Fisker Karma Assembly Lines Being Dismantled
This past February, Fisker Automotive’s new owner – Chinese part giant Wanxiang said production of the new (yet pretty much the same) Fisker Karma would be well under way “within 12 months“.
So how is Wanxiang USA’s Pin Ni’s prediction coming along?
Valmet Automotive, Finnish maker of the Karma, said this week they were tearing down the Fisker assembly in Finland, which has been in mothballs since production ceased in July of 2012.
So…not that great.
“The future manufacture of the Fisker Karma will not take place at Valmet Automotive’s Uusikaupunki plant.
The production of the Fisker Karma was set on hold in July 2012, and the production facilities of the Fisker Karma at Uusikaupunki plant will now be disassembled by Valmet Automotive.”
Although Valmet still leaves the door open for Wanxiang to come back to the table (who wouldn’t?):
“Fisker Automotive and Technology Group LLC (FATG) will continue negotiations with Valmet Automotive concerning engineering cooperation for the re-start of the Fisker Karma production.”
“Prior to shutting down, Fisker Automotive Holdings assembled the Karma at Valmet in Finland. The team is working with Valmet to address our current plans and to see if Valmet is the path we should take for future Karma production.”
Unless there is a secret assembly facility we are unaware of, the Fisker Karma won’t be entering production in the next two months, and it most likely when/if it is produced, it won’t be made by Valmet.
Wanxiang had intended to re-introduced the Karma in early 2015 as basically the same product that was produced from 2011 to 2012 – just with 250 or so less bugs; then follow that production with the all new Atlantic, a smaller PHEV platform.
This assembly line closure could mean that Wianxiang has now decided to build cars on their own and re-open the Delaware facility that Fisker acquired in 2010 and never used.
Wianxiang transferred ownership of that plant from Fisker to another subsidiary New Castle County, Del. for $18 million last May.