Fisker Raises $100M in Funding, Consumer Reports Flunks Karma Hybrid
October 1, 2012 9:06 AM
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Fisker fails to raise the $150 million it hoped for
Automaker Fisker has been under fire with its Karma hybrid literally
in some instances. Fisker also saw its Karma get strapped with a
disappointing EPA MPG rating
thanks in part to the high curb weight of the vehicle.
purchased a Karma to add to its test fleet, which was the most expensive car the review magazine has ever purchased.
spent over $100,000 on its Karma and the vehicle was unable to complete the check in process before breaking down and having to be towed back to the dealer. After finally getting their expensive extended range electric vehicle back,
put the vehicle through its full battery of tests and ultimately the car failed miserably.
In fact, the publication says that the Karma ranks as its lowest-rated luxury sedan of all time. Only three vehicles ever reviewed by
scored lower. If you're wondering, those vehicles include the Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, and Nissan Versa SV.
Even after Fisker replaced the battery pack under warranty on the Karma, the vehicle continued to have frequent issues with the instruments, windows, and the radio system. The Karma also had recurring warning lights requiring multiple trips back to the dealer.
does point out that the numerous issues with the vehicle did not affect the overall rating. According to the publication, compromises in the cars basic design and execution are what ultimately led to the failing grade.
noted that the vehicle has limited visibility, a cramped interior, awkward access in and out of the seats, and that the dashboard controls are poorly designed.
Other issues cited for the low score include a noisy engine, long battery recharge times, and a tiny back seat and trunk.
did note that the vehicle had high-quality interior materials, but ultimately the car doesn't appear worth the money.
While the Karma was busy failing a
test, Fisker was seeking additional funding to continue development of the car with the second-generation drivetrain. Fisker was trying to raise $150 million and fell short of that amount, raising only $100 million. So far, the company has raised $1.2 billion from private investors since 2007. The $100 million Fisker raised will be used to develop a second-generation powertrain and to expand sales into China and the Middle East. The money will also be used to pay for a new global marketing campaign focusing heavily on social media.
Previously, Fisker was granted a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, which was subsequently frozen after a one-year delay in launching the Karma.
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10/1/2012 2:03:10 PM
Its obvious these guys were never serious about making money with these cars. Since they opened their business in California rather than the current hot spots for auto manufacturing and design...the midwest and south of the country there are loads of automotive industry talent in these areas. Its obvious that Fisker is run by people that are clueless about the automotive business and business in general but have the backing of wealthy friends.
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