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    Karma Revero Is A Reborn Fisker Karma

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      The Fisker Karma rises from the ashes with a new name


    It seemed this day would never come, but the Fisker Karma has risen from the ashes to become the Karma Revero. Thanks to Chinese supplier Wanxiang buying the assets of Fisker Automaker back in 2014, the company would be renamed to Karma Automotive and work would begin on the resurrection. 

    There aren't any real changes of note for the exterior aside from new badging and the 'Revero' name on the fenders. The interior does see a big change with a new infotainment system. The new system runs at 60 frames per second, can be updated over-the-air thanks to a dedicated 4G connection, and will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support in the near future.

    The powertrain is still a plug-in hybrid with a GM-sourced turbocharged four-cylinder producing 260 horsepower. At least the rest of it has seen some major changes. The battery capacity has been increased from 20.4 to 21.4 kWh that will give 50 miles of electric only range. The 3.3kW on-board charger has been swapped for a 6.6 kW to provide faster charges. The Revero also features the ability to use DC fast-charging at 40 kW. A solar roof on top can provide up to 1.5 miles of electric range per day - depending on weather conditions.

    Pricing for the Revero begins at $130,000 (about $27,000 more than the Karma) and you can place an order right now.

    Source: Karma Automotive, Autoblog

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Karma Automotive Unveils 2017 Revero Luxury Vehicle

    COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 8,2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Karma Automotive officially unveiled the 2017 Revero luxury hybrid automobile to a select group of customers, media and retailers at a private event in Laguna Beach, CA.  Orders are now being accepted for the much-anticipated, and stylishly appointed Revero.  The list price of $130,000 was announced at the unveiling.

    Originally hailed as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever conceived, these one-of-a-kind cars embody the sensibilities of a passionate, charismatic, California-based company.  The car is being built in an all new custom, low-volume production facility in Moreno Valley, California. 

    "The car unveiled tonight was designed with a specific customer in mind.  Karma customers are self-made, proud, risk-takers who love cars, and they can tell you about each one they have owned since childhood," said Jim Taylor, Karma Chief Revenue Officer.  "We are building each Revero with the workmanship and attention to detail required for a discerning customer looking for a car without compromises."

    The Revero includes several features that set it apart.  A clean and elegant infotainment system has been designed from the ground up to be fast and intuitive, and will incorporate over-the-air updates as well as Apple CarPlay.  It will be the first car sold in the U.S. powered by electricity, gas and solar.  The solar roof not only charges the 12V battery, but also charges the HV battery adding to the electric range.  Individually hand-painted emblems grace the front and rear of every vehicle.  It is a small but symbolic statement about the company's desire to give each owner a unique vehicle. 

    The Revero is quick, going from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds in Sport mode.  Owners can plug in for a battery range up to 50 miles and the gas-powered generator extends the total range to approximately 300 miles.  Fast-Charging brings the HV battery to 80 percent state-of-charge in a remarkable 24 minutes. 

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    These are such beautiful cars from the outside, but the interior leaves a lot to be desired, especially for that price.

    I have driven one of the original Fisker Karmas, and it was a neat thing to drive. 

    What they really need to do is get the Atlantic going. 

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    We'll Damn, I actually thought they would go the full EV route. This is an over priced warm up of an old TV dinner.

    :nono:

    @ Karma :fryingpan:

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    10 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    We'll Damn, I actually thought they would go the full EV route. This is an over priced warm up of an old TV dinner.

    :nono:

    @ Karma :fryingpan:

    This car's layout works best with a gas range extender.   Full EVs generally need to be purpose built to be efficient in packaging.

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    2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    This car's layout works best with a gas range extender.   Full EVs generally need to be purpose built to be efficient in packaging.

    That would explain the conversion to have the Corvette Engine in these auto's.

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    Just now, dfelt said:

    That would explain the conversion to have the Corvette Engine in these auto's.

    The have very long hoods. The pictures have always distorted the size and scale of these cars.  They could probably fit a V12 under there with no problem.

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    2 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The have very long hoods. The pictures have always distorted the size and scale of these cars.  They could probably fit a V12 under there with no problem.

    :metal: You Rock! :metal:

    That clearly explains what is missing in the photo, does not look that long and it has been forever since I have seen one in person, so that is good to know.

    Be interesting to see how they sell and what they end up doing to continue to drive sales. Based on what you have said, then it makes sense to be a Plug-In Hybrid that covers long distance as they they focus on the next generation of the auto.

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    Just to make sure we're on the same page, I'm referring to the Karma Revero, not the Fisker Atlantic.... the Atlantic is 3-series/C-Class sized

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    They should make like a pivot point thing in the pancake batteries, and BOOM! Now it fits in the super long hood of the thingy.

    Except the handling of the car will be like a slug and the rear wheels will have no traction....

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    The car is overpriced. The price was good when it was launched from Fisker Automotive. It needs to be full EV which is what the entire world is looking for. Tesla is the most successful EV manufacturer with thousands and thousands of happy customers. Where does this car stands except for the fact that it's a luxury vehicle. It's a henrik fisker creation; even though Fisker created hybrid he is also working on a new EV http://www.autoblog.com/2016/08/31/henrik-fisker-electric-vehicles-stealth-mode/ When Fisker launched this car back in 2011 everyone praised his work, tesla was rising back then. And unfortunately Fisker shut down and Tesla moved ahead to lead the table. Hoping for the best from Henrik Fisker, he is the only competition for Tesla.

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    Karma Revero is reborn with nothing new but same old trunk. I expected that it will come full EV but it's stil a hybrid car with slightly modified specifications. It's terrible how they have kept the same old batteries in the car that caused issues on Fisker Karma - Henrik Fisker's version. The world needs new EVs, I am bored of Tesla's; although they are awesome there has to be new technologies innovated. Hope techies like Henrik Fisker will burn their energies in creating more awesome technologies than Karma Revero - the 2011 version.

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    2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I'm not familiar with Fisker battery problems, what were they?

    A123 had 2 recalls, 1st just when the company launched car in 2011, and second in 2012, the cause of the shutdown of consumer reports Fisker Karma that gave the car company terrible PR. There was a safety hose that was not packaged properly by A123 and issued a voluntary recall. The cost of the recall was so high, that A123 had to file for bankruptcy. Check on http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1074491_a123-systems-to-recall-electric-car-battery-packs-for-fisker-others

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      Bronco Sport will launch with more than 100 factory-backed and aftermarket accessories for maximum personalization, enabling dealers to provide outfitting-on-demand for each owner’s individual adventure needs. Bronco Sport buyers can also opt for any of four lifestyle accessory bundles themed Bike, Snow, Water and Camping.
      A flip-glass rear window, low-load floor cargo area, overlanding-ready roof rack with capacity to make roof-top tent camping easy, and front fender peaks that allow the driver to see the corners of the vehicle easily from behind the wheel reveal this small SUV is purpose-built for adventure from front to back, top to bottom.
      Bronco Sport can quickly help with basecamp setup thanks to an innovative slide-out working table, part of the available five-way configurable Cargo Management System, plus a class-exclusive 400-watt inverter and liftgate floodlamps that illuminate up to 129 square feet for when the adventure ends after sundown.
      To make post-adventure cleanups painless, the Badlands and First Edition series offer washable rubber flooring throughout the cabin and cargo area, easy-to-clean cloth seating surfaces and silicone-sealed control switches. For stowage of wet, icy or muddy gear, an available storage bin is located below the second-row passenger-side seat.
      Smart in addition to being rugged, the vehicle features a SYNC® 3 system with an 8-inch touch screen and compatibility with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Other available technology features include Ford+Alexa and SiriusXM™ satellite radio.
      The Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of advanced driver-assist technologies is standard across the lineup, including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking featuring Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Auto High Beam Headlamps and a rearview camera. Available Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ technology includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane-Centering, Evasive Steering Assist and voice-activated touch screen navigation. Available Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 technology adds Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane-Centering and Speed Sign Recognition.
    • By Drew Dowdell
      When Cadillac introduced the CT4 back on May 30th, they only introduced the V-series version of the car. Today Cadillac unveiled the standard versions of the car in Sport, Luxury, and Premium Luxury trims.  Each one styled slightly differently, the Luxury and Premium Luxury models come with brighter exterior accents and metallic grilles.  The Sport version is has a more aggressive mesh grille, sportier fascias, rear spoiler, darkened accents and model specific 18-inch wheels. 
      CT4 Luxury:
      Leather Steering wheel
      8-inch Touch or Dial operated infotainment system
      Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
      Dual Zone Climate Control
      Active Noise Cancelation
      CT4 Premium Luxury:
      Leather seating
      LED Ambient Lighting
      Alluminum trim
      RainSense
      Forward Collision Alert
      Front Pedestrian Braking
      Automatic Emergency Braking
      Rear Park Assist
      Safety Alert Seat
      CT4 Sport:
      All of Premium Luxury
      Sport Seats
      Unique Trim
      Alloy Pedals
      Brembo front brakes

      CT4-V:
      Limited Slip Rear Differential
      Magnetic Ride Control (RWD Only) or ZF MVS Passive Dampers (AWD)
      Available SuperCruise (later in 2020)
       Power wise, the CT4 has a choice of 3 power configurations.  The 2.0-liter turbo has 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission.  The 2.7-liter turbo in the Premium Luxury produces 309 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft of torque or in the V gets 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque.  Both 2.7 liters route power through a 10-speed automatic.  Both the 2.0 and 2.7 have a three-step sliding camshaft design, active fuel management, and automatic start-stop.
      The Cadillac CT4 will be available for ordering later this year with pricing announced closer to production.
       
       

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      When Cadillac introduced the CT4 back on May 30th, they only introduced the V-series version of the car. Today Cadillac unveiled the standard versions of the car in Sport, Luxury, and Premium Luxury trims.  Each one styled slightly differently, the Luxury and Premium Luxury models come with brighter exterior accents and metallic grilles.  The Sport version is has a more aggressive mesh grille, sportier fascias, rear spoiler, darkened accents and model specific 18-inch wheels. 
      CT4 Luxury:
      Leather Steering wheel
      8-inch Touch or Dial operated infotainment system
      Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
      Dual Zone Climate Control
      Active Noise Cancelation
      CT4 Premium Luxury:
      Leather seating
      LED Ambient Lighting
      Alluminum trim
      RainSense
      Forward Collision Alert
      Front Pedestrian Braking
      Automatic Emergency Braking
      Rear Park Assist
      Safety Alert Seat
      CT4 Sport:
      All of Premium Luxury
      Sport Seats
      Unique Trim
      Alloy Pedals
      Brembo front brakes

      CT4-V:
      Limited Slip Rear Differential
      Magnetic Ride Control (RWD Only) or ZF MVS Passive Dampers (AWD)
      Available SuperCruise (later in 2020)
       Power wise, the CT4 has a choice of 3 power configurations.  The 2.0-liter turbo has 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission.  The 2.7-liter turbo in the Premium Luxury produces 309 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft of torque or in the V gets 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque.  Both 2.7 liters route power through a 10-speed automatic.  Both the 2.0 and 2.7 have a three-step sliding camshaft design, active fuel management, and automatic start-stop.
      The Cadillac CT4 will be available for ordering later this year with pricing announced closer to production.
       
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      After four years of watching Porsche's Mission E concept go through the stages to production, the final product has finally arrived in the Porsche Taycan. In doing so, Porsche has its sights set directly on Telsa. 
      At launch, the Taycan will be available only in the top trims of Taycan Turbo and Turbo S.  Being fully electric, neither of them actually has a turbo of course. Packing a 93.4 kWh battery pack in its floor, the Taycan has a lower center of gravity than a Porsche 911. The top-line Turbo S can generate up to 750 horsepower with overboost mode engage and that will get the 5,100 lb car from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds. The standard Turbo makes do with 670 horsepower and a 0 to 60 of 3.0 seconds. Top track speed is limited to 161 mph for both. The Taycan is AWD using a dual motor system with one motor at each axle. Unlike EVs from Tesla and Nissan, Porsche uses a two-speed transmission to gain maximum acceleration and easy highway cruising.
      The Taycan is the first production EV with an 800 volt system instead of the more common 400 volts for other electric cars. With the fastest charging available on the market, the Taycan can recharge from 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes under ideal conditions when connected to a 270 kW charger that will be found at all Porsche dealerships.  Home chargers will use a more common 9.6 kW charger.  Higher speed charging using Electrify America's network is available for free for the first 3 years. While EPA ratings for range have yet to be released, the Turbo is rated for 236 miles to 279 miles on the EU cycle and the Turbo S is rated for 236 miles to 256 miles on the same cycle. Assume somewhere in the mid-250s once the EPA gets their hands on one. 
      While the Taycan does get a traditional hydraulic braking system, Porsche says that the regenerative system can handle 90 percent of all braking. A standard adaptive air suspension is also there with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control. 
      On the interior Porsche mounted 5 screens that surround the front occupants with tech. Up front is a 2.8 cubic foot glove box storage space, and out back is a bit more roomy 12.9 cubic foot storage. Porsche put indents into the floor for rear passengers to give more legroom. 
      The Taycan is expected to go on sales towards the end of this year.  Launch pricing is $154,660 for the Turbo and the Turbo S starts at $186,350.  Cheaper models will come later. 

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