6th September 2013
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For $25,000: New or Used? Latest Wide Open Throttle Discusses

Greg Emmerson of European Car joins the roundtable discussion on this episode of Wide Open Throttle to discuss his recent Head 2 Head comparison of the BMW E30 M3, Scion FR-S, and Volkswagen GTI. Jessi Lang, Jonny Lieberman, Angus MacKenzie, and Ron Kiino also discuss the crowded entry-luxury segment as well as the future of new and existing electric vehicle manufacturers. Despite the classic BMW’s high cost of entry when it was new and similar performance ...
30th August 2013
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Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting “soon”

Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan to sell green cars around the world. He wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, though, as he talked about his company to the assembled ECC members and media. Fisker said that ...
28th August 2013
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Bloomberg says buyers, not automakers, should get more federal funding for plug-in vehicles

The U.S. government would be more effective at spurring plug-in vehicle sales if it provided more financial incentives to consumers instead of automakers. At least, that's the opinion in a Bloomberg News editorial. Saying that finding alternatives to gasoline 'a worthy public goal,' Bloomberg says the government should expand purchasing incentives beyond the $7,500 it provides for buyers of some plug-ins and hybrids. President Obama has said he wants 1 million plug-in vehicles to be on ...
23rd August 2013
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Ford, Nissan Quietly Received Loans From Department of Energy For Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Ford, being the only company that didn’t get the much-publicized bailout back in 2008, had the envious position of bragging about its financial stability to its Detroit rivals. But this time it’s Ford, not GM or Chrysler, that has been receiving loans from the US government in order to upgrade its assembly lines. Ford received $5.9 billion in June 2009, and since then ...
23rd August 2013
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Tesla’s Elon Musk calls Fisker Karma ‘a mediocre product at a high price’

It is official: the gloves are off in the war of words between Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive chief Henrik Fisker. Most of the verbal barbs came from Musk, who sat down to gossip with Automobile Magazine about archrival Fisker. The bad blood goes back a few years to when Tesla unsuccessfully sued Henrik Fisker for developing the Karma while under contract for the design of the Model S – basically paying someone ...
17th August 2013
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Henrik Fisker Resigns From Fisker Automotive

John Gress/Reuters Henrik Fisker, co-founder of Fisker Automotive. Fisker Automotive announced Wednesday that Henrik Fisker, its co-founder and executive chairman, had left the company because of disagreements with management. In a statement, the company said his departure was “not expected to impact the company’s pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support Fisker Automotive’s continued progress.” The company declined requests for interviews. In an e-mail to Automotive News, the company attributed Mr. Fisker’s resignation to “several major ...
12th August 2013
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Nissan Objects to New SAE Charging Standard

Not even a week ago, automakers from all over the globe agreed to a new standard for electric vehicle charging, called the Combined Charging System, or CCS. Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Daimler AG, and Porsche have been lobbying for the use of single-pug system (a.k.a. CCS) for rapid charging, and Chrysler joining the group as well. But somebody forgot to tell ...
11th August 2013
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Game on! Elon Musk calls Fisker Karma ‘a mediocre product at a high price’

It is official: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive chief Henrik Fisker are throwing jabs at each other, without wearing gloves or safety helmets! Okay, maybe it's not that exciting, but, for those interested in the egos and competition behind the new industry of luxury plug-ins, it's worth checking out. Most of the juicy information came from the extremely busy Musk, taking time away from developing advanced EV technology and Space X cargo ships, ...
2nd August 2013
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Consumer Reports buys Tesla Model S. Yes, we’re jealous

Lucky them. That's our opinion of Consumer Reports, which really took one for the team by taking delivery of its Tesla Model S last week. The organization is noted for purchasing most of the vehicles it tests rather than reviewing ones loaned to them by manufacturers. The institute groused about waiting for more than two years after paying its $5,000 deposit to receive the goods. While the car's base price is $57,400, Consumer Reports managed to ...
31st July 2013
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Fisker widens European distribution, launches U.S. ad campaign

This Tesla-Fisker tit-for-tat thing could get fun. Last week, Fisker launched its first national advertising campaign for its extended-range plug-in luxury sedans in the form of a multi-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on the same day Tesla unveiled its all-electric Model S, Hybrid Cars reports. Fisker, which has generated more than $100 million in revenue through sales of its Karma sedan, included a statement in the ad from company founder Henrik Fisker that noted that ...