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Fisker Teases Project Nina

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On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Teases Project Nina

Fisker may be dealing with all kinds of internal turmoil, but it's trying to put on a brave public face. The green start-up released a teaser of its Project Nina sedan this week in anticipation of an event at the New York Auto Show next month.

Fisker didn't specify the exact nature of the event, saying vaguely that it's "a special event ahead of the New York Auto Show to share with media, retailers and the public a business update and give a glimpse of the future of our company." Given that the teaser is clearly a car, we'll assume that "future" is a concept version of the Project Nina sedan.

The timing of the release is curious. Last month, it was reported that Fisker had lost hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. Fisker admitted that Nina development would be put on hold and laid off workers at the Delaware plant being equipped to build Nina models. Barely one month later, and the company is teasing what appears to be a Nina concept.

Fisker is certainly trying to instill faith in investors. Late last month, Fisker CEO, co-founder and namesake Henrik Fisker surrendered his role as CEO to Tom LaSorda, a former Chrysler CEO. LaSorda came out swinging, saying that Fisker would work to identify other financing sources and would be profitable by 2013. This New York event appears like a move to show that Fisker is still working toward the future.

Fisker has said little about Project Nina, but the first vehicle is believed to be a smaller, cheaper plug-in sedan - essentially Fisker's Model S. The car is rumored to be positioned at about half of the $102,000 price of the Karma, giving it a little more mass appeal.

The teaser tells us the car may be smaller, but it shouldn't be any less sporty. It has a fastback roofline and lip spoiler. It looks like it might be a 2 + 2 layout, but the image doesn't include doors, so we'll have to wait to be sure.


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