Henrik Fisker, namesake and founder of plug-in hybrid auto manufacturer Fisker Automotive, has resigned from the company. Most recently, he has served Fisker as Executive Chairman, but he was previously the company’s CEO. We knew that Fisker has been struggling with one issue after another for the past few problematic years, but the company’s namesake and founder leaving cannot be good news.
By Chris Haak
The day that many thought would never occur has happened. The Fisker Karma – a plug-in hybrid luxury-sports car – has begun at Valmet Automotive’s plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. This means that the first customer deliveries of the Karma should occur in the US and Europe by the end of April.
Fisker’s Karma is an ambitious project. Similar in concept to the Chevrolet Volt, but more expensive, faster, and more stylish, the car boasts a shapely silhouette designed by Henrik Fisker and a 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injection GM-sourced four cylinder, plus an electric motor and sizable battery pack.
By Chris Haak
My work has me spending almost two hours per day on the roads of northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, where a considerable number of wealthy people live. As a car buff, I’m often dazzled by some of the impressive iron that I see. I regularly see a Porsche 911 GT3, Maserati GranTurismo, Tesla Roadster, a Ferrari F430, and an Aston Martin DBS during my time on the road. Some of the more rare vehicles I’ve seen include a Gemballa Porsche and an Audi R8 5.2 FSI (V10). All interesting cars, to be sure, and all cars I’d love to have in the Autosavant long-term fleet.
Just last week, I spotted one I hadn’t seen before – a BMW Z8. I forgot how much I liked the understated style of the Z8, which curiously was created during Chris Bangle era of BMW design, but was a car that pre-dated Bangle’s controversial E65 7 Series of 2002. The Z8 looks not unlike a larger, tweaked version of the Z3 roadster, which makes sense, considering the cars were products of the same basic timeframe in BMW’s history.