Car Industry

Karma Automotive (nee Fisker) might actually be doing something for a change

It's been well over a year since the company has traded hands, with not a whole lot to show for it.

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The Karma is definitely one of the sexiest hybrids to grace this planet, so I'm excited to see where it's headed next.

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When Fisker went bankrupt, its assets were purchased by China's Wanxiang Group, with the intent of rebuilding the company and once again selling cars. In that time, the name's been changed to Karma Automotive, the company struck a deal with BMW to use its hybrid components, and not much else has happened. But there's movement once again!

First, The Wall Street Journal reported that Karma changed its car's name from Karma to Revero, which allegedly translates to "truth." Its chief marketing officer also told WSJ that orders for Revero will be taken later this year, and that the new car will be unveiled this summer.

Now, Electrek picked up on an interesting hire. Evidently, Karma Automotive poached Tesla's lead interior designer, Andre Franco Luis, who held that title from 2011 until last month. He'll allegedly join Karma as its interior design manager. It's interesting because the Karma and Tesla's cars have wildly different approaches to interior design, so I'm intrigued to see how this will pan out.

Of course, no one will know what this hire means until the car is unveiled. While that's supposed to take place this summer, the world of startup automotive companies is fraught with delays, so it wouldn't be uncharacteristic for that rollout to be pushed back a bit. That said, WSJ also points out that Karma shipped Fisker's manufacturing components to its new facility in California, so progress is definitely being made.