Blessed with good KARMA, Henrik Fisker is going to see his Karma come to fruition on the roads in 2017.
It’s like the sports car industry donned a pair of Speedos…
With all the turmoil going on now in the automotive world, it must be like the turn of the 19th into the 20 century. More entrepreneurs, more boom, more busts, more bursts into a wide-open future.
It’s the technology, man. End of 19th century was the rush to motorize horse-drawn carriages. In this early 21st century, we’re around the corner from self-driving electric cars. Which brings us to the Fisker Karma.
2017 Karma Revero based on Fisker Design
By the time the bold and brilliant Henrik Fisker created the Karma, he had already impressed with the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Having struck out on his own in creative petulance, his Karma was the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid and received real accolades, including the International Design Awards Product Design of the Year, Automobile magazine’s Design of the Year Award, Top Gear Car of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2011.
“A battery… a battery… my kingdom for a battery!” For want of a battery manufacturer [the incumbent supplier having gone bankrupt] and other hurlyburly winds sweeping the auto industry – Fisker lost control of his company. A Chinese parts manufacturer Wanxiang picked up the assets and created a new car company, Karma. Production of Fisker’s dream has been moved from Finland to the ole USA: Moreno Valley, California. The Karma for 2017 is to be called the Karma Revero.
The miserable and slow infotainment system that afflicted the original Fisker has been completely reinvented to be smart and fun and fast.
The solar roof remains, and can now provide enough power to move the car.
You can order one of these now, at MSRP of $130,000. Click to see the short list of distributors.
The Fisker has the kind of narrative arc that typified the car industry in the first decades of the 20th century. Boldness and style. Calamity and dire straits, new combinations and the car culture surges forward. After Fisker declared bankruptcy – almost everyday for 7 months – there was a Fisker Karma parked at an unfed parking meter on Ventura Blvd. Where I lived in Studio City, Los Angeles. I walked by it most days, and looked at one of those lame black and red For Sale signs you get at the local True Value hardware store and fill-out the details. It was taped inside the racy Karma rear window. For Sale, call owner and a local number.
Never ever got a parking ticket, and I always liked to think out of respect for the car. One day, it was gone. Maybe Henrik picked it up.