Report: Tesla’s Elon Musk calls Fisker Karma a ‘mediocre product at a high price’

In a recent interview with Automobile Magazine, Tesla CEO Elon Musk slammed his counterpart at Fisker Automotive and his Karma plug-in hybrid sedan.

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“It’s a mediocre product at a high price,” Musk said in an interview. “The car looks very big, and yet it has no trunk space and is very cramped inside, particularly in the rear seats.”

The beef between Fisker and Tesla started when Tesla Motors sued Henrik Fisker for developing the Karma while he was under contract to design the Model S. While the lawsuit was unsuccessful, Musk feels that Tesla was paying someone to design their own car. Tesla eventually hired former Mazda and General Motors designer Franz von Holzhausen to design a completely new Model S that you see today.

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Speaking about Henrik, Musk said: “The fundamental problem with Henrik Fisker — he is a designer or stylist…he thinks the reason we don’t have electric cars is for lack of styling. This is not the reason. It’s fundamentally a technology problem. At the same time, you need to make it look good and feel good, because otherwise you’re going to have an impaired product. But just making something look like an electric car does not make it an electric car.”

In his rebuttal Fisker said: “Obviously, Tesla and Fisker are appealing to two different customer bases with two totally different technologies. Tesla has pure EV and Fisker has a range-extended offering with no compromise on range.”

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automobile