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    Fisker Shows First Look at New Electric SUV

      ..promises close to $40k price and 300 mile range

    Herick Fisker is back again after his original company succumbed to bankruptcy in 2014.  Now as Fisker, Inc., the latest vehicle he is showing is an electric crossover concept.  While we have a picture, the technical details are light.

    The EV will be priced near $40,000 and have a 300 mile range.  Powered by an 80 kWh enhanced lithium-ion battery, there will be rear-motor rear wheel drive and optional dual motor all wheel drive available. 

    Fisker is planning on the not-yet-named SUV in late 2021, just about a year after the Tesla Model Y is due to hit the market.  Fisker is planning on a Telsa-Like online only sales model with "nationwide concierge service". 

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    Excited yes, very cool, but track record shows he has problems delivering. Hopefully he can do it this time. Will be exciting to get more info on this. Hopefully at least mid size and not a compact.

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    4 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Excited yes, very cool, but track record shows he has problems delivering. Hopefully he can do it this time. Will be exciting to get more info on this. Hopefully at least mid size and not a compact.

    hopefully he builds something that doesn't look like it is a balsa wood kit car from the inside. 

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    45 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    hopefully he builds something that doesn't look like it is a balsa wood kit car from the inside. 

    Very true, that has been an issue too. He has some great ideas, but I am skeptical of him being able to deliver. 

    So far out of all the EV startups, the only one I really expect anything from is Rivian and I expect him to do better than Tesla.

    Lucky for CJ the CEO is he is married and has 3 boys so he is more grounded than Musk ever will be.

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    13 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Lucky for CJ the CEO is he is married and has 3 boys so he is more grounded than Musk ever will be.

    Marital status has zero to do with whether one is "grounded" or not.  Give me your car keys and your phone for a period of 4 weeks, and use that time to search your conscience for enlightenment and guidance to correct the error of your ways.

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    ^ Totally agree. Marital status has absolutely zero to do with business success, and being unmarried is not Musk's issue.

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    Musk already has 5 kids and has been married twice..  running 3 companies simultaneously may be a bigger issue....

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    3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Marital status has zero to do with whether one is "grounded" or not.  Give me your car keys and your phone for a period of 4 weeks, and use that time to search your conscience for enlightenment and guidance to correct the error of your ways.

    Disagree with you and @balthazar as it has been proven that marriage in a committed long term relationship, helping to raise the kids does give a strong sense of grounding.

    Musk is a smart but social idiot that has no problem marring people, having a kid and then moving onto the next piece of hot ass and leaving the mother to raise the kid alone. There is nothing grounded in his sense of commitment except to himself and his own fame.

    CEO's that have long term marriages with kids have grown and excelled at making companies very successful. This is true be it male or female. Much research and write ups have been done on this topic. No it does not mean you have to be married to be successful, but CEO's that are with kids seem to get more right than wrong compared to the single CEO. Just look at Musk's twitter and interviews.

    Being Married makes you a better Entrepreneur, Here's why!

    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/309988

    4 reasons being happily married could make you a better CEO

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevecooper/2013/07/31/4-reasons-being-happily-married-could-make-you-a-better-ceo/#63c186af5b29

    I truly believe that a happy home life with a spouse / kids makes one more grounded in looking at the big picture of how we treat others to how we run a company. Has worked for me.

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    But 'sense of grounding' - however you choose to quantify that- is still no guarantee of business success. Hell, it's not even a guarantee of marital success. Again- Musk's twitter feed is not the byproduct of his marital status. The annals of automotive history are littered with happily grounded CEOs that crashed & burned their ventures- too many to count.

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    46 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    But 'sense of grounding' - however you choose to quantify that- is still no guarantee of business success. Hell, it's not even a guarantee of marital success. Again- Musk's twitter feed is not the byproduct of his marital status. The annals of automotive history are littered with happily grounded CEOs that crashed & burned their ventures- too many to count.

    True and valid points, thank you my friend. Yet I still find that while we learn from our failures, those CEO's that are better grounded tend to bounce back better.

    In regards to Fisker, I have now wondered what the auto failure rate was for auto companies in the 1910 to 1930 range? 🤔

    I was looking at the hundreds of Chinese auto start up companies, the few here in the US and wonder how long before we see a crash and a flow to the history books for a bunch of these companies.

    Fiskar while he is a show man, I question his ability to actually deliver his auto's. I hope he does not turn out like Faraday, exciting concept auto, but yet to deliver anything but spending others money.

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    13 hours ago, dfelt said:

    In regards to Fisker, I have now wondered what the auto failure rate was for auto companies in the 1910 to 1930 range? 🤔

    The early failure rate for start-up auto ventures was tremendous. Have a book here at hand, American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles 1891-1996. It catalogs 1,250 makes... maybe 25 remain?

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      A 33-inch-diagonal advanced LED display artfully integrates a single, large screen that spans the viewing area for the driver and incorporates driver information details, infotainment controls and camera views. This new display has the highest pixel density available in the automotive industry today and can display over one billion colors, 64 times more than any other vehicle in the automotive industry, providing a stunning in-vehicle experience unlike anything seen before from Cadillac.
      Additional technology and interactive highlights include:
      Battery and charging monitoring conveyed by easy, at-a-glance graphics. The system identifies the vehicle’s energy needs at home and on the go, according to owner preferences, while also monitoring and forecasting energy consumption and providing charging suggestions. New dual-plane augmented reality-enhanced head-up display employs two planes: a near plane indicating speed, direction and more, and a far plane displaying transparent navigation signals and other important alerts. The latest version of Super Cruise, the hands-free driver assistance feature, including automated lane change.3 Supervised remote parking that uses ultrasonic sensors to help the LYRIQ park itself in parallel or perpendicular parking spaces — whether the driver is inside or outside of the vehicle.4 SENSE OF SOUND
      LYRIQ’s technology also addresses sound in two important ways: Blocking unwanted sounds and making the most of the sounds passengers want to hear.
      For the first time, Cadillac will introduce a new road noise cancellation technology, which takes active noise cancellation to the next level by introducing more microphones and accelerometers, which improve noise cancellation abilities. With this new system, Cadillac’s performance and audio engineers can target the frequency range of tire cavity noise, reducing the noise level in the vehicle and allowing for a quieter in-cabin experience.
      The Cadillac LYRIQ builds on the brand’s exclusive partnership with AKG. “With LYRIQ we wanted to deliver a sound experience that would transport the driver from a vehicle into a recording studio,” said Hussein Khalil, Cadillac lead audio design release engineer. “With the AKG sound system, we are able to deliver this experience along with the quality and reliability luxury customers expect.”
      At launch, LYRIQ will offer a 19-speaker AKG Studio audio system that delivers exceptionally crisp and precise sound reproduction, enabling drivers and passengers to enjoy their favorite music.
      NEW FACE OF CADILLAC
      Cadillac’s first electric SUV makes a bold design statement that introduces a new face, proportion and presence for the brand’s new generation of EVs. It’s a forward-looking vision unconstrained by the needs of a traditional internal combustion engine and driveline.
      “The LYRIQ represents the next iteration of the iconic brand’s styling, enabled by electrification, as only Cadillac can express,” said Andrew Smith, executive director, Global Cadillac Design. “Inside and out, LYRIQ is a thoughtful integration of design and technology and is intended to make every drive an occasion.”
      Defined by taut lines and clean surfaces, LYRIQ is assertive and modern, characterized with a low, fast roofline and wide stance that emphasize agility and convey confidence. Additional details such as a flow-through roof spoiler express the careful attention paid to aerodynamics to optimize efficiency on the highway.
      A distinctive “black crystal” grille in the front is one of the LYRIQ’s most unique and expressive design elements. It is also a dynamic feature, as it is part of a dramatic lighting choreography that — along with bold vertical, slim LED signature lighting — greets the owner upon approach. At the rear, a split taillamp design incorporates slim LEDs that are also integrated into the lighting choreography.
      Inside, the LYRIQ’s new electric vehicle architecture opens up possibilities in vehicle spaciousness and design; and Cadillac designers used this as an opportunity to rethink how to use the space and where to locate various interior elements.
      The result is a more airy, minimalistic design that does more to involve the driver and passengers in the driving experience while offering exceptional functionality when it comes to storage solutions. It is also brimming with subtle yet obsessive details such as backlit speaker grilles, curved screens with hidden storage and, like the exterior, orchestrated lighting features.

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