: no this is not old news being re-hashed, as this is straight from the Detroit Auto show with Henrik Fisker and Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal announcing a new company together. This is the first time Henrik has ever lent his name or work to the VL Destino project (Now VLF to include the F in Fisker)
: it is not the same as what Karma is doing with BMW. In fact, if you read the announcement closely, they are saying this will be an entirely "new version" of the Destino. In other words, it isn't going to use old, repurposed Karma cars, nor new bodies from Karma. Obviously, they couldn't do that without a supply agreement from the new Karma Automotive, which clearly they don't have.
So, powersource, it should not be two companies with the same bodies. This is a new car company trying to make custom "bespoke" cars with existing engines, but probably not a chassis from other companies. That is what Fisker Coachbuild was doing back in 2006, but in the case of the Latigo and Tramonto, they were using enough of the underlying "donor" car that they were not required to do crash testing, EPA testing, etc. The cars in those cases stayed registered as the underlying car (BMW or Mercedes). This new VLF "sounds" like they are going the next step, to manufacture an entire car, although they will outsource the engine.
That's my take on it so far. More to come from the Detroit Auto show!