We’re all keenly aware of how unfortunately difficult it is to launch a new car company in modern times; just ask John DeLorean or Malcolm Bricklin how their respective ventures are going.
Sadly, it’s even harder to bring even a perfectly desirable automaker back from the dead. So naturally, when Fisker Automotive – the electric-car-making brain-child of celebrated designer Henrik Fisker – bit the dust back in late 2013, we had assumed it would stay dead. We held onto that assumption even after Chinese automotive parts-maker Wanxiang Group Corp. bought Fisker Auto‘s assets early the next year, promising to revive the company’s sole offering: the Fisker Karma.
Joyously, we were wrong.
Fisker Automotive is coming back, and according to Motor Authority, the luxury electric car marque will resume production of the Fisker Karma, post-haste.
It’s almost as if nothing ever happened at all!
Almost. There will be a few noteworthy differences, of course. For starters, Fisker Automotive has a new name: the Fisker Automotive and Technology Group. Second, the Fisker Karma will be getting some (necessary) updates to bring it into the late 2010s. The car was originally presented as a concept way back in 2008, after all, although it took another three or so years to reach production.
And third, the production site of the Fisker Karma will move from Finland to Moreno Valley, California. Now, that’s about 420 miles away from Tesla Motors‘ Palo Alto headquarters, so the two won’t exactly be within spitting distance. However, it will be interesting to see if the two proud electric-carmakers ever compete with one another over government tax credits.
Interestingly enough, the original battery supplier for the Fisker Karma – A123 Systems, was also purchased by Wanxiang Group Corp., so chances are that will continue to be the battery source for this newly reborn Fisker Karma.
Motor Authority reports that the Fisker Karma could relaunch as early as mid-2016.