Fisker is hard at work on its second model line, the Fisker Atlantic. Fisker has announced plans to establish a new technical center in the Midwest, with South Eastern Michigan as one of the potential locations. The new center will bring Fisker closer to key component suppliers and low-emission technical expertise at the heart of the American automotive industry.
Although the Fisker news lately has been negative with the recent recalls, a new announcement brings a bit of hope to the automaker. Fisker has announced that it has a received a new round of funding to build its second model, the Fisker Atlantic. Fisker has reportedly received $100 million for the continued development and future production of the new sedan.
Fisker Automotive for the first time hosted owners of its Karma sedan at the company's global headquarters in Anaheim, CA over the weekend, during an owner appreciation day. Karma owners from all over Southern California gathered Sunday to start their day at the Fisker of Orange County showroom in Irvine, where Henrik Fisker himself was ready to greet them, along with Richard Beattie, Chief Commercial Officer at Fisker Automotive, and Marcelo Sandoval, Sales Manager at Fisker of Orange County.
Fisker Automotive, the automaker that produces the $100k Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, has announced that it has generated more than $100 million revenue in the first four months of this year. Fisker has also sold 1,000 Karma sedans in the U.S and Europe since December.
"We are encouraged by solid demand for the Karma," Tom LaSorda, Fisker's chief executive officer stated. "Pending completion of investment sourcing, we are poised to press ahead with further market expansion and development of our higher volume model, the Fisker Atlantic."
Fisker gave us a preview of its next model, the Atlantic plug-in hybrid sedan at the 2012 New York Auto Show. At the time it was unveiled, Fisker stated that a production model was a ways off and that the acutal specs and pricing would be released closer to the launch of the production car. Now leaked investor documents have given us more information about the Atlantic.
InsideEVs.com has reportedly received some Fisker documents that were only dated a few weeks ago. The documents outline more of Fisker's plans for the Atlantic, including performance specs, cost and release dates.
Fisker has officially unveiled its all-new model, the Atlantic sedan. The Atlantic is being unveiled as a design prototype. Fisker describes the extended-range electric Atlantic as a luxury four-door sporting sedan with a practical interior.
"It is aimed at young families who want to drive an impactful, high-end vehicle while making a positive statement about responsibilities - both in terms of their commitment to sustainability and the practicalities of everyday life."
Like the Karma sedan, the Fisker Atlantic is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and gasoline driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium ion batteries on the move. The Atlantic uses the latest second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology. Its four-cylinder gasoline engine acts as a generator and is not mechanically connected to the wheels. It's expected that the four-cylinder engine will be a turbocharged unit borrowed from BMW. The standard powertrain will be configured for rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.
"We are exceptionally proud of the Atlantic design prototype, and believe we have created another groundbreaking car that looks and will drive like nothing else on the road in this class," said Henrik Fisker, co-founder, Executive Chairman, and Design Director of Fisker Automotive.
"Fisker Automotive is transitioning from a start-up automaker to a fully-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process," said Tom LaSorda, CEO Fisker Automotive. "We have a long way to go, but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide."
Fisker's next model, the Atlantic is getting an early unveiling this morning, ahead of its official debut this week in New York. The first few photos of Fisker's new mid-size hybrid have leaked onto the internet, giving us our first look at the new plug-in hybrid.
The model was originally dubbed the Nina, but now it's officially being called the Atlantic and will join the Karma in Fisker's lineup. The Fisker will is smaller than the Karma and will be priced around $45,000 when it is released later next year. The Atlantic will also be Fisker's first model to use BMW's 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its range extender.
Come back this week to see the Atlantic's official debut in New York.
Fisker has released a teaser image of its next model, dubbed the Nina, which will be unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, next month. Fisker did not release any other details about the new mid-size sedan, that will go head to head with the Tesla Model S.
The extended range sedan will be powered by a BMW four-cylinder engine and the Nina will be offered various body styles. Production is slated to start by the middle of 2013.