Fisker Atlantic: Mid-Size Project Nina Sedan Leaked Before NY Show Debut

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With Fisker's Karma already on the market and in the hands of customers, all eyes have turned to Fisker's 'Project Nina', a car to slot below the Karma in Fisker's range.

And it was bound to happen: Pictures of the next Fisker range-extended electric car have leaked onto the internet, ahead of its tightly-guarded unveiling on Tuesday night.

Revealed by CAR, the images also reveal the new Fisker's name: 'Atlantic', inscribed on the rear license plate.

Outwardly the Atlantic doesn't look dissimilar to the larger Karma, with the same aggressive front end and scalloped sides, but the new car comes to a more abrupt end, and looks narrower.

The rear door handles are cleverly hidden to give the illusion of a coupe, but the Atlantic is still a four-door vehicle.

The images also show a full-length glass roof, probably the most obvious styling departure from its bigger brother, whose roof is covered with photovoltaic solar cells.

That should help make the cabin a bit brighter than the claustrophobic Karma--though whether the midsize Atlantic is also rated as a subcompact by the EPA remains to be seen.

Fisker Atlantic (Project Nina) leaked

Fisker Atlantic (Project Nina) leaked

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The Atlantic will be built in the U.S at Fisker's Delaware assembly plant, and rather than the Karma's GM-sourced turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, it will use a BMW 2.0-liter four, most likely also turbocharged.

Ultimately, the Fisker Atlantic range will include not only the sedan you see here, but also a crossover, a coupe, and perhaps other models as well. The model lineup was blurted out by U.S. vice president Joe Biden at an October 2009 ceremony marking Fisker taking possession of the Delaware plant.

The Atlantic has been projected to cost roughly half of the Karma's $106,000 price, though the Fisker's first car went through several price increases between its announcement and launch.

If Fisker Automotive can resolve its financial situation, best guesses are that the Nina could go into production late in 2013 as a 2014 model--but most analysts think that may be a stretch.

Following the Atlantic's official reveal on Tuesday night, the car will make its debut on the Fisker stand at the 2012 New York Auto Show on Wednesday.


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Comments (12)
  1. Looks and sounds nothing like the car Fisker promised the Feds as a condition for his first taxpayer financed loan. Apparently the idea is to reuse the Karma parts to save money, but at "roughly half" the price of the Karma, this car doesn't come close to being the "affordable mainstream sedan" originally spoken of.
    Does look a whole lot better than what was promised, however.
    The business about the premature "leak" I doubt - Fisker probably planned the "leak" weeks ago during his problems with the shutdown govt loans.

  2. I wonder if the Atlantic if launched will make customers turn away from the Karma? The Karma is lackluster especially for a car costing more then 100,000 dollars, so if the Atlantic turns out to be faster, more efficient, and better equipt at half the cost I think the Karma might meet with an early demise. Porsche purposely limits the Boxster and Cayman because they don't want to over step the 911, Fisker could do the same but since the Karma is slow, heavy, and less efficient then a Volt it wouldn't make sense to hold the Atlantic back to prop up the Karma. So I think the Karma is in a bad position, Fisker Automotive may have made another mistake they've yet to realize.

  3. Very interesting thoughts.

  4. I do think they know what they are doing. The Karma is here now and some people will be willing to pay the exclusive price to have the rarer model. But that said, yes, I believe the Atlantic is a more refined follow-on to the Karma and cost-conscious buyers will wait for it. This is all the more reason for Fisker to get the Atlantic to market asap. I don't think Fisker expects to make a profit from the Karma, but it is bringing in much needed revenue and they should expect to make a profit from the Atlantic.

  5. You could be right, we'll just have to wait and see.

  6. Looks awesome. But my enthusiasm is dampened by all the Karma issues.

  7. I agree, the Karma has made it hard to be enthusiastic about the Atlantic.

  8. "All the issues". Before the Internet, these issues would never have been blown up to such an extent, and what little reporting would have been done would be forgotten in a few months. Fisker does seem to have had some bad luck, but is being responsible and quickly fixing the problems. As long as these issues are promptly dealt with, and customers are satisfied, then this should be regarded as little consequence.

  9. I was never worried about the recalls, after looking at the Karma I was considering purchasing one, but there were a few flaws I didn't find acceptable for a car costing just over 100k.

  10. The Fisker problems may be more than the typical teething that occurs in new releases.

    I know someone that has a Karma and Fisker eventually had to tell him to ignore the check engine light because the problems were so frequent and reoccurring.

  11. Your right it's proabley just teething problems, but while I was still looking to buy one I went for a test drive one day and the next day the prices for the Karma went up 6%. I was happy enough with the price I had received a day earlier but the sudden price hike was the final straw, I was already thinking that I could get more for my money and just go buy another Porsche.

  12. So Fisker raised another $129 million.

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