Fisker Automotive studies manufacturing options for Atlantic sedan

Article by Christian A., on April 4, 2012

Fisker Automotive may utilize other options for the manufacturing of its new Atlantic sedan aside from the long-planned Wilmington facility in Delaware. According to Fisker CEO Tom LaSorda, Wilmington is their primary site, but there are other options and that they have to determine the best one for the company and the shareholders.

He disclosed that the decision on where to manufacture the sedan is anticipated by the end of summer, putting a serious delay in the introduction of the vehicle. The Atlantic was to start pilot production by the second half of 2012. LaSorda stated that if the Wilmington facility is still found to be the best site, it could be set up "really quickly" since they only need to establish a paint shop.

LaSorda hinted that the Wilmington site could instead be utilized to assemble a third automobile, which has a different platform from the Atlantic. The price of the plug-in extended-range hybrid Atlantic sedan is estimated to be around a $50,000 to $60,000. It is around the size of a BMW 3-series or Audi A5. Fisker Automotive revealed that it had obtained $132 million of private capital in March.

Since May, it has not acquired any Department of Energy money, funds which went toward the development of the Karma. However, further drawdowns were anticipated to be allotted for production at the Wilmington site.

By not taking more DOE money, the company has greater flexibility as far as where to manufacture and who might build the vehicle. Fisker Executive Chairman Henrik Fisker stated that they are studying other strategic partnerships, adding that everything is possible. He further stated that they will manufacture the vehicle "with or without the DOE." He did not provide specifics.

Even if the new Fisker Atlantic has an exciting and distinct style, it continues to have the signature design language of the brand. This was made possible through the efforts of the design team lead by Henrik Fisker. Using nature as an inspiration, the design team created a vehicle that was not only beautiful but offered the best emotion for its segment.

Thus, the side reveals a more dynamic theme which makes use of the powerful sculptural lines that visually crosses the center and goes above the model’s rear wheels. This sense of power brings to mind the appearance of a tiger that is preparing to pounce on a prey. A highlight in the design of this prototype is the glass roof and its grooved spider structure. Because of how strong this construction is, the amount of headroom in the rear is increased. This is indeed surprising especially for a model that is smooth and sports a stance similar to a coupe.

Further, this structure is not only able to pass, but even exceed, the requirements for safety tests and crash tests. The extra trunk space and the additional legroom for passengers in the rear meanwhile are due to the longer wheelbase. Another key detail is how the signature grille of the Fisker Karma has evolved. The sculptured line is now wider and is even able to define the hood’s power dome. Starting from the inside portion of the headlines, a curve goes above the hood and all the way to the rear section.

These same headlights have that “eagle eye” appearance and come with a strong character rarely seen in a vehicle’s production version. All of these changes result in the Atlantic having a rear-view mirror presence that is greater compared to the other models in the same segment. This is not all as the door handles in the rear have been incorporated gracefully to the C-pillars in the rear.

Thus, the Atlantic continues to have the appearance of a sporting coupe while maintaining the practicality present in a four-door sedan. On the rear section, the slim tail lamps utilize LED. Using the latest technology, these can be divided into two separate parts. Thus, the opening of the turn allows for a wide gap. Aside from having an aerodynamic shape and being clean, the rear section has the trunk fitted on with a spoiler lip. Since it goes down to the vehicle’s side, it improves the aerodynamic performance even more.

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