Troubled automaker Fisker won a stay of execution when Wanxiang bought its assets out of court. In the days after the purchase, speculation about the future of Fisker ranged from starting where they’d left off to ditching the Karma’s troublesome hybrid drivetrain in favor of a more primitive and powerful Corvette V8, a la VL Destino. Earlier this week, we got our first hint of Wanxiang’s plans for Fisker’s future from the company itself, in the form of a newly launched website and a “promise” to build the Fisker Atlantic.
First shown back in 2012, the Fisker Atlantic was the baby brother to the Karma. A luxurious, good-looking plug-in hybrid that was intended to do battle with mainstream Mercedes and BMW models while the sexier, slinkier Fisker Karma acted as the brand’s halo car. The Karma did well enough before Fisker’s troubles started, and will probably do well again. No reason to believe, then, that a reborn Fisker with real funding won’t do better.
Here’s some of Wanxiang’s corporate talk about itself and the “New Fisker” company …
The New Fisker under Wanxiang America Corp ownership will reintroduce “fun” to the driving experience. The New Fisker will keep its nimble and green roots to create a new type of Automotive OE company. One that will display it ingenuity and creativity while keeping the Roots that Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler planted.
Wanxiang America Corp, has a track record that spans many years of success. As one of the largest automotive parts maker in the world “We Know Automotive” and yes we have been accused of being “Car Guys”. Under the leadership of Wanxiang America Corp The New Fisker will deliver on promises and execute on plans.
“Green”, that is what Bernhard Koehler and Henrik Fisker set out to accomplish, we will take it to the next level. Wanxiang has a history of deep investments in Green Technology. With Wanxiang America Corp’s major focus on making the world a better place with Green Technology, you will see The New Fisker create greatness.
… and here are some shots of the upcoming 2015 Fisker Atlantic, which was pretty far along the road to series production already before Fisker’s money woes forced them to delay the car’s launch until, we guessed, 2014 or 2015. Looks like we were right about that one!