Fisker – Karma
Exova (now owned by Element Materials Technology) was contracted to help develop an Advanced Development Validation (ADV) plan for the interior of the vehicle, and manage through two development cycles including Design Validation (DV) and Process Validation (PV). The normal development cycle is 18 months for three interior combinations, but the project was to be delivered within a shortened timeline of nine months, with seven interior combinations. Assemblies included the instrument panel, centre console, door trim, overhead system, decorative trim, carpet and acoustics.
Exova identified a dedicated program manager to work with the design integrator Magna International, and the OEM, Fisker. We identified the testing parameters, combined testing assemblies/components to shorten the testing schedules, and worked with our partners to overcome testing shortfalls. In suggesting material changes Exova met the program timing of 9 months.
The Karma was launched for 'hand build' production volumes on time, while meeting design, production and end user requirements. The Karma went on to win car design of the year for 2012, making it a must have accessory for a number of celebrities and car enthusiasts worldwide.