The New York Auto Show 2012 will see the release of a second model for Fisker Automotive, the Fisker Nina. The Fisker Nina will act as an entry level model for the American brand, targeting customers in the $ 50,000 and $ 60,000 price bracket. It’s likely that this model will be make or break for the Californian-based company as they struggle with negative publicity.
The pictures reveal a smaller model sharing the family style line. It sits more upright than the Karma, however, it is does share obvious style features. We suspect that Fisker will use a range-extending BMW-sourced two liter, four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. Underneath we expect Fisker will want to make use of the Karma’s aluminium space frame.
The Nina will be manufactured at a new plant in Wilmington, Delaware instead of the Valmet, Finland site Fisker uses for the Karma. It is an old General Motors site used to build Pontiac models. Fisker bought the site for £ 15.6 million. The factory is still not finished, making the 2013-2014 release date for the Nina uncertain.
After the suspension of the second part of Fisker’s $ 529 million Department of Energy loan, the Nina project looks uncertain. Despite the production of a concept for the New York Auto Show, it remains to be seen if the company can actually produce the Nina and start turning a profit. We hope that they prove everyone wrong!
More photos can be found over at World Car Fans.