Fisker Previews New Atlantic in NYC

Fisker Automotive reveled its all-new model, the Fisker Atlantic sedan last night at a VIP press event in New York, a day before the New York Auto Show press days. This is the second model in the company’s emerging line up of extended-range luxury electric vehicles.

Fisker newest model former codename Nina

 The Atlantic will use the latest second generation EVer (Electric Vehicle with extended range) technology. Like the Karma sedan, the Fisker Atlantic (formerly called Project Nina)  is a plug-in series hybrid vehicle that allows drivers to switch manually or automatically between electric and fuel driving modes and sustain the charge of its lithium ion batteries on the move.

Even though Fisker did not mention too many specifics on the specs, they did mention that the Atlantic will use a four-cylinder gasoline engine, which will be the first Fisker model to use a BMW-sourced engine. The Atlantic EVer power train will offer “highly competitive performance for a car in its class”. The standard power train will be configured for rear-wheel drive (RWD) and an all-wheel drive (AWD) version will be offered as an option.

Fisker announced that Atlantic’s dimensions are comparable to those of an Audi A5 and it is speculated that the Atlantic will have a $40,00-50,000 base price. According to Fisker’s 
, the Atlantic will be targeted at young families who want to drive an “impactful, high-end vehicle while making a positive statement about responsibilities”.

 “Fisker Automotive is transitioning from a start-up automaker to a full-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process,” said Tom LaSorda, CEO Fisker Automotive. “We have a long way to go, but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide.”

The Atlantic is already “90 percent fully developed,” Henrik Fisker, the Anaheim, California-based company’s co- founder and designer, said yesterday. The vehicle is smaller, less expensive and more fuel-efficient than the Karma, he said.

According to Fisker, more details on the Atlantic, including statistics, prices and an on-sale date will be given closer to the launch of the production car.

WATCH the full press event at http://live.fiskerautomotive.com/

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