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Production 2013 Fisker Surf To Launch At Paris Motor Show: Report

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Now that Fisker has managed to launch its 2012 Karma and start delivering cars to customers, the company is looking ahead toward expanding its model range.

Reports today in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf indicate that it will unveil the production version of its 2013 Fisker Surf 'shooting brake' at the Paris Motor Show this September.

This will be essentially the ready-to-build adaptation of the Surf Concept it showed last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which alternates with the Frankfurt show in the global auto-show calendar.

That Surf Concept extended the Karma sedan's roofline straight back to a more wagon-like back end, with a tailgate that lifted up to give access to a cargo bay that--while hardly Volvo-like in capacity--obviously held more than the minimal 6.9-cubic-foot trunk of the Karma sedan.

MORE: 2012 Fisker Karma - Full Review

Like the Karma, the Surf remains a four-seat vehicle, with the lithium-ion battery pack located in the central tunnel running down the middle of the car.

It also leaves its electronics in a large hump behind the rear seats, meaning that while the Surf's rear seats fold down, you won't be bringing home any large pieces of antique furniture.

Think of the Surf more as the Fisker that simply lets you carry not only four people but their luggage as well.

MORE: 2012 Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid Is Real, But Will Company Survive?

We anticipate the Fisker Surf will be priced slightly above the 2012 Karma, which currently starts at $106,000.

The newspaper also says, by the way, that the Fisker Karma S or Sunset, a two-door convertible with a retractable hardtop, will go into production in March 2013. That model was first shown at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

So the 2012 Fisker Karma range-extended electric car is at last a real vehicle. We've driven it, shot video behind the wheel, and we've formally reviewed it.

And despite its current challenges, Fisker is moving ahead with new models. Let's hope they see the light of day.

Meanwhile, if you want to see what the 2013 Fisker Surf looks like in action, check out the Tesla-style teaser video Fisker released in September.

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  1. The only thing the Surf is, is a Karma with a big butt. Just looking at the cargo area you wonder why they bothered. "Think of the Surf more as the Fisker that simply lets you carry not only four people but their luggage as well" it looks like you could carry luggage for two any more then that and your going to have to fold the seats down and then your only going to get two people in the front. I'm sorry but it looks like the worst wagon variant ever, it hurts the Karma's good looks and doesn't really carry much more.
     
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  2. Fisker, here's my unsolicited advice: Stop.

    Don't announce anything except for the following:

    1) Delivery figures on Karma
    2) Any prototypes you have of Nina

    Ugly variants of the Karma are not going to help your problems, but having two models is >not< going to speed up your deliveries of cars. And your credibility right now is approaching zero. It really is, trust me.

    Deliver as many Karmas as you can per month and tell us about it. Keep growing the number steadily and we'll totally be with you. In the meantime, when you can show up Nina, do that too. Otherwise, shut up. Karma is a weird, expensive, slow car. Weirder looking variants of it are not fixing any of your problems. So stop.
     
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  3. One view of the Nina is because of finance pressures - Fisker could make the Nina in Finland instead of the USA. Why spend the money to retool the Wilmington, DE plant for the Nina when things like the engine will be BMW-based and the Karma construction is already underway in a functioning plant? Now, could Nina's price be $50K if made overseas? Not sure. But the initial cost to build-out Delaware, hire the employees and buy equipment could cripple the already stressed finances at Fisker.
     
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