Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fisker Automotive closing Pontiac facility, 2 dozen jobs head to SoCal

Just one year after opening its Michigan engineering center in Pontiac, Fisker Automotive is relocating all two dozen Michigan employees to its Southern California headquarters.

The company announced beginning March 1st, its Irvine, Calif. headquarters will host all design, engineering, sales, marketing and administrative positions.

When Fisker Automotive, a venture-capital funded company founded by Fisker Coachbuild and Quantum Technologies, announced the opening of the 34,000 sq. ft. Michigan facility last year, the green-luxury-sports-car maker expected to employ up to 200 engineers and designers to work on development and production of the company's first extended-range plug-in hybrid, the Fisker Karma.

Sale of the $88,000 Fisker Karma has yet to launch, but after several reported delays, Green Car Advisor reports the hybrid is expected to go on sale later this year.

Relocating the Michigan jobs was part of a consolidation as the two-year-old company revs up its next extended-range plug-in hybrid program. The automaker also reported it will "dramatically" increase hiring in California, although the company has not specified when hiring will begin nor which positions will be filled.

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