From the moment the first Fisker rolled off of Finnish assembly lines, there were doubts about its marketability and engineering quality. Consumer Reports was one of the first to sound alarm bells after their Fisker died en route from picking it up at the dealership, and things only got worse from there.
The Wanxiang Group now owns the rights to the Fisker Karma, which it plans to relaunch after fixing some 250 “bugs” found in the original design, according to an interview with Automotive News. Following that, a second model based on the Fisker Atlantic is planned to launch soon after. Wanxaing definitely has its work cut out for it though.
Among the issues faced by the Fisker Karma were unexplained fires, poor fuel economy, and such limited interior space that it was officially classified as a subcompact. Wanxiang didn’t specify what bugs it was working on, but hopefully they can at least get the Karma to the point where it works as designers originally intended; as an efficient and somewhat fast plug-in hybrid. It’s good to see Wanxiang taking their entry to the U.S. market seriously, and they know that if Fisker is going to have any chance at all, it has to make the most of this second chance.
Wanxiang is serious about getting into the electric car business, and even wants to bring Fisker production back to the US, but the road ahead won’t be easy. Is America ready to give Fisker a second chance?