Fisker Trivia Questions and Answers

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  1. In what year was Fisker Automotive founded?
    A: 2005
    B: 2007
    C: 2009
    D: 2011
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive was founded in 2007 by Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler.
  2. What was the flagship model of Fisker Automotive?
    A: Fisker Atlantic
    B: Fisker Latigo
    C: Fisker Karma
    D: Fisker Tramonto
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The Fisker Karma was the flagship luxury plug-in hybrid model produced by Fisker Automotive.
  3. Who was the co-founder and initial CEO of Fisker Automotive?
    A: Tony Posawatz
    B: Tom LaSorda
    C: Henrik Fisker
    D: Elon Musk
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Henrik Fisker co-founded Fisker Automotive and served as its initial CEO.
  4. Which company purchased the assets of Fisker Automotive after its bankruptcy?
    A: Tesla Motors
    B: Quantum Technologies
    C: Wanxiang Group
    D: General Motors
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts conglomerate, purchased the assets of Fisker Automotive in 2014.
  5. What was the fate of Fisker Automotive in November 2013?
    A: It launched a new model
    B: It expanded to Europe
    C: It declared bankruptcy
    D: It was acquired by Tesla
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive declared bankruptcy in November 2013.
  6. How much money did Fisker Automotive raise from private investors?
    A: $500 million
    B: $700 million
    C: $1 billion
    D: $1.5 billion
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive raised over $1 billion from private investors.
  7. Which federal loan did Fisker Automotive receive in 2009?
    A: $328.7 million
    B: $429.5 million
    C: $528.7 million
    D: $629.2 million
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive received a $528.7 million conditional loan from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program in 2009.
  8. What was the main production issue that Fisker Automotive encountered?
    A: Engine troubles
    B: Battery recall
    C: Transmission failures
    D: Software glitches
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive encountered significant production issues due to battery recalls by their supplier A123 Systems.
  9. Where were the Fisker Karma vehicles manufactured?
    A: Anaheim, California
    B: Wilmington, Delaware
    C: Uusikaupunki, Finland
    D: Detroit, Michigan
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The Fisker Karma vehicles were manufactured at Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland.
  10. Who replaced Henrik Fisker as CEO in August 2012?
    A: Tony Posawatz
    B: Tom LaSorda
    C: Bernhard Koehler
    D: Richard Li
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: Tony Posawatz replaced Henrik Fisker as the CEO of Fisker Automotive in August 2012.
  11. Which company was known as the “Solyndra of the electric car industry”?
    A: Tesla Motors
    B: Fisker Automotive
    C: General Motors
    D: Nissan
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The New York Times dubbed Fisker Automotive as the “Solyndra of the electric car industry.”
  12. In which state was Fisker Automotive’s headquarters located?
    A: Michigan
    B: Texas
    C: California
    D: New York
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive’s headquarters were located in Anaheim, California.
  13. Before founding Fisker Automotive, what type of business did Fisker and Koehler establish?
    A: Luxury SUV manufacturing
    B: Electric car battery production
    C: Coach-building automobiles
    D: Solar panel production
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker and Koehler initially established Fisker Coachbuild, focusing on coach-building custom automobiles.
  14. What did Fisker Automotive plan to produce under Project Nina?
    A: A luxury SUV
    B: A compact electric car
    C: A mid-sized sedan
    D: A sports convertible
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Project Nina was aimed at developing the Fisker Atlantic, a mid-sized sedan.
  15. Who filed a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive in 2008, claiming technology theft?
    A: Nissan
    B: General Motors
    C: Tesla Motors
    D: BMW
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive in 2008.
  16. What was the cause of the fire that destroyed 16 Karmas during Hurricane Sandy?
    A: Faulty batteries
    B: Short circuit in the vehicle control unit
    C: Engine overheating
    D: External arson
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: A short circuit in a vehicle control unit caused by seawater led to the fire that destroyed 16 Karmas during Hurricane Sandy.
  17. What did Fisker Automotive primarily outsource?
    A: Design and engineering
    B: Marketing and sales
    C: Manufacturing
    D: Customer service
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive primarily outsourced manufacturing to reduce costs and development times.
  18. Who was a notable investor in Fisker Automotive?
    A: Brad Pitt
    B: Leonardo DiCaprio
    C: George Clooney
    D: Will Smith
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Leonardo DiCaprio was one of the notable investors in Fisker Automotive.
  19. What was the total number of Karmas built before production was suspended?
    A: 1,350
    B: 1,750
    C: 2,450
    D: 3,050
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Approximately 2,450 Karmas were built before production was suspended in 2012.
  20. How much did Wanxiang Group pay for Fisker Automotive’s assets at auction?
    A: $75.6 million
    B: $100.2 million
    C: $149.2 million
    D: $200 million
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Wanxiang Group paid $149.2 million for Fisker Automotive’s assets at auction.
  21. What was the name of the company formed from Fisker Automotive’s assets after the purchase?
    A: Fisker Inc.
    B: Revero Motors
    C: Karma Automotive
    D: Phoenix Motors
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: After purchasing Fisker Automotive’s assets, Wanxiang Group formed Karma Automotive.
  22. What was Fisker’s proposed high-volume vehicle called?
    A: Fisker Atlantic
    B: Fisker Sunset
    C: Fisker Surf
    D: Fisker Nina
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: The Fisker Atlantic was Fisker Automotive’s proposed high-volume vehicle.
  23. Which actor attended the announcement event for the Boxwood Plant in 2009?
    A: Tom Hanks
    B: Robert Downey Jr.
    C: Joe Biden
    D: Matt Damon
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Then-Vice President Joe Biden attended the announcement event for Fisker’s Boxwood Plant in 2009.
  24. What was the status of Fisker Automotive’s DOE loan when the company declared bankruptcy?
    A: Fully repaid
    B: Extended for five more years
    C: Defaulted and auctioned
    D: Increased by $200 million
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive’s defaulted DOE loan was auctioned when the company declared bankruptcy.
  25. Which battery supplier to Fisker Automotive went bankrupt in 2012?
    A: Panasonic
    B: A123 Systems
    C: Samsung
    D: LG Chem
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: A123 Systems, which supplied batteries to Fisker Automotive, went bankrupt in 2012.
  26. Which concept model was revealed by Fisker at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show?
    A: Fisker Nina
    B: Fisker Surf
    C: Fisker Sunset
    D: Fisker Atlantic
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker revealed the Fisker Sunset concept model at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
  27. What did the “EVer” powertrain system primarily refer to in the Fisker Karma?
    A: Engine system
    B: Battery system
    C: Transmission system
    D: Hybrid powertrain system
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: The EVer powertrain system in the Fisker Karma refers to its series hybrid powertrain system.
  28. Who was appointed CEO of Fisker Automotive in February 2012?
    A: Tony Posawatz
    B: Bernhard Koehler
    C: Tom LaSorda
    D: Henrik Fisker
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Tom LaSorda was appointed CEO of Fisker Automotive in February 2012.
  29. Which luxury car brands did Henrik Fisker work with before starting Fisker Automotive?
    A: Ferrari and Maserati
    B: Aston Martin and BMW
    C: Jaguar and Bentley
    D: Porsche and Audi
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Henrik Fisker worked with luxury car brands such as Aston Martin and BMW before starting Fisker Automotive.
  30. In which city did Fisker Automotive face massive flood damage to their vehicles during Hurricane Sandy?
    A: Miami
    B: New York
    C: Newark
    D: Boston
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive faced massive flood damage to their vehicles in Port Newark, New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy.
  31. What was one of the reasons Henrik Fisker resigned from the company in 2013?
    A: Personal health issues
    B: Disagreements over business strategy
    C: Pursuing a political career
    D: Legal issues
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Henrik Fisker resigned due to disagreements over business strategy with the management.
  32. The Fisker Atlantic was intended to compete in which vehicle segment?
    A: Compact
    B: Midsize sedan
    C: Full-size SUV
    D: Pickup truck
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The Fisker Atlantic was intended to compete in the midsize sedan segment.
  33. What type of vehicle is the Fisker Surf?
    A: Sports SUV
    B: Convertible
    C: Station wagon
    D: Pickup truck
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The Fisker Surf is a concept model with a station wagon bodystyle.
  34. When did the first deliveries of the Fisker Karma to retail customers begin?
    A: January 2011
    B: July 2011
    C: November 2011
    D: March 2012
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: The first retail deliveries of the Fisker Karma began in November 2011.
  35. Which organization described Fisker Automotive as a “debacle”?
    A: Wall Street Journal
    B: The New York Times
    C: BBC News
    D: Reuters
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The New York Times described Fisker Automotive as a “debacle.”
  36. Who was the CEO of Fisker Automotive in 2013 when the company declared bankruptcy?
    A: Tony Posawatz
    B: Henrik Fisker
    C: Tom LaSorda
    D: Elon Musk
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: Tony Posawatz was the CEO of Fisker Automotive when it declared bankruptcy in 2013.
  37. How much loss did the federal government take on its loan to Fisker Automotive?
    A: $39 million
    B: $89 million
    C: $129 million
    D: $139 million
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: The federal government took a $139 million loss on its loan to Fisker Automotive.
  38. In which state was Fisker’s manufacturing facility, acquired but never used, located?
    A: California
    B: Michigan
    C: Delaware
    D: Texas
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker’s manufacturing facility was located in Delaware; however, it was never used for production.
  39. What was Fisker’s lawsuit with Tesla about?
    A: Marketing practices
    B: Stolen technology
    C: Employee poaching
    D: Battery supply
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Tesla’s lawsuit against Fisker claimed that Fisker stole Tesla’s technology to develop the Karma.
  40. Of the $528.7 million loan from the DOE, how much did Fisker actually draw before the loan was frozen?
    A: $100 million
    B: $150 million
    C: $192 million
    D: $300 million
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker drew $192 million of the DOE loan before the credit line was frozen.
  41. Which early investor backed Fisker Automotive?
    A: Andreessen Horowitz
    B: Kleiner Perkins
    C: Sequoia Capital
    D: Accel Partners
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Kleiner Perkins was one of the early investors in Fisker Automotive.
  42. How many Karmas were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy?
    A: 150
    B: 200
    C: 322
    D: 338
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: 338 Karmas were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy at Port Newark, New Jersey.
  43. What technology did Quantum Technologies contribute to the production of Fisker Karma?
    A: Battery packs
    B: Aluminum chassis
    C: Electric powertrains
    D: EVer powertrain system
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: Quantum Technologies contributed to the development of the EVer powertrain system in the Fisker Karma.
  44. Which role did Henrik Fisker assume after stepping down as CEO in 2012?
    A: Chief Engineer
    B: Executive Chairman
    C: Chief Financial Officer
    D: Marketing Director
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Henrik Fisker assumed the role of executive chairman after stepping down as CEO.
  45. Which prominent venture capital firm invested in Fisker Automotive?
    A: Andreessen Horowitz
    B: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    C: Greylock Partners
    D: Benchmark Capital
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was a major venture capital firm that invested in Fisker Automotive.
  46. Where was the aluminum frame for the Fisker Karma supplied from?
    A: France
    B: Italy
    C: Germany
    D: Norway
    Correct Answer: D
    Explanation: The aluminum frames for the Fisker Karma were supplied by Norsk Hydro from Norway.
  47. How many production deadlines did Fisker Automotive miss before suspending production of the Karma?
    A: One
    B: Two
    C: Multiple
    D: None
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive missed multiple production deadlines before suspending the Karma’s production.
  48. How many dealerships did Fisker Automotive have in the US by February 2012?
    A: 30
    B: 35
    C: 45
    D: 50
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: By February 2012, Fisker Automotive had established 45 dealerships in the US.
  49. Who took over as CEO after Tom LaSorda left Fisker Automotive in August 2012?
    A: Henrik Fisker
    B: Tony Posawatz
    C: Bernhard Koehler
    D: Richard Li
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Tony Posawatz took over as CEO after Tom LaSorda in August 2012.
  50. Which model was described as a “merger of a sports car with a station wagon”?
    A: Fisker Atlantic
    B: Fisker Surf
    C: Fisker Sunset
    D: Fisker Nina
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The Fisker Surf was described as a “merger of a sports car with a station wagon.”
  51. Who was the car insurance provider that initially denied Fisker’s claim for losses during Hurricane Sandy?
    A: Geico
    B: XL Insurance America
    C: Allstate
    D: State Farm
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: XL Insurance America initially denied Fisker’s claim for the losses during Hurricane Sandy.
  52. Was Henrik Fisker involved in the design of the Aston Martin DB9?
    A: Yes
    B: No
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: Henrik Fisker was involved in the design of the Aston Martin DB9 before founding his own company.
  53. Which country hosted the manufacturing of the Karma?
    A: Germany
    B: Finland
    C: Italy
    D: United Kingdom
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Manufacturing of the Fisker Karma took place in Finland by Valmet Automotive.
  54. What was the reason for the second recall of Fisker’s batteries?
    A: Engine overheating
    B: Safety issues
    C: Performance enhancement
    D: Software upgrade
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: The second recall of Fisker’s batteries was due to safety issues.
  55. Where did Fisker Automotive initially plan to produce its high-volume vehicle?
    A: Anaheim, California
    B: Detroit, Michigan
    C: Wilmington, Delaware
    D: New Jersey
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive initially planned to produce its high-volume vehicle in Wilmington, Delaware.
  56. Who was responsible for the aluminum frame design of Fisker Karma?
    A: Fisker Automotive
    B: General Motors
    C: Tesla Motors
    D: Toyota Motor Company
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: The aluminum frame design of the Fisker Karma was engineered by Fisker Automotive.
  57. What milestone did Fisker fail to meet, leading the DOE to freeze their loan?
    A: Production goals
    B: Sales targets
    C: Innovation patents
    D: Safety certifications
    Correct Answer: A
    Explanation: Fisker Automotive failed to meet production goals, leading the DOE to freeze their loan.
  58. Which model of the Karma was relaunched by Karma Automotive in 2016?
    A: Latigo
    B: Revero
    C: Sunset
    D: Surf
    Correct Answer: B
    Explanation: Karma Automotive relaunched the Karma as the Karma Revero in 2016.
  59. How many employees did Fisker Automotive retain after laying off 75% of its workforce in April 2013?
    A: 20
    B: 30
    C: 40
    D: 50
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: After laying off 75% of its workforce, Fisker Automotive retained a core group of 40 workers.
  60. What year did Henrik Fisker found Fisker Inc.?
    A: 2014
    B: 2015
    C: 2016
    D: 2017
    Correct Answer: C
    Explanation: Henrik Fisker founded Fisker Inc. in 2016 after the bankruptcy of Fisker Automotive.

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