Fisker Seeks to Share the Karma
Present at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company's founder, Henry Fisker, admitted things aren't quite as planned, so a bit of help from someone with more experience and perhaps some cash would be highly appreciated.
Simply put, Fisker is currently looking for an automotive partner with a pedigree, who would chip in its expertise, money and, why not, marketing channels. And by automotive partner with a pedigree, Fisker doesn't necessarily mean American.
"We're going into China in the second half of next year. We're already finalizing negotiations with a major Chinese distributor," Fisker was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"A strategic partnership with somebody, that's a possibility," Fisker added. "We have had talks with several car companies about that, but it has to be not only the right timing but the right fit."
Fisker's efforts are made to insure the success of the Karma, a $87,900 PHEV expected to be launched by the beginning of 2012. No names of possible partners were mentioned.
The car made its public driving debut in mid-August last year, running two laps on the renown 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca course. It managed to reach a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h) while on the race track, without using any gasoline.
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Actually, production of the Karma will start in 3 months time and after a few months will reach 1250 cars per month! So Fisker seems to be doing quite well on its own. The 2012 date (end of that year) concerns the second Fisker-model, the more affordable Nina.