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Disclosure: I am an investor in this. As a long standing member, I am posting this as something I am very proud of and want to share with the group. There will be more information made available shortly!
 

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Is that Fisker as in Henrik Fisker, the design director of Aston Martin? (Or perhaps the former design director of Aston Martin?) Curious minds want to know!

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Ridgeback_Pilot said:
Is that Fisker as in Henrik Fisker, the design director of Aston Martin? (Or perhaps the former design director of Aston Martin?) Curious minds want to know!

Mike

Waaay off-topic: Does your username have anything to do with dogs ?

Back to topic: Looking forward to hear more too!
 

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!!!!!!!!!!HERE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!



FISKER AND KOEHLER LAUNCH NEW AMERICAN BUILT LUXURY SPORTS CAR COMPANY IN CALIFORNIA: FISKER COACHBUILD, LLC.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. Jan. 17, 2005: Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler announce the opening of a new luxury car company, FISKER COACHBUILD, based in Southern California to appeal to the global market.

The objective of FISKER COACHBUILD is to combine beautiful design with existing world-class engineering. The focus will be on designing and manufacturing exclusive high-end sports cars, which will be limited to 150 units per design and sold under the Fisker brand name.

These high-end sports cars will be designed and produced in Southern California with world-wide distribution. The designs will boast all of Fisker’s creative efforts over the past 15 years in the auto industry and will incorporate a number of dynamic elements. Koehler’s 25 years of expertise in 3D development and product quality will guarantee a smooth stream between the design and manufacturing process.

The first public unveiling of the new designs will be scheduled towards the end of 2005. Prospects will be called together at various events in order to gauge interest with production to commence during the second quarter 2006.

“We are excited to finally be able to practice and apply our expertise and car design knowledge with finely engineered product,” explained Henrik Fisker, CEO of FISKER COACHBUILD. “We hope to bring a unique addition to the luxury sports car market by providing distinctive sports cars through our designs. For FISKER COACHBUILD it is all about emotion and design excellence”.

FISKER COACHBUILD is a privately owned company with the majority held by the founders Henrik Fisker (Chief Executive Officer) and Bernhard Koehler (Chief Operating Officer). Financial support was received through a group of international investors.

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Congradulations Jerry - looks like a very interesting project to be involved in. Please keep us posted on the progress!
 

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Sounds interesting ! A couple of questions comes to mind, obviously, I believe, this will not be engineerd from scratch, since that would put the first release several years from now.

Is it possible to reveal the source of some of the key components such as engine, driveline, brakes etc ? Will there be any partnership with other car manufacturers ? Even if you know, I understand if you can't answer my questions so early in the project. But some answers or hints would be good :)
 

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robertdn,
The article states that it will be "unveiled" in late '05, with production starting in '06. That is extremely fast, so I'd assume they'll be using some "off the shelf" components, such as powerplant, trans, diff, logic, etc.
 

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robertdn,
The article states that it will be "unveiled" in late '05, with production starting in '06. That is extremely fast, so I'd assume they'll be using some "off the shelf" components, such as powerplant, trans, diff, logic, etc.
My thought too, therefore the questions!

After reading the article one more time, I see that they write "existing world-class engineering." But the questions still remain, will there be a lada,hyundai,toyota, BMW, Porsche, GM etc setup, some more likely than others, but still :)
 

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Waaay off-topic: Does your username have anything to do with dogs ?
Good guess! :biggrin: At the risk of thread creep, here is a photo of my Rhodesian ridgeback. She flies with me in the Cessna but is unlikely to accompany me in my M5 for obvious reasons!



Cheers, Mike
 

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Good guess! :biggrin: At the risk of thread creep, here is a photo of my Rhodesian ridgeback. She flies with me in the Cessna but is unlikely to accompany me in my M5 for obvious reasons!



Cheers, Mike
Uh, which one is the Rhodesian ridgeback? :hihi: Sorry, couldn't resist..and get a good car seat worthy of the M5 for the next generation pilot :thumbsup: ..and now back to our regularly scheduled programming for this thread.....
Regards,
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Good guess! :biggrin: At the risk of thread creep, here is a photo of my Rhodesian ridgeback. She flies with me in the Cessna but is unlikely to accompany me in my M5 for obvious reasons!

Cheers, Mike
Nice! I got one too, that loved the M5, use a original leather dog cover for the rear seats :) And cool hobby!

Sorry for the off-topic chat folks!
 

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Jerry,

Congratulations for such an exciting venture. If you needs focus group participants, I work for free. :hihi: :hihi:

This is a great time, as many in the Porsche, BMW, and MB world are bemoaning their brands mis-directions. And the Italian exotics still have quality issues.

Best of luck on everything.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Henrik Fisker and Bernhard
Koehler announce the opening of a new luxury car company, FISKER COACHBUILD,
based in Southern California to appeal to the global market.
The objective of FISKER COACHBUILD is to combine beautiful design with
existing world-class engineering. The focus will be on designing and
manufacturing exclusive high-end sports cars, which will be limited to
150 units per design and sold under the Fisker brand name.
These high-end sports cars will be designed and produced in Southern
California with world-wide distribution. The designs will boast all of
Fisker's creative efforts over the past 15 years in the auto industry and will
incorporate a number of dynamic elements. Koehler's 25 years of expertise in
3D development and product quality will guarantee a smooth stream between the
design and manufacturing process.
The first public unveiling of the new designs will be scheduled towards
the end of 2005. Prospects will be called together at various events in order
to gauge interest with production to commence during the second quarter 2006.
"We are excited to finally be able to practice and apply our expertise and
car design knowledge with finely engineered product," explained Henrik Fisker,
CEO of FISKER COACHBUILD. "We hope to bring a unique addition to the luxury
sports car market by providing distinctive sports cars through our designs.
For FISKER COACHBUILD it is all about emotion and design excellence".

FISKER COACHBUILD is a privately owned company with the majority held by
the founders Henrik Fisker (Chief Executive Officer) and Bernhard Koehler
(Chief Operating Officer). Financial support was received through a group of
international investors.

HENRIK FISKER: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FISKER COACHBUILD

Since August 2003, Henrik Fisker was the Director of Ford's Global
Advanced Design Studio (CAPC) in Irvine, California. Fisker also held the
prominent position of Director of Design for Aston Martin and sat as a member
of the Board of Directors at Aston Martin since August 2001.
Fisker was responsible for the Design of the Aston Martin DB-9, as well as
the show-car and upcoming production car, the Aston Martin AM-V8 Vantage.
Other responsibilities incorporated during tenure at Ford Motor Company
included Fisker heading up as creative director of Ingeni -- Ford Motor
Company's London-based design and creativity center -- from 1 September 2001
through 1 August 2003.
Prior to joining Ford Motor Company & Aston Martin, the Danish designer
was president and chief executive officer of Designworks/USA, a subsidiary of
BMW headquartered in Newbury Park, Calif., with a European office in Munich,
Germany. Under Fisker's direction, the industrial design firm created a
variety of concept cars and products for companies spanning the
globe -- including office organizers, mobile phones, bicycle seats and
snowboard graphics.
Previous to his appointment at Designworks/USA in January 2000, Fisker was
a designer for BMW AG, which is the design headquarter for BMW.
Amid other projects, from 1992 to 1997, Fisker designed the exterior of
the Z07 concept car which was showcased at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show. The
exterior of the production Z8 roadster, which was launched in 1999, was also
debuted.
From 1989 to 1992, Fisker worked as a designer at BMW Technik GmbH, BMW's
advanced design studio in Munich.
Henrik Fisker graduated from the Art center college of Design in 1989.
He was born in Denmark August 10th, 1963.

BERNHARD KOEHLER: CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, FISKER COACHBUILD

Since January 2004 Bernhard Koehler held the position as the Director of
Business and Operations within Ford's Global Advanced Design Studio (CAPC) in
Irvine, California. He held responsibilities for management and allocation of
resources, establishment of robust work plans with timing deliverables and
metrics, finance and budget planning, articulation of a vision for the
business of design within Ford Motor Company in North America. Koehler also
held responsibility to cascade and communicate this plan to the program teams,
the supply base and dealers.
Born in May 1964 in Germany Koehler pursued his interests in design.
Koehler completed business school in 1980 and immediately pursued a career
with BMW AG in September 1980.
He went on to earn a degree as a sculptor in 1984 and started at BMW
Design in the same year. In 1989 Koehler formed a training studio for
modelling techniques and technologies at BMW and trained young design talents
through 1997. He led several show-car projects, such as the Mini Monte-Carlo
concept vehicle and the BMW Motorcycle "Cruiser" sidecar project.
Bernhard moved to Los Angeles, California in 1997 and took the position of
Director of 3D Services at Designworks USA. The role was to integrate and
implement BMW quality standards and to establish a manufacturer and supplier
network. In 1999, Koehler was promoted to Director of Operations at
Designworks and was responsible for the overall project and capacity planning.
In January 2002, Bernhard moved to London and joined Ford Motor Company as
the Director for New Business Development at ingeni. He was responsible for
the design centre's revenue targets for Ford Motor Company and other non-Ford
clients. During the same time, Koehler was the manager responsible for Aston
Martin's modelling and operations for design and concept, which includes the
DB-9 and the AM-V8 Vantage.

</pre> SOURCE FISKER COACHBUILD, LLC.
Web Site: http://WWW.FISKERCB.COM
 

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Wow, Jerry, I have suspected for some time now that you were up to something with Henrik :hihi: , so this is not a surprise. Knowing how passionate you are about BMW and M in particular, I would hazard a guess that there may be a BMW connection, but in any case we await additional information with eager anticipation!


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Sounds exciting - hope the project is a success :cheers:
 
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