Bob Lutz, the former product chief at General Motors, has seen a lot of four-door sedans in his 81 years. So people took note when Lutz rhapsodized about the Fisker Karma in an April 26 blog on Forbes.com.
"Let's look at a few facts: The big Karma, designed by Henrik Fisker, is quite possibly the most beautiful four-door sedan ever," Lutz gushed.
So it's no surprise that a Lutz-led boutique automaker, which plans to retrofit Karmas with Chevrolet Corvette engines, and China's largest auto parts supplier have made a $20 million offer to buy ailing Fisker Automotive. VL Automotive and China's Wanxiang Group made the offer this month, sources told Reuters. The proposal is one of at least two efforts to revive Fisker, which has fired most of its workers to preserve cash.
Fisker hasn't built a vehicle since July 2012. But in his blog last month, Lutz looked past Fisker's travails: "The technology, similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt, was ground-breaking and soon to be adopted by many of the leading manufacturers."