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Report: New Fisker Karma Will Be Based on 2012 Model

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/21/2014 Kelly Pleskot

The Fisker Karma will reportedly make a comeback by next year, but don't expect a dramatically different car. According to Reuters, the new Karma will be based heavily on the 2012 model, which was the last one built before Fisker stopped all vehicle production.

One source close to Fisker's suppliers claims that basing the new model on the 2012 version will allow Fisker to bypass a lengthy safety testing and certification process. But another source says that the new model will not be "100 percent identical" to the previous version and will come with "noticeable upgrades."

Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang Group rescued Fisker this year after a series of financial setbacks and technical glitches that shut down the car brand in 2013. The timeline for the Karma's revival is in line with what Wanxiang announced in February.

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Still, sources say Wanxiang may have a hard time re-launching the car on time. Some old Fisker suppliers are reportedly angry for the past losses they have incurred doing business with the California-based automaker.

Fisker had previously said it would build the Karmas in Finland, a plan that seems to still be intact. Once sales take off, Fisker may once again produce cars in the U.S. According to Pin Ni, the U.S. head of Wanxiang, a second model known as the Atlantic is also still in the works.

Source: Reuters


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