Boutique automaker Karma Automotive claims to be trying towards the longer term, however proper now it’s caught prior to now. The one automobile Karma sells is the Revero, which dates again to the corporate’s earlier incarnation as Fisker Automotive. As a part of its resurgence, Karma will debut not one, however three new vehicles on the 2019 Shanghai Auto Present.
The primary automobile shall be a redesigned model of the Revero. It will possibly’t arrive quickly sufficient, because the current-generation Revero dates again to 2012, making it positively historic by business requirements. The present Revero encompasses a plug-in hybrid powertrain designed to permit the automobile to function on electrical energy more often than not. It’s unclear if Karma will follow that or strive one thing new. The above teaser picture from Karma doesn’t give many hints about styling, however the present Revero is already one of the crucial dramatic trying vehicles on the highway.
When it was launched because the Fisker Karma, the automobile was briefly thought-about to be a rival to the Tesla Mannequin S. About 2,000 Fisker Karmas have been constructed earlier than Fisker Automotive went bankrupt. Chinese language auto-parts firm Wanxiang purchased the stays of the automaker in 2014, and reconstituted them into Karma Automotive. Karma now builds the identical automobile, renamed Revero, at a manufacturing unit in Moreno Valley, California, nevertheless it might want to develop one thing new so as to survive.
The second car shall be an all-electric idea automobile known as the Karma Imaginative and prescient. Lastly, Karma will unveil the primary product of its collaboration with Pininfarina, the legendary Italian design agency that formed basic vehicles just like the Alfa Romeo Spider and Ferrari 275 GTB. Pininfarina can be working independently on an electrical supercar known as the Battista. Named after Pininfarina’s founder, the supercar boasts a claimed 1,877 horsepower and 217 mph prime velocity. It feels like Pininfarina has a lot to supply Karma.
Karma didn’t focus on manufacturing plans for the Pininfarina collaboration or the Imaginative and prescient idea, however mentioned the second-generation Revero will go on sale later this yr as a 2020 mannequin. Karma additionally mentioned it’s spending $7.5 million on new powertrain testing labs at its headquarters in Irvine, California. The automaker mentioned this may enable it to do extra growth work in-house.
Karma faces stiff competitors from established luxurious manufacturers and a bunch of startups trying to emulate the success of Tesla. Even Henrik Fisker — the namesake of Fisker Automotive — is getting in on the motion. He’s launched a brand new firm that claims to be creating a long-range electrical automobile utilizing new battery expertise.
Up to date on March 14, 2019: Added 2020 Karma Revero teaser picture and particulars on new testing labs.