Henrik Fisker has been involved in the design and production of some of the most interesting cars of the past 15 years. He penned the 1997 BMW Z07 concept car, which was put into production in 1999, as the BMW Z8. While design director for Aston Martin, Fisker oversaw the development of the 2004 Aston Martin DB9 and the 2005 Aston MartinV8 Vantage.
He started Fisker Coachbuild in 2004 to take the platform underpinning such vaunted luxury cars as the BMW 6 Series and the Mercedes-Benz SL and create custom bodies for them much as the highly considered coachbuilders of the 1920s and 1930s did for companies like Cadillac, Rolls Royce and Duesenberg.
Along the way, Fisker got the idea to do a luxury hybrid high performance grand touring luxury sedan. Fisker Automotive’s first product—the Fisker Karma—debuted in concept car form in January of 2008, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Additionally, Fisker Automotive consulted on the initial design of the Tesla Model S. The production Fisker Karma was first shown in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show.
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