Among the different alternative-fuel strategies playing out, Henrik Fisker is betting big on plug-in hybrids. At a recent dinner speech, he said plug-in hybrids, or PHEVs, will be the dominant type of car for the next 10 to 15 years. And he has reason to hope that will be the case as his start-up company, Fisker Automotive, launches the Karma sedan, with its PHEV power train, in June of next year.
Source: CNET News
Keys: Marketing, new product development, new technologies, management
Questions for discussion:
- Does Fisker Automotive represent a real threat to the giant automobile firms like Ford and Toyota?
- What do you think the target market will like about this product?
- Is there anything the customer will not like?
- Do you believe the product will succeed in the marketplace? Explain your answers.