Fisker is a car company that was built from scratch, which was really impressive. Its first product was a hybrid saloon which cost more than $100.000 and we have to admit this was a really bold decision. The model was launched on the market, but not long after, it faced some recall issues when it went on sale. The founder of Fisker, Henrik Fisker, managed to do all these in only four years. As expected, he had to offer a new model as with just one it is simply impossible to make a car company work, not to mention a $100.000 one. Here is where the new Fisker Atlantic comes in.
This new model is a mid-size petrol-electric hybrid which was revealed this year at the New York Auto Show, earlier this spring. We have to admit the new Atlantic has some elements borrowed from the Karma, but these only make it better. It will be the first mass-produced car developed by Fisker and it will compete with the German Audi A5 Sportback. Under the hood it hides a plug-in hybrid that includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline unit developed by BMW and an electric motor with a lithium-ion battery pack. The model will be assembled in Delaware, in a former GM plant. Its starting price was established at $50.000, so it is just half the price of the Karma.
Unfortunately, according to different sources, the production of the Fisker Atlantic was postponed. The model will enter pre-production in 2014 and will hit the market a few years later than anticipated. The big problem has a financial side, of course. Even though the specialists managed to raise $1.2 billion in private financing, the Department of Energy froze part of its $529 million government loan. The carmaker needs another $150 million to start the production process for the Atlantic plug-in hybrid.
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