VLF Automotive

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VLF Automotive
IndustryAutomotive
Founded2012
FounderBob Lutz
Gilbert Villarreal
ProductsVLF Destino
VLF Force 1 V10
Websitevlfautomotive.com

VLF Automotive is a small American-based automotive company formed in January 2016. It was founded as VL Automotive in 2012 by Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal, then renamed after Henrik Fisker joined the company.

Company history[edit]

The company was founded by designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker, ex-General Motors vice-chairman Bob Lutz and industrialist Gilbert Villarreal. The company's name is taken from the initials of their surnames.[1]

In 2013 they displayed the Destino, its first model, based on the Fisker Karma, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

In 2016 they debuted the Force 1, a 745HP American Supercar at the North American International Auto Show.

Products[edit]

VLF Destino[edit]

The VLF Destino four-door sedan was first shown in January 2013, heavily based on the Fisker Karma, but fitted with a 6.2 L V8 gasoline engine rather than the electric power of the Karma.[1]

Sales of the Destino were scheduled to commence in the second half of 2015, with cars to be built in Auburn Hills in Michigan,[2] but the company only obtained twenty Fisker Karma "gliders" and reported 100 orders by May 2013.[3] At the January 2014 Detroit Autoshow, the company announced that production was delayed due to the ongoing restructuring of Fisker.[4]

VLF Force 1[edit]

The company announced production of a limited edition 745 HP American Supercar Force 1 V10, limited to 50 by third quarter 2016.

HUMVEE C-Series[edit]

Beginning in 2017, VLF is contracting a version of the HMMWV/Hummer H1 for the non-Americas market with limited run of 100 units per year via contract from AM General. Markets include China, Europe and the Middle East.[5] AM General had announced offering the C-Series as a kit for sale in 2012, but cancelled the project.<ref>https://www.motortrend.com/news/diy-h1-am-general-announces-new-59995-civilian-humvee-c-series-kits-283673/,<ref>

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavrinc, Damon (January 14, 2013). "Fisker Karma Gets a 638-HP Corvette Heart Transplant". Wired. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Nunez, Alex (January 14, 2013). "Destino: Bob Lutz's Corvette-powered Fisker Karma". Road & Track. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Smith, David (May 3, 2013). "Fisker Woes Won't Dash Destino Plans". Wards Auto. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "Detroit reveal for VL Destino convertible". Autocar. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  5. ^ http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/05/vlf-is-now-building-and-selling-the-hummer-h1-to-china/

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