The unit is made in Austria by the same company that manufactures the iconic G-Wagen. Fisker learned its lesson from the Karma failure and chose a serious partner that can deliver the brand's mobility vision. That's why it collaborates with Magna Steyr and ships the vehicles from the Old Continent to the US and Canada.
Last month, the company announced (or confirmed) that it will add three new vehicles to its roster – the PEAR, the Alaska pickup truck, and the halo car Ronin. The PEAR and the Alaska are scheduled to be manufactured in the US. The brand said both vehicles would be eligible for the EV tax credit. But that'll only be possible if Foxconn – Fisker's contract manufacturing partner for North America – manages to reach a final agreement with bankrupt Lordstown, from which it bought a factory in Ohio.
The tri-motor halo EV Ronin is a very expensive experiment. It costs $394,000, but the brand can't guarantee it until 2025. Keep in mind that the sum does not include the sales tax, possible options, and fees. That means buyers will spend well over $400,000 for one. It's quite the bet!
But big ambitions attract attention. Car designer Frank Stephenson noticed fellow professional Henrik Fisker's efforts to revive the company and achieve his dream of selling cars that must not abide by traditional rules. Stephenson is well-known in the automotive world. He designed the Ferrari F430, the BMW X5, the Maserati MC12, the McLaren P1, MP4-12C, and 570S, and the Fiat 500. That's a portfolio that will impress nearly everyone.
However, Henrik Fisker is also a well-known designer. He was responsible for the BMW Z8, the Aston Martin DB9 and the V8 Vantage, and even spent some time at Tesla.
No beating around the bushBoth are imaginative thinkers. Both have left their mark on iconic vehicles. Both are still involved in the automotive industry. But while Stephenson is still only focusing on design, Fisker is actively working to expand his vision internationally, unrestricted by existing brand norms.
But Stephenson doubles down and says the Ronin's front end looks like someone's sucking lemons. He also underlines that there's no dynamic stance, and the side profile lacks cohesiveness with the rest of the car, which makes it look like it was randomly put together. He also states that the overall impression he's left with is that the car looks very heavy.
Stephenson also pointed out that the taillights are bland, the lettering on the trunk could've been more intricately put together, and the wheels, albeit nice, seem to be taken from another car and put on the Ronin like the person in charge didn't see the EV before giving it those rims.
Ultimately, the designer compares the Fisker Ronin to the Tower of Babylon. He says that there are many elements cramped together, but also goes further and adds that the exterior look doesn't breathe innovation, and people might not get their money's worth because the EV doesn't look sensational.
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