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by Tim Beissmann

Production of the Fisker Atlantic has been delayed until the middle of 2014, according to information from leaked internal company documents.

US website InsideEVs published slides from a confidential investor presentation on the Atlantic – a mid-sized plug-in hybrid designed to take on high-end variants of Germany’s executive sedans.

The Atlantic, unveiled in concept form at April’s 2012 New York motor show, was scheduled to enter production later this year and go on sale in the US in around 12 months’ time, but now appears unlikely to hit showrooms before the second half of 2014.

The internal documents reveal the Atlantic’s 300,000 square metre production plant in Wilmington, Delaware will undergo retooling throughout 2012 and 2013, with a production-specification prototype anticipated to begin testing in the middle of 2013.

When completed, the plant will have an annual capacity of 250,000 vehicles, with the Atlantic capped at 125,000 per year. Fisker’s first and only production car to date, the larger and sportier Fisker Karma, is produced in Finland by Valmet Automotive.

Fisker’s documents identify the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class, the Audi S4 and A6, and the Jaguar XF as the Atlantic’s key rivals. The plug-in manufacturer admits its new model will need to be priced between US$50,000-US$60,000 ($50,400-$60,500) to be competitive in that market.

The Fisker Atlantic will employ a BMW-sourced 224kW four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as a generator, combining with a lithium-ion battery from Massachusetts-based technology company A123 Systems – the supplier of the Karma’s batteries – and one, or potentially two, electric motors.

Fisker is targeting a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds, just two-tenths adrift of the Karma, and CO2 emissions of just 50 grams per kilometre, which roughly translates to fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100km.




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