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Since arriving in the industry with fanfare back in 2007, Fisker has read like a textbook chapter about how difficult it can be to get a business off the ground. Despite having a beautiful product to sell, virtually nothing has gone smooth for the green start-up. It's been mired in all kinds of delays, has had publicity issues, has seen a leadership shake-up, and has fallen out of favor with government backers. We're sure we missed a few setbacks.
If you've watched any of the Great Fisker Debacle, you might be under the impression that a bankruptcy announcement is imminent. However, Fisker sales numbers actually seem encouraging.
According to the numbers released by Fisker earlier this week, it's delivered a total of 1,000 Karmas to customers in the US and Europe. Given that deliveries began in December of last year, that's not bad at all.
Posted In: Car News, Exotics, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Fisker, green, hybrids, Karma, sales, business, Atlantic
In the last two years, Guinness World Records has seen the title change hands five times for the tightest parallel park. Most notably, a German driver named Ronny Wechselberger achieved total victory last year, emergency braking into home via Volkswagen Polo, while garnering millions of internet views shortly thereafter. But last month, Wechselberger’s record was smashed by Patrik Folco, who managed to slide into a gap which measured a mere 8.66 inches wider than Mr. Folco’s vehicle. As it would turn out, not even 8.66 inches was small enough to ward off all challengers.
On the heels of an already impressive parallel parking record, Chinese stuntman and driver extraordinaire, Han Yue, laid waste to the competition – drifting to eternal glory at a mere 5.91 inches beyond the length of his China-market special edition Mini.
And this was no accident. Mini organized Yue’s world record attempt to occur in conjunction with the launching of a new special edition Mini, aptly named The Chinese Job.
Posted In: Car News, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous, Videos
Tags: Mini, world, record, guinness, parallel, park, sets, set, han, yue, China, job
The Ford Flex mid-sized SUV gets a price hike for the 2013 model year. The 2013 model starts at $31,710 (includes $825 destination fee), a $1,420 leap from the base price of the 2012 model. The price increase pushes the Flex over the price of some competitors.
Not only does the $31,710 price of the 2013 Flex make it well more than competitors like the $29,050 2012 Toyota Highlander, but it's also about $2,000 more than the 2013 Ford Explorer, which is based on the same platform, offers comparable space and delivers better fuel economy.
If you find the idea of "American muscle meeting Italian design" intriguing (personally, we're quite happy with American muscle meeting American design and Italian muscle finding its way to Italian design), you may want to keep posted to auto news over the course of the next month. Puritalia has teased a new sports car that it says combines those two iconic qualities.
There's about a month to go before the official debut, according to the teaser website that Puritalia set up. Other than that, there are no official details on the site. In fact, until today, we'd never even heard of Puritalia.
Posted In: Exotics, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: sports cars, Puritalia, 427, teasers, photos, new cars
Nissan announced last week that it will begin production on its second electric vehicle in the 2013 financial year. The vehicle in question is the e-NV200, which will add some serious people/cargo moving capability to the electric market.
With the exception of the costly RAV4 Electric, the EVs on the market today are all small compact and subcompact cars. The e-NV200, on the other hand, will be based on the standard NV200, a compact commercial cargo van that offers 123 cubic feet of cargo space in back.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Nissan, e-NV200, new cars, EVs, electric cars
The thought of a Fiat 500 Electric was exciting enough to get third-party manufacturers hacking their own version, but it's apparently not enough to stir any kind of emotion over at Fiat itself. While the tiny 500 might seem like an ideal place to stick a lithium-ion battery pack and small electric motor, Fiat isn't all too optimistic on the 500 Electric's future.
During the same interview in which he mentioned the fate of the Chrysler Town & Country and Jeep Compass, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne mentioned the upcoming electric 500. While you might expect Fiat/Chrysler to be upbeat about its first North American electric vehicle, the tale of the event paints everything but smiles on Marchionne's face. He said that Chrysler is essentially building the electric car only to meet requirements in California and other states and expects to lose money on every model sold.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Fiat, 500 Electric, 500 E, electric, EV, green
Named after the late Harold LeMay, whose private auto collection was once certified by Guiness as the world's largest, LeMay - America's Car Museum opened its doors for the first time this past weekend. The museum will hold its public grand opening later this week.
The museum "spotlights America's love affair with the automobile" in a nine-acre facility in Tacoma, Washington. The museum serves as the centerpiece of the greater facility, and visitors will find up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from LeMay's collection and private and corporate owners. The 165,000 sq ft, four-story museum, which has been called the largest in North America and one of the largest in the world, will also serve as a sort of ground zero for auto collectors, fans and other parties to gather, socialize and network. Other facilities of the greater campus include a 3.5-acre car show field, a cafe and a banquet hall.
Posted In: Car News, Classics, Reports
Tags: LeMay, museums, events, car museums, Tacoma, Washington
We'd imagine the Alfa Romeo 4C's curves look good even before they're covered in paint, but the concept's paint schemes have been spot on. The original icy red simply refused to be ignored, and the follow-up fluid metal silver was nearly as luxurious. For the Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d'Este this past weekend, Alfa presented a new color of 4C. And it's every bit as mesmerizing as its predecessors.
We haven't seen the proper name for the new paint, but what we do see is a deep, robust red that hugs the 4C's curves as naturally as lipstick on a supermodel's lips.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics, Reports
Tags: Alfa, Alfa Romeo, 4C, concepts, Villa d'Este, Lake Como
Last year around this time, we saw the Aston Martin V12 Zagato for the first time at the Concorso d‘Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. This year brings a new Ville d'Este and a new Zagato. BMW introduced the Zagato Coupe at the festivities this past weekend.
BMW and Zagato collaborated closely to build the one-off handcrafted masterpiece. The goal was to craft a "BMW seen through the eyes of Zagato," an aero-optimized, steet-legal car that could hit speeds like a track car but still meet all the legal obligations of an everyday driver.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Exotics, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: BMW, Zagato, Concours d'Elegance, Lake Como, concept cars
Years ago, minivans were gradually phased out as the ride of choice for families and soccer teams, first by the SUV, and then by the more efficient crossover. Only problem is, someone forgot to tell a few of the remaining minivan stalwarts from the 80s. Fiat/Chrysler is just now getting around to doing the job on the Town & Country.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that it will phase out the Town & Country in 2014 to make room for a new small crossover. At the same time, it will axe the Compass from Jeep's lineup, essentially shifting the small crossover over to the Chrysler brand. The crossover should be more upscale and expensive than the entry level Compass, in line with Chrysler's identity of (or attempt at) luxury.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Town and Country, Caravan, Compass, crossovers, minivans, Fiat
The Beetle may be a timeless design, but it's a car that evokes a certain amount of nostalgia for decades gone by. Stare at it long enough and you may find yourself transported to Woodstock or the 1970s gas crisis. If new rumors hold truth, Volkswagen will play upon the Beetle's nostalgia when it launches the new Beetle convertible. Instead of just launching the production convertible, it will launch at least three special edition models.
According to Car & Driver, the special edition convertibles will play up the Beetle's illustrious 74-year history. Based on some trademark filings, the magazine expects each one to be dedicated to a given decade - 50s, 60s and 70s. Volkswagen filed European trademark applications for the numeric and written designations for those decades, so it looks likely that it will show convertibles styled specific to each decade.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: VW, Beetle, convertible, new cars, 2012 LA Auto Show, special editions