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Fisker Karma car dies in Consumer Reports testing [Another green machine bites the dust]
Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ben Klayman

Posted on 03/08/2012 11:17:18 PM PST by Zakeet

A $100,000-plus Fisker Automotive luxury sports car died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown, leaving the struggling electric car startup with another blow to its image.

"It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday.

In a statement, Fisker said it was assessing the source of the problem that caused its Karma plug-in hybrid to fail. Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to examine the car.

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Over the last month, Fisker changed its chief executive and halted work at its U.S. plant as it renegotiates the terms of a $529 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Fisker has already recalled some Karmas and in January it halted Karma sales for four days to fix a software malfunction that at times triggered warning lights while temporarily freezing navigation systems.

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In December, Fisker recalled 239 Karmas due to a possible defect in batteries made by A123 that could cause a coolant fluid leak and electrical short circuit.

The previous month, A123 reduced its full-year revenue outlook after Fisker unexpectedly cut orders.

Fisker builds the Karma in Finland and plans to build a second model, the Nina sedan, at its Wilmington, Delaware plant, a former General Motors Co factory.

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The Karma's issue will not affect Consumer Reports' reliability rating for the car because those scores are based on feedback from owners who subscribe to the magazine

(Excerpt) Read more at wsbt.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: consumerreports; electriccar; fisker; fiskerkarma; green; michigan; moneylaundering

You stupid taxpayers don't need to worry about the money spent on this green crap ... cause we'll make a working hybrid electric golf cart ... eventually ... perhaps

1 posted on 03/08/2012 11:17:24 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

I have only two things to say:

“Ha!”

and

“Ha!”


2 posted on 03/08/2012 11:29:45 PM PST by WKTimpco (Traditional Values Counter Revolution)
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To: Zakeet

Imagine how disconcerting the taxpayers’ cost is!


3 posted on 03/08/2012 11:36:05 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: WKTimpco

4 posted on 03/08/2012 11:39:00 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Zakeet

Fascism sucks.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 11:44:57 PM PST by DB
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To: Zakeet

If we all contributed two cents, maybe we could buy Obummer something electric. And I’m not thinking about a car.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 11:48:43 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: Zakeet
Congressman John Campbell, R-CA48, reportedly bought one of these a few days ago and raves about it.

Before becoming a congresscritter, Campbell used to be a car dealer.

7 posted on 03/08/2012 11:48:48 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Zakeet
""It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday."

Please, Mr. Champion.....allow me to fix your Understatement of the Year thusly:

""It is a f**king embarrassment and a cast iron ripoff of the American taxpayers who subsidized this P.O.S. that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday.

8 posted on 03/08/2012 11:51:33 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Zakeet
Over the last month, Fisker changed its chief executive and halted work at its U.S. plant as it renegotiates the terms of a $529 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.

So, Ubanga is paying back some more campaign donors, I presume.

9 posted on 03/09/2012 12:01:40 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Zakeet
As my dummy (Barack) and I say, "Screw you, America!"


10 posted on 03/09/2012 12:01:41 AM PST by twister881
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To: Zakeet
As a practicing Buddhist I think I can authoritatively say...

KARMA!

LOL

11 posted on 03/09/2012 12:04:36 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Zakeet

Ugly, uncomfortable looking, crazy overpriced, crooked crony capitalist clown car runs for 180 mile then breaks down.

Well at at least it didn’t blow up like the usual ObamaMobile.


12 posted on 03/09/2012 12:11:06 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: Zakeet

Karma's a BITCH !!!

13 posted on 03/09/2012 12:23:14 AM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: RightOnline
"It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday.

Developed by former Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker, the Karma is the first in a planned series of offering from California start-up Fisker Motors. The goal was to develop a striking, high-performance sports car that also could lay claims to being a green machine.

But the official numbers from the EPA don’t quite support that. Balancing the car’s electric and gasoline performance in a series of simulations the feds came up with a 52 MPGe rating. And while that’s on a par with what one might expect from the decidedly slower and less stylish Toyota Prius, it’s well short of the maker’s promised 67.2 MPGe, or miles-per-gallon equivalent.

Range, meanwhile, came in at just 32 miles on battery power alone compared to Fisker’s anticipated 50 miles per charge.

And since that means the vehicle will likely be driven a lot more often on gasoline power alone the EPA’s other figure might be equally disappointing, with the car rated at just 20 miles per gallon in the combined cycle.

14 posted on 03/09/2012 12:39:31 AM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Zakeet

All this electric car nonsense is merely Premier Hussein’s version of the Russian Lada.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 12:56:14 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: WKTimpco

Wimpy John campbell congressman (R) from CA. was pimping the Fiskar
as a marvelous revolutionary car. I guess he bought one.

What an idiot Rhino!


16 posted on 03/09/2012 1:07:50 AM PST by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: Jack Hammer

I have this vision of a commercial where a Ford
Mustang pushes an electric car into a well as
the guy from “300” says...”This is AMERICA!”.


17 posted on 03/09/2012 1:19:14 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: WKTimpco
What do you expect when the lead designer has less IQ than Homer?


18 posted on 03/09/2012 1:58:46 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (Mohammedan law every woman must belong to a man will delay the end of slavery until Islam has ceased)
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To: TigersEye

I think their Karma ran over their dogma...


19 posted on 03/09/2012 2:00:13 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
I love that one.

I'm sorry but my karma just ran over your dogma.

The first time I saw that joke was a bumper sticker on an old Karmann Ghia in Ft. Collins about 1986. Seemed to fit so well.

20 posted on 03/09/2012 2:07:02 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Zakeet
Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to examine the car.

You mean if I buy one and it breaks down, they'll send a couple engineers out to fix it? I'm impressed. What customer service!

Oh, these are the two guys who designed the thing?

21 posted on 03/09/2012 2:28:06 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

At least they have better customer service than Tesla. After a half dozen Tesla Roadster owners bricked their new cars by mismanaging the battery charge state, Tesla informed them that the only fix was a battery replacement, at a cost of $45,000 each.


22 posted on 03/09/2012 2:49:47 AM PST by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Lancey Howard

Hey, DE auto workers, how good has that 0bambi guy been for you? Chrysler plant - sold to University of Delaware for pennies on the dollar and GM Boxwood plant - supposedly to build Fiskers, gathering dust and property taxes gone.

Go ahead, keep voting for the RATs; they care SOOO much about you./s


23 posted on 03/09/2012 2:53:26 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Zakeet

Look at the bright side of this, the tires and brakes will last a long, long time!


24 posted on 03/09/2012 2:53:30 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Zakeet
Well, the car is beautiful.

I think they ought to throw a big ol' V8 in it and recoup their investment.

25 posted on 03/09/2012 2:55:19 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Zakeet

This car is only half the price of a $250,000 Dolt!


26 posted on 03/09/2012 3:30:26 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Zakeet

Maybe they can just chnage the name to the Fisker Bad JuJu.


27 posted on 03/09/2012 3:34:16 AM PST by almcbean
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To: Zakeet

Not the only one to break down, either.

http://jalopnik.com/5891708/why-are-fisker-karmas-breaking-down


28 posted on 03/09/2012 3:39:43 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: cynwoody

I read that Justin Beiber bought one too.

Beiber is said to be a singer.


29 posted on 03/09/2012 3:41:22 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

He can afford to drive a gas hog.

http://jalopnik.com/5851735/how-fisker-got-500-million-in-government-loans-for-a-fuel-economy-flop


30 posted on 03/09/2012 3:42:48 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Zakeet

President Algae.


31 posted on 03/09/2012 3:53:18 AM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: RightOnline
Please, Mr. Champion.....allow me to fix your Understatement of the Year thusly:

Well Played !

32 posted on 03/09/2012 3:53:48 AM PST by Mopp4
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To: Zakeet

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/fisker-karma-goes-bad-consumer-reports-adds-list-213448222.html

“Driving at 7pm pst this evening and for the second time in two weeks at 70 miles per hour the “idiot lights” behind the steering wheel all light up the car goes dark including the headlights and then the dash disappears and after a few seconds it rebuilds itself. This is very dangerous and random...This condition is a safety issue and an accident/lawsuit waiting to happen.”

“As of today (March 6, 2012) Fisker Silicon Valley has had my Karma “in the shop” longer than I have driven the car. And the prospect of having it in the shop for another 2 weeks (or possibly longer) is making me really unhappy.”


33 posted on 03/09/2012 3:57:52 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6

I am drained from laughing at the green morons. Unfortunately, they are also draining taxpayers’ wallets.


34 posted on 03/09/2012 4:59:15 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Zakeet

Nice looking car if you could figure out how to drop in a turbo 6 and a 6 speed manual transmission.


35 posted on 03/09/2012 8:26:11 AM PST by PAR35
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