After a funding dispute with the US Department of Energy, Fisker Automotive was compelled to postpone ‘Project Nina’, a range-extended saloon that will compete against the BMW 3-Series. The earliest that it could be released is autumn 2013. DoE was expected to provide funding of $529 million to kickstart Project Nina, which will be produced at the former General Motors plant in Delaware. To date, $193m of the DoE loan has been received by Fisker. This figure has enabled the automaker to re-commission the plant and attain a higher stage of engineering, design and development of the car.
However, the government department said that targets haven’t been met and so, the automaker has been blocked from getting access to the DoE loan.
The intensified scrutiny of DoE loans in the US was brought about by the collapse of a solar panel company that had gotten a loan and wasn’t able to repay it. Fisker is currently in talks to renegotiate the terms of its loan with the DoE however, the delay has prompted the lay-offs of 26 workers at the Delaware plant.
Due to this dispute, Project Nine falls a minimum delay of three months to Project Nina. The Karma, the company’s first model, is not affected by the funding dispute. It said that its first model, the Karma, wasn’t affected by the funding dispute and has brought about 50 units to US customers. There’s another 2000 that’s built and ready to distribute.
BMW’s 3-Series Sedan is the first in its segment, the compact sports sedan, and it has come to symbolize the brand’s dynamics, sporting capacity, and aesthetic appeal over the years. With its graceful and dynamic lines, the 6th generation model is considered to be the best-selling premium vehicle in the world, showcasing the athletic sporting character of BMW’s mid-size model.
And even if the new BMW 3-Series has longer dimensions than its predecessor, it still has that perfect balance of elegance and sportiness. And just like in earlier generations, the dynamic proportions of the sedan are shaped by its sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, short front overhang, and a set-back greenhouse that is typically BMW.
Moreover, the new 3-Series’ wedge-shaped silhouette as well as its wider track underscores its sporting appearance. Its accentuated width, multi-faceted surfaces, and expressive front end all give the BMW 3-Series a much sportier face than ever. Also, the wide and squat interpretation of the slightly forward-slanting kidney grille emphasizes its stance.
The car also has LED accent lights that are positioned like eyebrows on top of striking twin headlights give the classic BMW focused look an added intensity. The headlights extend up to the kidney grille frame, merging them into one stylistic unit and adding more emphasis to the broad-set stance of the car.
3-Series replaces its predecessor’s central air intake with two bigger intakes, both positioned under the headlights to the front end’s outer edges. Moreover, on the main ducts’ far left and right are small vertical intakes that help create an "Air Curtain," which is a new technology that improves the flow or air around the front wheels, enhances aerodynamic efficiency, and lessens the consumption of fuel at higher speeds.
Forming the most prominent feature of the new sedan’s front end design are the kidney grille’s closely spaced, squat openings, with eye-catching surrounds. This is also where you can find the heavily contoured bonnet finish’s precise lines. The result is one front end that looks lower-slung, thus giving the 3-Series a very clear sporting edge.