Fisker Atlantic Concept at the New York Auto Show

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

  • Looks like: A smaller karma with a family focus
  • Defining characteristics: Familiar Fisker lines, 22-inch wheels, folding rear seat
  • Ridiculous features: No schedule, no prizes, just a few powertrain details and no factory to build where there
  • Manufactured chance of mass production: The intent is to 100%, but the company with significant challenges, the model of the future called into question

Fisker Automotive, the company behind the Karma extended-range electric car has finally shape and a name for the more affordable cars previously announced as Project Nina: The Atlantic was published on the eve of the 2012 New York Auto Show as a concept. The company co-founder and designer Henrik Fisker said the model is 90% in their development cycle. If karma is any indication, the real thing will look almost exactly like the concept, though Fisker says the interior is modified significantly.

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Of its front-end design, its 22-inch wheels, the Atlantic is an obvious Karma siblings, although the company says it does not share the $ 102,000 luxury car platform. Easier and about the size of an Audi A6, the Atlantic will be more affordable and mass-marketable, if. The company Mama on a schedule and pricing Originally the project Nina was expected to compete on sale in 2013 at around $ 50,000 to $ 60,000, a reasonable price range with the Tesla Model S, Tesla for the competitors has similar goals to go.

Fisker has little to say about this model drive train except it reflects the karma in principle disclosed, it is a series hybrid, offers a limited all-electric range before a gas-powered generator fires keep the car going. The rear-wheel-drive car also adds a all-wheel drive. Fisker says that second-generation powertrain drive his generator with a four-cylinder gas engine from BMW.

During this four-door is much smaller than the Karma is the higher roofline and "spider" crossbar remains only a glass roof over the rear passengers more headroom. Its rear seat is as roomy, and the battery that runs through the middle of the car seem to be a little lower. The trunk is also larger, and the rear seats fold forward – a rarity among hybrid and battery-powered sedans.

Although it was knocked down a few times of high profile setbacks, Fisker seems adept at getting back up battery supplier A123 Systems has assumed responsibility – and the bill – completely for a recall to replace the batteries on 2012 models, some of which have fails. In March due to project delays Nina, froze the U.S. Department of Energy payments to Fisker from a $ 529 million loan. Then, just days before the Atlantic concept of introduction, the company reported $ 392 million increase in private funding. Fisker is now to re-evaluate whether the Atlantic will be built at a former GM plant in Wilmington, Del. "We're still in Wilmington as our first choice now," Fisker said recently appointed CEO Tom LaSorda. "I always have other options."