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A test of “any publicity is good publicity.” $108K Fisker car dies after 180 miles with Consumer Reports

May not get a "recommend" from Consumer Reports











Consumer Reports uses anonymous buyers to purchase the automobiles that they test. They bought a $107,850 Karma from Fisker automotive.

"It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters. 

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Consumer Reports video tease:

Soon after Consumer Reports bought the Fisker Karma to test, it stopped working.

The luxury plug-in hybrid had to be towed off the track.

Read our blog "Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid breaks down" for more information:

Fisker's response:

Yesterday a Fisker owner, Consumer Reports, experienced a service event with the Karma they recently purchased from a local retailer.

As a new company introducing a new technology into the marketplace, customer satisfaction and a quick and thorough response to any issue is our primary focus.

As part of the Fisker VIP Customer Service program, the local Fisker retailer immediately arranged for the car to be picked up and diagnosed by trained service technicians.

Our engineers are in contact with the retailer and are working closely with them to understand the cause and resolve the issue so they can return the car to their customer quickly.

With nearly 500 units retailed to date there are many satisfied customers around the world driving Fisker Karmas every day, without incident.

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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