Karma Automotive might have been quiet for some time, but at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show, the California-based automaker will have plenty to talk about.Karma on Thursday revealed a teaser photo showing the 2020 Revero, the second generation of the car that was derived from the Fisker Karma.The car debuts at Auto Shanghai in early April.The 2020 Karma Revero will apparently be "faster, smarter" than the outgoing Revero, and the company also promises it will be "even more stunning in design."It's not clear from the shadowy teaser photo exactly how the car's design will change, but we're eager to see the apparently "all-new" model.Interested parties will be able to get behind the wheel soon, too, as Karma says the 2020 Revero will be offered to buy or lease in the second half of this year.
Karma Automotive, the automaker that sprung forth from the burnt hunk of assets formerly known as Fisker, has been making do with a slightly tweaked Fisker Karma, which it calls the Revero, and little else.But we'll get a glimpse at the future in April, and we've got a teaser to hold us over for now.Karma Automotive put out its first Auto Shanghai 2019 teaser today.It previews a concept car that was designed with the help of famed automotive design house Pininfarina.The teaser doesn't offer much, save for some very wide proportions, two distinct lines on the lower front bumper that give off a little bit of a Supra vibe and a nice set of LED running lights.The partnership was first announced in January.
Karma Automotive announced on Thursday that it would be teaming up with legendary automotive design house Pininfarina in a partnership that Karma CEO Lance Zhou promises will accelerate his company's product development and customization options for customers.This partnership is part of Zhou's "Value-Forward" business plan for the Karma that will see the company acquiring tech and IP where possible and partnering with other companies to help bring new products to market.This is kind of in line with its current mode the Revero, which we formerly knew as the Fisker Karma before that company went under."The agreement with Karma represents another important step in the growth strategy of Pininfarina in the North American market, following the opening of our new design center in Los Angeles," said Silvio Pietro Angori, CEO of Pininfarina, in a statement."With Karma, we share the same passion for beauty, exclusivity and innovation, always in the name of environmental sustainability."The companies anticipate the first products created as a result of the partnership to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2019 and we're kind of hoping its a replacement for the now 7-year-old design of the Revero.
Karma Automotive, best known as the company that bought the carcass of Fisker, is still cranking out its continuation Karma (which it calls the Revero) and it announced on Monday that it is making an extra luxurious limited production version called the Aliso.Just as a refresher, the Karma Revero is a warmed over version of the Fisker Karma that made its debut in 2012.It is a plug-in hybrid that will do less than 50 miles on electricity before its not-especially-efficient 2.0-liter gasoline engine kicks in.It produces around 400 horsepower and over 900 pound-feet of torque and will make the sprint to 60 in 5.4 seconds.The base price for one is $130,000.The special Aliso version is limited to just 15 units and starts at $145,000.
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Karma Automotive doesn’t have the notoriety of rival electric car maker Tesla, but that isn't stopping the Southern California automaker from taking a few jabs at Elon Musk’s company in a flashy new ad.Karma is releasing its second network television commercial during the CBS pre-coverage of the 2018 Masters Golf Tournament, and it shows a sleek new model, the Revero, being driven around quintessential Southern California locations while a voice-over touts it as “the most beautiful electric car you have ever seen.”The spot, titled ‘Born in California,’ features the Revero being driven in posh locales, marking it as a high-end vehicle driven by those who appreciate the finer things in life.The spot does not directly call out Tesla, but it’s obvious that the in-state rival wants to set itself apart – and ahead – by stating that the Revero was “born in Southern California, where car culture, imagination and technology come together,” as opposed to Tesla, which hails from the Bay Area.The first spot showed the debut of the Revero, but didn't mention where it was from, save for a final beauty shot of the car against the LA skyline.The automaker chose the Masters to debut the new SoCal-centric spot, by GoConvergence, to tie in with an audience that it thinks is a perfect fit for the high-end electric sports car.
Microsoft is continuing to roll out new hardware, the latest bit being the new Surface Book 2, a new 2-in-1 laptop-tablet combo that looks just like the original Surface Book but grows from a 13 inch display to a 15-incher.DT Computing Editor Matt Smith got his hands on one and it was pumped full of high-performance goodies like 16 gigs of RAM, a 1tb solid state drive, and the latest 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor.Nvidia-powered graphics looks great, the 2-in-1 functionality with the Surface Pen is truly useful, and you can even have a fairly good gaming experience with it, even though it’s not really designed for hard-core gaming – it just has a lot of horsepower.Overall, we give it high marks, but it’s not perfect.The big knock against electric cars – and really, any electric-based transportation thing – is that they take a long time to charge back up so you can resume your journey.We know that someday, someone is going to solve that problem, but according to the reborn Fisker, now owned by a Chinese consortium and called Karma Automotive, that “day” may be only five years away.
Henrik Fisker is nothing if not persistent.After leaving his namesake Fisker Automotive (which has since been resurrected as Karma Automotive), the car designer who helped shaped cars like the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9 started a second company to build another flashy luxury car, the Fisker EMotion.Fisker previously said the EMotion would have a 400-mile range and 161-mph top speed, and now we know that capability will cost $129,000.Fisker said that is the price for cars with the “ultra large battery pack,” indicating that, like Tesla and Lucid Motors, it will offer multiple battery-pack sizes.The first teaser images for the production model show that it is toned down a bit from the prototype Fisker unveiled last year.But with an unusual array of shapes in place of a traditional grille, unusual-looking headlights, and other details, the EMotion will likely still be a wild design.
US-based electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors, which is partially backed by Chinese money, on Wednesday unveiled its US$100,000 luxury concept car with plans to put the vehicle on the road by 2018 to compete with Tesla Motors.Lucid, which counts China s LeEco, venture capital firm Tsing Capital and state-owned Beijing Auto among its investors, is the latest company attempting to build electric cars from scratch to crack the US and Chinese car markets.It joins the ranks of carmakers such as LeEco-backed Faraday Future and Karma Automotive, a subsidiary of Chinese automotive components company Wanxiang Group Corporation, in a race to compete with and even unseat Elon Musk s Tesla Motors.The Air, which is still a concept vehicle, comes with two electric motors that deliver a combined 1,000 horsepower, offers a driving range of over 640 kilometres, and will purportedly be able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/per hour in just 2.5 seconds.Lucid has ambitious plans in that it hopes to start producing cars by 2018, leaving less than two years for the company to build its factory, finalise the production design for the Lucid Air and manufacture the vehicles.The company has already begun taking US$2,500 deposits from consumers eager to get their hands on the car in 2018, despite the fact that the company s planned factory in Arizona has yet to begin construction.
Silicon Valley startup Lucid Motors expects on Wednesday to reveal a production version of its electric sedan, a competitor of the Tesla Model S, and to begin accepting reservations for the car, slated to begin assembly in late 2018.Lucid represents the latest attempt by auto makers backed by Chinese money, including U.S. startups Faraday Future and Karma Automotive as well as NextEV, to crack the U.S. auto market.But those ambitions ran into challenges in 2009, when U.S. car sales fell to their lowest level in about 30 years and General Motors and Chrysler underwent government-backed restructuring.Car deliveries in China soared past those in the U.S. during that time.That segment isn t yet dominated by traditional auto makers and has been spurred by incentives in China, though it has struggled amid low U.S. gas prices.These guys are coming in at the highest levels and saying we want to be Tesla or better, said Michael Dunne, a longtime auto industry consultant who spent years in Asia.
American electric automaker Fisker Inc. not to be confused with Karma Automotive, the company whose assets were purchased by Chinese auto parts specialist Wanxiang Group in early 2014 on Monday unveiled details regarding its upcoming all-electric luxury sedan.Fisker says the EMotion will be able to achieve a top speed of 161 mph and a 400-mile electric range.A newly developed electric powertrain will allow the company to push the vehicle s interior compartment forward and increase the wheelbase to provide ample interior space and legroom.Comfort will be a priority and all seats will have access to displays and infotainment features.Elsewhere, the EMotion will employ a new battery technology using graphene.Fisker Nanotech, a joint venture between Fisker Inc. and Nanotech Energy Inc., will produce the vehicle s battery packs.
Henrik Fisker is getting back into the electric car game with a new design seemingly aimed at both Tesla Motors and his old company, which has been reconstituted as Karma Automotive.Say hello to the Fisker EMotion, a name that is sure to confound spellcheck programs everywhere.As shown in previous teaser images, the EMotion is a sleek sedan that bears a familial resemblance to some of Fisker s other recent designs.It will make its official debut sometime in 2017.The car itself is certainly striking but is not quite as pretty as the original Fisker Karma which will soon re-enter production as the Karma Revero .The large, curved windshield, low hood, and butterfly doors are dramatic touches, but the rest of the car seems to just crib styling details from Fisker s VLF Force 1 sports car, itself seemingly a restyled version of the Dodge Viper.
Just days after Henrik Fisker announced the formation of a new automotive company, Fisker Inc., the Danish designer tweeted a teaser shot from the front of his new vehicle.Complementing a shadowy picture of a butterfly-door sedan from last week, the image shows familiar Fisker styling mixed with new headlight designs.Both cars share a hexagonal grille outline and C-shaped inlets.Unlike the Viper V10-powered Force 1, Fisker s new sedan will be an all-electric model, meaning it does not need an airflow to an engine.Due to its squinty headlights, the front fascia appears to have a wide grin that is more friendly than fierce.Beyond these styling teasers, the Fisker Inc. model will reportedly rival Tesla s Model S, Porsche s Mission-E, Karma Automotive s Revero, and whatever Mercedes-Benz decides to name its all-electric sedan.
Déjà vu happens often in the car world, especially when old names rise again as new models and brands.Thursday night in Laguna Beach, Calif., Karma Automotive debuted the 2017 Karma Revero, a $130,000 four-door sedan that looks nearly identical to the Fisker Karma sedan conceived by Henrik Fisker.Despite such fans as Justin Bieber, the company fell into bankruptcy three years ago.Now, under the direction of parent-company Wanxiang Group, we have a new Karma, take two.From a distance, the new Revero looks nearly identical to the original Fisker Karma see: phoenix, ash but with a few tweaks along the grill, long bi-xenon headlights, and side vents.There are also unique, hand-painted emblems on the front and rear of the body that signify the update.Inside, the Karma s infotainment system has been streamlined so that it is more intuitive and simpler than its predecessor, and functions such as Apple CarPlay are also new to the Revero.The car does not have several comforts we expect from a car at this price point panoramic sunroof; carbon fiber; ceramic brakes; optional all-wheel drive but Bluetooth, park assist, multiple USB ports, Navigation, and interior trim made from real reclaimed wood all come standard.Revero has three drive modes and regenerative braking.
Karma Automotive, a Chinese-owned firm previously known as Fisker Automotive, has introduced a gasoline-electric sedan named Revero.The Revero was born from the scattered ashes of the Fisker Karma, a luxurious sedan sold in strictly limited numbers in 2011 and 2012.Careful observers will point out the Revero features new emblems — which are hand-painted, according to the company — a revised grille, new-look headlights, and new alloy wheel designs.The cabin receives a more modern infotainment system developed from scratch.Like its Fisker-badged predecessor, the Revero is powered by a gasoline-electric drivetrain built around a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine borrowed from the General Motors parts bin.The turbo four acts as a range extender that charges a lithium-ion battery pack, meaning it doesn t directly spin the wheels.
If the rough definition of karma is what goes around, comes around then Karma Automotive picked an excellent name for its Revero luxury hybrid, the rebirth of the loved-but-flawed Fisker.After snapping up the gas-electric leftovers from Fisker s demise in early 2014, the new company has taken the wannabe Tesla rival and brought it back up to date, preserving the distinctive – and still fresh – design but revamping powertrain, tech, and more.The result is a car that, though it may look like the roughly thousand Fisker Karma examples still on the road – numbers were sapped a little by a spontaneous combustion problem, something Samsung is now experiencing with the Note 7 – is actually significantly different.Karma Automotive will build the rebranded Revero in Moreno Valley, California, counting on low-volume production and a large degree of individual involvement in the construction process to help set the hybrid apart from rivals.Like the Chevrolet Volt, it relies on electric motors – in this case two at the rear – and a gas engine that acts as a generator: that s good for an electronically-limited top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds in Sport mode.With the powertrain so set, the Revero uses both the charge in its batteries and the gas generator.
Karma Automotive, a Chinese-owned firm previously known as Fisker Automotive, has announced plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid sedan called Revero in the coming weeks.The Revero was born from the scattered ashes of the Fisker Karma, a luxurious gasoline-electric sedan sold in strictly limited numbers in 2011 and 2012.At first glance, it looks like the aesthetic differences between the Revero and the Karma are minor at best.Pictures of the rear end aren t available yet.Like its Fisker-badged predecessor, the Revero will get a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain capable of running on electricity alone for approximately 50 miles, which is enough to cover many motorists daily commute.Interestingly, the Revero boasts a large, roof-mounted solar panel that generates enough energy to charge the car.
Don't call it a comeback; the Karma has been here for years.On Thursday morning, the fledgling Southern California-based carmaker Karma Automotive revealed the first photo of its "new" model, the Revero.Along with swoop-y body lines and four doors, the Revero features a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well as a solar-panel roof that supplies power to its onboard batteries — a first for the American market.Now, the Revero isn't exactly new or old.That's because it's essentially the Fisker Karma that debuted in 2011 to take on the Tesla Model S. However, that company in late 2013 famously folded and filed for bankruptcy.After a long, rough road, the Karma is back.
Discussions involving solar-powered, electric vehicles as of late have revolved around Tesla but that s not the only automaker dabbling in the field.Fisker Automotive, if you recall, was one of the first to produce a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.When much of its inventory was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, however, the company filed for bankruptcy.The company s assets were purchased by Chinese auto parts specialist Wanxiang Group a few months later.Under new ownership, its name was changed to Karma Automotive.On Thursday, Karma Automotive e-revealed pictures and video of its upcoming Karma Revero.
Insert your choice of phoenix-from-the-ashes metaphor here, as Karma Automotive reveals the new Revero plug-in hybrid, and no we haven't used an old Fisker photo.Hoping to drag profit, customers, and acclaim from the embers of ill-fated Fisker - which went down in flames, both euphemistically and literally - the reborn car company hasn't strayed too far from the original car, or at least its design.In fact, park a Revero next to an original Fisker Karma and you'd be forgiven for not being able to tell the difference at first or second glance.That, the Karma team says, is entirely intentional."The Karma Revero features updates to the timeless design," the company declared today, "which is hailed by many consumers and media as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever."Whether you're a fan of the swoops and curves or not, there's no denying that Karma has done plenty to bring the new car up to speed with what the rest of the EV and plug-in hybrid market is offering.