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Upstart American electric-vehicle automaker Fisker officially introduced its Ocean all-electric SUV at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, with company founder and CEO Henrik Fisker presenting new details about the vehicle’s features, specs, performance, and technologies. Although the company has teased the public before with concept versions of the Ocean, this is the first time journalists were given a chance to look at what Fisker says is essentially the production version. The Ocean is the first production vehicle from Fisker Inc.—not the same organization as Fisker’s original namesake company that made the Fisker Karma plug-in-hybrid sedan.
Here’s a fun thing to do: Visit the EPA’s public website, fueleconomy.gov, and do a search by manufacturer. The drop-down menu lists every automobile brand you might expect, plus a couple you might not.
All told, about 1800 Fisker vehicles were built before the company’s collapse, all of which were 2011 and 2012 Karma sedans. First shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show was the Surf, a rakish wagon based on the Karma. Sadly, Fisker ran out of cash before the Surf would see production. Presented here are Consumer Guide’s original highlights written in anticipation of Surf’s 2013 arrival.
According to online business magazine Fast Company, a good product name should be memorable, mean something, and sound good when spoken. By those rules, Accord strikes me as a good model name. Accord means something (the definition of accord is “agreement of import”), it’s memorable as a model name, and it rolls nicely off the tongue.
Bob Lutz has accomplished more in his golden years than most auto execs do in a lifetime. At age 69, Lutz became General Motors’ Vice Chairman of Product Development and helped create cars such as the Cadillac CTS, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Enclave, Buick LaCrosse, and Pontiac Solstice. He also championed the electric/gas Chevrolet Volt before withdrawing from an active role at GM in 2009. Now at age 81, Lutz is launching a high-performance sedan, the VL Destino.
It looks like it’s one step forward for Fisker Automotive after a few steps back. The maker of luxury plug-in hybrid electric cars has announced the next vehicle in its expanding family—the Atlantic sedan—at this week’s New York Auto Show.
The 2011 Fisker Karma is a new gas/electric hybrid luxury car. Originally slated for introduction during the 2010 model year, this 4-door, rear-wheel-drive sedan is built in Finland and distributed by U.S.-based Fisker Automotive, Inc.