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Fisker Announces New Surf & BMW Engine Supply Deal - Web Exclusive

Automotive will pull the wraps off the new Fisker Surf, powered by a four-cylinder BMW motor, at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this month.

Greg Emmerson
Sep 7, 2011

The new Fisker Surf is an electric vehicle with extended range (EVer), much like its stablemate the Fisker Karma four-door sedan. However, the Surf delivers a new twist and with what the company describes as a combination of Uncompromised Responsible Luxury and head-turning design for people with an active lifestyle. At the same time, Fisker has confirmed it signed an agreement with BMW to supply engines and other components for future Fisker models.

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BMW will supply a four-cylinder turbocharged engine for the next generation of Fisker cars, codenamed ‘Project Nina’, which are scheduled to go into production in the former GM plant in Wilmington, DE at the end of 2012. The cars are intended to on sold globally in 2013. The agreement calls for up to 100,000 engines per year at peak volume.

The first Project Nina derivative will be the Surf model mentioned here, which is an electric vehicle with extended range technology.

Fisker ‘s CEO and Executive Design Director, Henrik Fisker, commented; “The BMW engine was an obvious choice, as BMW is known for producing the best and most fuel efficient gasoline engines in the world. We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with BMW."

Fisker’s COO, Bernhard Koehler, added; “We are focused on building environmentally responsible cars that deliver Pure Driving Passion to our discerning customers. Who better to be a part of this exciting ‘recipe’ than BMW – the makers of the Ultimate Driving Machine?”

California-based Fisker Automotive recently established a European office in Munich and has publicly stated that both the Fisker Karma Sedan and ‘Project Nina’ lines are global vehicles with sales likely to be split equally in the US and Europe (40% each), with Asia (20%) providing the remainder.

By Greg Emmerson
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