LA Auto Show: Fisker Karma Phones It In Via Google

photo courtesy Katherine Tessier

I’m not sure what it takes to get a time slot in the jam-packed schedule at the LA Auto Show media days, but I think having something new to announce is pretty much a requirement. So it’s no surprise that Fisker chose to have a Q&A on Google Hangout livestreamed via YouTube instead of the usual fanfare. This actually makes more sense for a company still experiencing severe growing pains.

The Fisker Karma is a stunning beauty, and shows real potential. She even has over 1,500 (mostly) happy owners in North America, Europe and China, and has just expanded to the Middle East. But I can’t help feeling like I’m watching some thrilling cliffhanger/horror film in watching this company continue to struggle. It is one problem after another after another for Fisker, though the little time I spent behind the wheel was absolutely outstanding.

It’s not easy starting a car company these days, especially working with cutting edge technology. I do hope Fisker continues to grow and thrive despite the difficulties they’ve had, as the world needs more sexy eco cars. Here’s the full 45 minute live chat Fisker did while the rest of us were at the Hotel Figueroa being entertained by Tenacious D, courtesy of Hyundai…


Susanna Schick

Susanna is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it's only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in Los Angeles for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles' streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she's converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.