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Fisker Karma flaw earns ire from Consumer Reports

March 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, March 12 — Fisker is facing yet more embarrassing publicity surrounding its Karma plug-in hybrid, after a test model apparently broke down while being tested by Consumer Reports.

The influential consumer publication released a YouTube video this week purporting to show that the Karma, which sells for over US$100,000 (RM300,000), had broken down in its driveway.

In the video, Consumer Reports’ Tom Mutchler claims that the car wouldn’t move into gear and wouldn’t move, before a dealer arrivers to pick up the model.

In an associated blog post, Consumer Reports said that it has heard of other problems with the vehicle, citing the FiskerBuzz.com forum and saying that its Fisker ownership had been ‘a bumpy ride’.

A damning report from such an influential publication is a serious blow to Fisker, already grappling for public acceptance after it was forced into recalling some of the vehicles just weeks after the launch following fears over battery safety.

For many luxury EV fans, it will also be reminiscent of the report produced by Top Gear which purported to show the Tesla Roadster running out of power during a test — prompting Tesla Motors to file for libel against Top Gear.

That attempt was thrown out twice by British courts, most recently last month when a judge described the accusations levelled by Tesla against the BBC as  ”gravely deficient.” — AFP/Relaxnews

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