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I did notice that the "Fisker Automotive" official Facebook page posted a link to the Jalopnik article "Fisker Finally Finds A Home After Drawn Out Auction Process" on February 15th. That was the FA page's first post since April 5, 2013 as far as I can tell. (Nevermind the fact the Jalopnik was never a friend to Fisker and that seems like a strange choice to break radio silence). I don't know if the person behind this is someone still at Fisker, a former Fisker employee who still knows the password (David, is that you???) or Wanxiang.

Fisker's official Twitter account @fiskerauto is still off the air, last posting April 3, 2013.

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lol Nin ja! I'd really be impressed if you could hack your photoshoping onto the website. But before you do, change out Curley and Moe; Posawatz is definitely Curley.
 

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When is Wanxiang going to redo the web site -- i'm tired of seeing this clowns on the site -- http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/TEAM.shtml

At least chage the pictures to the three stooges -- that's what they were anyways!

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it would also be nice to have a Fisker customer relations phone line operational (some one in authority who can answer questions and address concerns) and eventually from whom to directly order parts at their cost (without the current dealer markup). Then maybe restore our road side service as it was. Fiskers stranded on the side of the road longer than need be is just bad marketing. Public access is the first sign of a company's true operational status, and desire to move forward.
 

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They'll never let the public order parts directly. It goes against their contracts with the dealers.
 

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I can assure Mr Kohler as the co founder of the company has done everything within his power to try and keep Fisker Auto going.
 

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I can assure Mr Kohler as the co founder of the company has done everything within his power to try and keep Fisker Auto going.

I'm sure, everybody tried its best and within his/her personal abilities!

Has this been enough?
No!
 

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Sadly its easy to single out individuals in this situation and blame them for what happened - undoubtedly some perhaps have contributed more so than others. However the truth is never simple or easy. It is an intrinsic human instinct to single out and assign blame without dissecting the factors that drive behavior and decision making. This type of cognitive bias is actually exactly what leads to failure....
I could probably write an essay on the compounded levels of complex issues that have put Fisker where it is today but I know in this day and age of soundbites and attention grabbing headlines no one will be interested.... although it may make a nice MBA case study.
 

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First rule of business, get customers for what you are selling, second rule of business, keep customers. There is a lot I can write about each rule, but common sense , like integrity can't be taught it's innate and matured. When you are the leader, failure and success comes with the job.
 

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They'll never let the public order parts directly. It goes against their contracts with the dealers.
We are supposedly going to have access to parts from Wanxiang-owned Fisker at their cost. Do you really believe that dealerships will sell those parts to us without a sizable profit? All this discount from Fisker does is allow for greater dealer profit margin. We would have no way of knowing if we were truly paying that "at cost" price unless we bought the parts directly or could verify the price with Fisker. This is another useless Fisker promotion, not unlike their new BS limited warranty.
 

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The dealers can, and possibly will, simply increase labor costs for installing those cheaper parts, if they come to light. The dealers will make their money somehow. They've stuck it through this whole mess, they deserve to make their cut as well.
 

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The dealers can, and possibly will, simply increase labor costs for installing those cheaper parts, if they come to light. The dealers will make their money somehow. They've stuck it through this whole mess, they deserve to make their cut as well.
You mean the few that have stuck it through. How many is that?

I'd like to see Fisker ditch the dealer model and follow Tesla's example. Unfortunately, that ship may have sailed (unless they nix the Fisker brand). I believe the laws are such that once you have dealerships, you're not allowed to have manufacturer owned stores in those states.
 

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You mean the few that have stuck it through. How many is that?
Off the top of my head, I know Miami, Dallas/Ft Worth, Silicon Valley/Palo Alto, Marin and Atlanta are still doing service. I also believe Tampa Bay and Minneapolis/St. Paul are still up too, though don't quote me on that.

I'm sure there are other, smaller (by smaller I mean volume of cars sold) dealers in the US. I also can't comment on the service network in Europe, though it sounds like Kroyman's at the least is still up.
 

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The dealers can, and possibly will, simply increase labor costs for installing those cheaper parts, if they come to light. The dealers will make their money somehow. They've stuck it through this whole mess, they deserve to make their cut as well.
We owners have stuck it through and deserve our cut (in cost) as well. If anything, those dealership service departments that have remained, have profited well from the situation. Not that you're being impartial, but if Fisker dealer labor costs became unreasonable, for simple mechanical repairs or particularly for body/interior parts, there are plenty of non-Fisker-affiliated installers who will perform the labor for a lot less.
 

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Off the top of my head, I know Miami, Dallas/Ft Worth, Silicon Valley/Palo Alto, Marin and Atlanta are still doing service. I also believe Tampa Bay and Minneapolis/St. Paul are still up too, though don't quote me on that.

I'm sure there are other, smaller (by smaller I mean volume of cars sold) dealers in the US. I also can't comment on the service network in Europe, though it sounds like Kroyman's at the least is still up.
So by "stuck it though" you mean they continued to offer service, or do you mean something more than that? Assuming the customer pays for parts and labor out of pocket, what is the cost to the dealer to continue to offer service? Were there Karma specific technicians they needed to paid on a daily basis or some other repeating cost? Thanks for your insight.
 

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Sadly its easy to single out individuals in this situation and blame them for what happened - undoubtedly some perhaps have contributed more so than others. However the truth is never simple or easy. It is an intrinsic human instinct to single out and assign blame without dissecting the factors that drive behavior and decision making. This type of cognitive bias is actually exactly what leads to failure....
I could probably write an essay on the compounded levels of complex issues that have put Fisker where it is today but I know in this day and age of soundbites and attention grabbing headlines no one will be interested.... although it may make a nice MBA case study.
Please do write it. I'd love to read it and teach it. I do put a lot of critique on marketing because it is so easy to contrast Tesla's exceptional use of social media, you tube, pr crisis management, Crm, and owner website or private place to raise issues and get a direct line on solutions without making early teaching pains a pr nightmare.
 

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You mean the few that have stuck it through. How many is that?
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I know my dealership (Frank Kent of Ft.Worth, Texas), have given me a loaner car and never charged me for any service, even after Fisker went dark. They definitely have taken on the loss/ risk of loss, and deserve to benefit from Fisker 2. I know Frank Kent dealerships will be the first one I'll visit when I'm ready for my next car, as long as they have the make and model I desire.
 

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I know my dealership (Frank Kent of Ft.Worth, Texas), have given me a loaner car and never charged me for any service, even after Fisker went dark. They definitely have taken on the loss/ risk of loss, and deserve to benefit from Fisker 2. I know Frank Kent dealerships will be the first one I'll visit when I'm ready for my next car, as long as they have the make and model I desire.
My dealership (Fisker of Orange County/Irvine BMW) closed up almost immediately. The only thing I received was a letter wishing me good luck. The best thing that came from that mess was Lormax.
 
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