Consumer Reports Tests Faulty Fisker Karma

Pop star Justin Bieber and actor Ashton Kutcher may love their Fisker Karmas, but the love just isn't there for Consumer Reports. The organization paid $107,850 for Fisker's plug-in hybrid car, but it broke down right after they began testing it, requiring a flatbed tow.

According to a statement provided to USA Today, Consumer Reports put less than 200 miles on the odometer when the trouble started. After a dashboard light illuminated to signify a problem, Consumer Reports was unable to get the car's transmission to engage in a gear other than Park or Neutral.

"We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process," Consumer Reports said in a statement.

Fisker responded saying its local dealer immediately picked up the car and arranged technicians to diagnose the problem. Though the automaker hasn't disclosed the issue, it did say the car was again operating.

This is just the latest of many speed bumps Fisker has faced in the last few months, including losing Department of Energy loans, a CEO shakeup and employee layoffs.

Bad Karma for Consumer Reports' Fisker test drive (USA Today)



New company. New car. New technology. Isn’t it to be expected that some kinks need to be worked out? Heck, even Toyota can’t produce flawless cars people.

Amuro Ray

Apparently you forgot about the $100K price tag on the vehicle.

When you pay that much, the expectation is drastically different from, say, a Toyota Yaris.


The sound this thing produces is hypnotic. It's a low pitch kinda hum that I wish all electric cars made.

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