each; The CEO cheated on his wife & business partners; The CEO hires magazines to write glory-stories about him; Telsa has 30 Indian bloggers hired to write fake user postings; The EMF from the car is measured to cause biological damage; They changed the prices on customers after they ordered; They never get their costs right; each car coming off the line has problems according to Musk himself; Selling 4K cars after a decade is a pathetically small # for such a run-of-the-mill electric car; They announce they “intend” to pay the loan back early, yet do not actually pay it back even though the owner has a billion dollars; Former staff have accused the CEO of everything from spying to harassment; When the Feds finally serve their indictments, forensic
    audits of Tesla will show they lied in their financials; The public calls the car the “Solyndra-Mobile” and say it is an “Un-American Product”; It is made, and priced, by and for Stanford elitist yuppie rich boys; The same six writers that support Tesla have been shown to be paid shills; All of this is well documented. Wouldn’t anyone be ashamed to drive a Tesla?”