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If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:

 

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SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
 

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SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
Already did - last night! We'll see what they say...
 

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Good location, get all the bathroom traffic. lol.
I wonder if there will be any near-naked girls licking the Rolls Royce emblems next door (or does that only happen with a Bentley). That should draw a crowd.
 

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SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
I didn't read anywhere that there will be an unveiling of the Nina. That's maybe what some of the press are making of it, but all Fisker has said it will give us is a 'glimpse of the future'. I'm pretty sure we will not yet be seeing a car that you can take pictures of.
 

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matrix said:
SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
I didn't read anywhere that there will be an unveiling of the Nina. That's maybe what some of the press are making of it, but all Fisker has said it will give us is a 'glimpse of the future'. I'm pretty sure we will not yet be seeing a car that you can take pictures of.
I think the car will be there. Fisker needs the good PR to help secure more cash in lieu of the DOE debacle, and I've heard a rolling prototype exists. And, you don't send out invites to the press just to show them an illustration... it must be something big or you won't get them to attend future invites. I think you might be pleasantly surprised. :cool:
 

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matrix said:
SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
I didn't read anywhere that there will be an unveiling of the Nina. That's maybe what some of the press are making of it, but all Fisker has said it will give us is a 'glimpse of the future'. I'm pretty sure we will not yet be seeing a car that you can take pictures of.
I'm planning to go on the Thursday before it opens just to see the Nina, so I hope they do have a car
 

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Dutch said:
matrix said:
SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
I didn't read anywhere that there will be an unveiling of the Nina. That's maybe what some of the press are making of it, but all Fisker has said it will give us is a 'glimpse of the future'. I'm pretty sure we will not yet be seeing a car that you can take pictures of.
I'm planning to go on the Thursday before it opens just to see the Nina, so I hope they do have a car
AnOutsider, are you press? Aren't the Wed/Thurs just the Media Days?
 

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matrix said:
Dutch said:
matrix said:
SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
I didn't read anywhere that there will be an unveiling of the Nina. That's maybe what some of the press are making of it, but all Fisker has said it will give us is a 'glimpse of the future'. I'm pretty sure we will not yet be seeing a car that you can take pictures of.
I think the car will be there. Fisker needs the good PR to help secure more cash in lieu of the DOE debacle, and I've heard a rolling prototype exists. And, you don't send out invites to the press just to show them an illustration... it must be something big or you won't get them to attend future invites. I think you might be pleasantly surprised. :cool:
The BEST thing that happened to Fisker and all owners / investors for a bright future IS the so called DOE debacle as you describe. Think about any business trying to become profitable with the government as a decision maker for your company. The Nina is a great next step. But the real focus is on the upcoming anouncement hopefully of private equity financing enough to take the DOE out as a partner. THAT will be the turning point on letting Fisker grow both here and in foreign markets with Tom Lasorda at the helm and Henrick Fisker as our designer. That will be a great day for everyone associated with Fisker. The best looking car out there by far with expected problems for such a new car. They are getting fewer with each week and new software helps minimize the more common errors. This is the ONLY car worth these inconveniences as it is simply the most beautiful car out there today. Thank you Henrick Fisker!
 

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The BEST thing that happened to Fisker and all owners / investors for a bright future IS the so called DOE debacle as you describe. Think about any business trying to become profitable with the government as a decision maker for your company. The Nina is a great next step. But the real focus is on the upcoming anouncement hopefully of private equity financing enough to take the DOE out as a partner. THAT will be the turning point on letting Fisker grow both here and in foreign markets with Tom Lasorda at the helm and Henrick Fisker as our designer. That will be a great day for everyone associated with Fisker. The best looking car out there by far with expected problems for such a new car. They are getting fewer with each week and new software helps minimize the more common errors. This is the ONLY car worth these inconveniences as it is simply the most beautiful car out there today. Thank you Henrick Fisker!
I agree, the press seized on the fact that DOE froze the loan (because Fisker missed its milestones) causing Fisker to freeze Project Nina due to temporary lack of funding. I am happy Fisker is being forced to stand on its own w/o further government loan $'s, and allow the market forces to work. If the company has a solid business plan and a quality product, it should be able to attract investors and lenders just like any other business. That should eliminate Fisker as a political football... hopefully!
 

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matrix said:
SoCalGuy said:
If anyone is in the NYC area, I'll be heading the earliest possible day (I think its April 6) to the Auto Show, mainly to check out the Fisker Nina (assuming they don't have a special customer reception ahead of that, like they did 2 years ago). Here's were Fisker will be at the show:
Please take lots of Nina pics for us! If you ask Fisker directly, as an owner, perhaps you could attend the April 3rd unveiling since you're in the area. ;)
Already did - last night! We'll see what they say...
Update: I heard from Fisker that there isn't a customer event during the April 3 media event or during the NYC Auto Show - big mistake in my view. I've still asked if I could attend the media event as a Karma owner (or at least as a rep for Fisker Buzz:shy:!!!). Will let you guys know if/when I hear.

Seems to me that since there are so few of us out there (and even fewer in NYC or willing to come to NYC), this should be an easy give for Fisker - invite the dozen or so of us Karma owners/Fisker Faithful that are in the area to come to the event. Builds great customer goodwill and doesn't cost Fisker one cent. Reward those of us that have gone to bat for Fisker, have been patient and loyal to the brand and the company despite repeated letdowns and frustrations. I'd rather have that than a free baseball cap or USB memory stick!
 

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The BEST thing that happened to Fisker and all owners / investors for a bright future IS the so called DOE debacle as you describe. Think about any business trying to become profitable with the government as a decision maker for your company. The Nina is a great next step. But the real focus is on the upcoming anouncement hopefully of private equity financing enough to take the DOE out as a partner. THAT will be the turning point on letting Fisker grow both here and in foreign markets with Tom Lasorda at the helm and Henrick Fisker as our designer. That will be a great day for everyone associated with Fisker. The best looking car out there by far with expected problems for such a new car. They are getting fewer with each week and new software helps minimize the more common errors. This is the ONLY car worth these inconveniences as it is simply the most beautiful car out there today. Thank you Henrick Fisker!
There were several reports this weekend that Fisker was working to close on $100M in funding by the end of this March. Here's one from Bloomberg:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-23/fisker-said-to-target-100-million-in-new-funds-by-march-31-1-.html

The DOE loan was for $529M, of which they have spent $193M on the Karma. So if they are going to replace the DOE funding, they will need a lot more than $100M. This has to be a multi-step process:

1) Close $100M+ this week to relieve concerns about Fisker's viability

2) Mitigate quality concerns through A123 battery recall, warranty extension and new software release, all happening this week.

3) Build excitement for the Nina project by showing the concept/prototype next week

4) Attract significant capital to replace the DOE loan because 1)-3) above have reduced the risk of investing in Fisker. This may take an extended period of time because of the size of the deal, but you have to believe that Tom LaSorda and Henrik Fisker can get it done.

Its an exciting time to be a Fisker Karma owner. :D:D
 

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The DOE loan was for $529M, of which they have spent $193M on the Karma. So if they are going to replace the DOE funding, they will need a lot more than $100M. This has to be a multi-step process:

1) Close $100M+ this week to relieve concerns about Fisker's viability

2) Mitigate quality concerns through A123 battery recall, warranty extension and new software release, all happening this week.

3) Build excitement for the Nina project by showing the concept/prototype next week

4) Attract significant capital to replace the DOE loan because 1)-3) above have reduced the risk of investing in Fisker. This may take an extended period of time because of the size of the deal, but you have to believe that Tom LaSorda and Henrik Fisker can get it done.

Its an exciting time to be a Fisker Karma owner. :D:D
I doubt that Fisker is going to raise cash from investors by selling off equity in the company and then turn it over to the DOE to get out of a loan. It would make more sense to replace the DOE loan with another line of credit, from a bank or a group of banks, that could be drawn down to pay off the DOE and have the rest available for project Nina without diluting out the existing investors.

No doubt that Fisker/LaSorda can raise large amounts of capital and also run the company with great discipline and attention to quality. This is a good time to be a Fisker owner.
 

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I agree with Fab, plus the interest can be written off on the loans from banks, etc. Leverage helps get a better ROI for stockholders.
 

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Just got back from the NY auto show. Three Karmas were there and a decent sized crowd. Fisker arranged for tickets myself, two other dads and our three boys. They were great at the Fisker booth, gave us a lot of attention. Very accommodating. Got to see one of the cars with the gray/silver diamond dust paint. Very striking! Had a great time.
 
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