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Fisker’s Project Nina To Enter Production By End Of 2012

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Californian startup Fisker Automotive has been taking a lot of flak from the media following the launch of its first model, the 2012 Fisker Karma range-extended luxury sedan, due to the company’s decision to build the car in Finland despite borrowing more than half a billion dollars in Department of Energy loans.

What many outlets fail to mention is that Fisker plans to use most of that funding to start production of a second model, the smaller and more affordable ‘Project Nina’, at a former GM plant in Delaware.

Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher has revealed to The Detroit News that production of Project Nina will start as early as next year with a view to commence full scale production by the middle of 2013.

This is almost a year earlier than previous predictions that said full scale production of Project Nina, some 75,000 to 100,000 cars per year, wouldn’t start until 2014.

Fisker also anticipates that Project Nina will ultimately create or support 2,000 factory jobs and more than 3,000 vendor and supplier jobs at the Delaware plant.

Note, Project Nina won’t be a single model but rather a family of different boydstyles all using a variation of the automaker’s range-extended electric drivetrain found in the Karma. The first model will be a mid-size luxury sedan.

One key difference between Project Nina and the Karma will be the adoption of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from BMW as opposed to the current GM supplied Ecotec unit Fisker is relying on.

For our complete coverage of Project Nina’s development, click here.
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  1. In my opinion, Fisker will never deliver. He's in the business of selling stock, not selling cars. This is yet another venture of his that will go badly wrong. After designing an Aston Martin and the BMW Z8 Fisker has completely lost the plot. This is another epic fail and we, the taxpayers, are holding a big part of the bag. Too bad Fisker is such a smooth talking con artist.
     
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  2. I think it's much too early to call this fail. I mean Fisker has brought to the market something no other automaker apart from GM has. And even if you point out the poor EPA numbers, you have to remember the performance and luxury of the Karma is on par with big V8 models.

    I would wait until the Project Nina comes out before you can judge Fisker. The same goes for Tesla.

    Where's Toyota's plug-in hybrid, where's BMW's, where's Daimler's... still not here.
     
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  3. The author of this 'report' has obviously gobbled up Fisker's press release with bothering to check facts:
    "Project Nina will start as early as next year with a view to commence full scale production by the middle of 2013. This is almost a year earlier than previous predictions that said full scale production of Project Nina, some 75,000 to 100,000 cars per year, wouldn’t start until 2014."

    The original press release from Fisker and the Department of Energy stated:
    "Fisker estimates that up to 75,000-100,000 of these highly efficient vehicles will roll off assembly lines in the U.S. every year beginning in late 2012."
    https://lpo.energy.gov/?p=888
     
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  4. sholmanny,

    If you had read the article correctly, you would see that the information about the Nina starting production at the end of 2012 was based on comments made by Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher to The Detroit News in October of 2011.

    You should also realize that plans can, and often do, change over time. The press release you are referring to was released in 2009.
     
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