After Chinese company, Wanxiang, gobbled up the leftovers of the bankrupt Fisker, there was some uncertainty about the future of the automaker. Despite our lack of faith, its new parent company continued to stress that it would restart production of the Karma at some point. Today, Wanxiang is showing that its plans haven’t changed, as it has announced that it’ll manufacture the Karma in its newly purchased plant in Moreno Valley, California.
This not only gives us some confidence that the Karma may make a comeback, but it also shows that its new Chinese owner respects its roots in America. According to the report from Business Insider, this move will also create about 150 jobs in California.
Unfortunately, other than those two bits of information, there is nothing new to report on the Karma front. The closest thing we had to an image of the new Karma (above) was a teaser that was on the new Fisker website, but that was eerily similar to the old Karma and it has since been taken down.
It also remains a mystery when exactly the new Fisker is going to start up production. All reports and logic point toward a reboot sometime in 2016, but that al hinges on how much of the old Karma Wanxiang uses. If it is 90 percent the original version, then I can see a production model coming in 2016. However, if more than 10 percent of the Karma is new, then we’re likely looking at a start date sometime in 2017.
Either way, Fisker looks to be on its way to production, and I only hope that its management is more carful this time around.