Fisker taken over by Chinese Wanxiang Group

2014.02.15, according to latest news, Fisker taken over by Chinese Wanxiang Group

美增程电动车Fisker破产竞拍结果于北京时间15日约凌晨4点左右出炉。中国万向集团成功赢得此次拍卖。李泽楷旗下混合动力技术控股有限公司最终选择退出。

万向集团为中国老牌的汽车零部件公司,近年来逐步向电池-电机-电控-电动汽车进行转型。旗下拥有A股上市公司万向钱潮(SZ.000559)

If it weren’t for billionaire Lu Guanqiu, founder of Chinese auto parts giant Wanxiang Group, the Fisker Automotive bankruptcy bailout deal might have closed earlier this month. Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li, along with Li’s affiliate company Hybrid Tech Holdings, assumed their offer was going to be accepted. Instead, the US bankruptcy court judge called for an open auction bid for Fisker’s assets on February 12. Lu made a few convincing points to the judge. There’s another interesting part of the story that Lu didn’t share it with the judge. If the Fisker deal doesn’t work out, Lu and Wanxiang might increase their working relationship with Tesla Motors.

Lu told US bankruptcy judge Kevin Gross that Wanxiang, which now owns Fisker’s supplier of lithium batteries, A123 Systems, is better placed than Hybrid Tech Holdings to restart and expand production at Fisker. Better yet, Wanxiang could move production from Finland to the US. That was convincing enough for Gross to schedule the auction.

Lu’s move toward taking over ownership and restoring Fisker seems to be driven by two motivations: converting his company from a parts maker to an automaker; and to grow the yet-to-be profitable “new energy ” business such as lithium battery and electric vehicle makers. For Lu, it’s not so much about believing in Fisker – it’s more about playing a leading role in electric vehicles – and that could come through deepening its connection to Tesla Motors. “Of course we want to pocket Fisker. But we will bid rationally,” he said to Reuters. “Whatever the result, nothing can stop us from making electric cars.”

“万向收购菲斯科的最终目的还是要在中国实现整车制造,这是万向集团董事局主席鲁冠球多年的梦想。”业内人士分析。

身技术、底盘技术与A123电池技术嫁接,大大减少制造整车的成本,同时也将分摊收购菲斯科的成本。”有评论称。

在2013年10月工信部产业政策司发布的《车辆生产企业及产品公告》(第254批)中,万向集团子公司万向电动汽车有限公司赫然在列,这意味着万向已经拥有了制造专用车的生产资质。

但是在业内人士看来,即使成功将菲斯科收入囊中,未来万向的造车之路依然不平坦。目前中国的电动车使用环境尚需长时间培育,而万向在整车制造技术方面积累不多,这将是极大的挑战。

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