2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Images of Fisker's next car, a midsize sedan developed under the code name Project Nina, have leaked on a Czech Web site.
- One image shows the car wearing the name Atlantic in its rear license-plate holder.
- Production of the new Fisker is slated to begin in 2013.
NEW YORK — Photos of Fisker Automotive's next car, a midsize hybrid sedan developed under the code name Project Nina, have leaked on a Czech Web site. A rear view of the car shows the name Atlantic in its license-plate holder.
The Fisker Atlantic is slated to be unveiled to the press on Tuesday evening here, ahead of the official opening of the 2012 New York Auto Show. Details likely will be revealed then.
The car is targeted to sell for around $50,000 before federal and state incentives, and will use a BMW-sourced four-cylinder engine. It is slated to go into production in 2013 at a former General Motors assembly plant in Delaware.
In mid-February, Fisker acknowledged that it had suspended development work on the Nina/Atlantic, reportedly after being denied access to the balance of funds from a $528.7-million U.S. Department of Energy loan. In a statement, Fisker said that it had drawn only $190 million in DOE funds and that "Nina has been temporarily put on hold until financing, either from the DOE or elsewhere, can be secured."
Last week, A123 Systems, a major supplier and minority shareholder in Fisker, announced that it will replace battery modules and packs that contain defective parts on the $102,950 2012 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports car. A123 Systems said the replacement was not a recall or a "safety issue" and that it was being done in response to the breakdown of the Karma plug-in hybrid during recent testing by Consumer Reports.
Edmunds.com says: Project Nina looks like a handsome design — but isn't it a bit presumptuous to borrow a name from Bugatti's storied past?