It’s been a case of ‘one step at a time’ for the new owner of Fisker Automotive, but it seems the carmaker is finally ready to sell cars again.
Fisker’s only model under previous owner, founder and namesake, Henrik Fisker, was the range-extended Karma EV.
China’s Wanxiang Group is the company’s new owner, and has announced that the Karma name will replace the Fisker name and adorn all of its future models.
The first of those models is the reborn Karma, but it seems unlikely that Wanxiang will name its first model ‘Karma Karma’.
The ‘Elux’ name was reported earlier this year, but the assumption was that the reborn Karma would be named “Elux Karma” rather than “Karma Elux”.
Names aside, Karma has also announced a significant new partnership with German carmaker BMW, which will assist Karma with all-electric and charging technology.
As the original Karma was a range-extended EV, it now seems likely that the relaunched version will feature a similar set-up.
“Carmakers buy parts from other carmakers, especially in expensive areas like powertrain technology,” Karma’s Jim Taylor said, speaking with industry paper Automotive News.
“As we launch the vehicle under the new name Karma, using BMW components will be a big help to the brand.”
The ‘new’ Karma is set to launch sometime in 2016, but the company is yet to announce which markets it will target. Given Wanxiang’s Chinese origins and base, the Chinese market seems like an obvious inclusion.
An all-electric version of the new Karma is expected to follow the range-extended version.
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