The Fisker Karma is reportedly close to a relaunch, thanks to the new owner’s decision to stick with the range-extended EV luxury car’s existing design.
Speaking with industry paper Automotive News, anonymous sources close to the new owner, Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, reportedly said the relaunch was being ‘accelerated’.
This would limit the time available for the Karma to renegotiate crash testing and government ‘red tape’, so Wanxiang has decided to pick up where Fisker left off with the existing Karma design.
"It will have to be nearly identical to the 2012 model, or it would need to go through testing and certification again," a source said.
"I don’t think they want to put a lot of engineering into it either, [they’ll] probably use up some of the old parts that are in inventory."
Sourcing new parts from previous suppliers could prove to be a problem, with many reportedly wary after losses sustained when Fisker collapsed last year.
Wanxiang could, of course, manufacture the necessary parts itself, but the engineering input would further delay the relaunch and add to the cost.
But cost shouldn’t be an issue, following Wanxiang owner Lu Guangiu’s declaration in May that he would “burn as much cash as it takes to succeed, or until Wanxiang goes bust”.
The benefit for potential customers of the re-born Fisker brand is that they now know what the ‘new’ Karma will look like, with many previous customers declaring its arguably modern flowing design to be its best feature.
While the Karma may look the same, a second anonymous source reportedly said it won’t be “100 percent identical” with “noticeable upgrades” in several key areas.