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Spectre, and demanded that he not display the car at the show or change the design significantly “to avoid conflict with Aston Martin’s rights,” according to the Wall Street Journal. This sort of litigation, Fisker’s lawsuit claims, “would subject him to public humiliation, embarrassment in the industry and significant financial losses.” Earlier this year Aston Martin sued Fisker over another car design, called the Thunderbolt. The two parties settled that case, and the Thunderbolt is no longer slated for production, added the Journal. Lutz, retired as vice chairman of General Motors in 2010, following a 47-year career in the global automotive industry, including senior leadership positions at four of the world’s leading automakers and founded Lutz Communications, a universal business consulting firm with an emphasis on businesses in motion. He currently serves as chairman of The New Common School Foundation and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation and vice chairman of the board of trustees for the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. He is a contributor to CNBC and Road & Track. He serves as chairman of VIA Motors, he is on the boards of EnerG2 and NanoSteel, and is on the advisory boards of Alexander Proudfoot and Current Motor. He is also a partner in VLF Automotive with Gilbert Villarreal & Henrik Fisker. Villarreal is the CEO of VLF Automotive. Mr. Villarreal is a former United States Marine and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. After serving active duty in the Marine Air Wing as an Aircraft Aviation Specialist on numerous Naval aircraft, he continued his career in aerospace with the Boeing Aircraft Company on the 767 and 747 aircraft production lines in Everett, Washington. After 10 years in Aerospace manufacturing, he transitioned into the automotive and marine industries with UTA “United Technologies Automotive” with The Becker Group, and as the CEO with Acord Incorporated, a leader in automotive interior trim systems and CEO of Concorde Marine, a luxury yacht manufacturer in Washington State.He has over 32 years of wide manufacturing experience that spreads from Aerospace, Automotive, and Marine industries. As an industrialist with a diverse portfolio, he has successfully restructured companies in both the automotive and marine yacht building industries. Henrik Fisker is an entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading automotive designers. Fisker is a founding partner at VLF Automotive and head of design and product strategy. Fisker is also Founder and CEO of HF Design, a Los Angeles based innovation and industrial design house that works across numerous categories including luxury travel, automotive, architectural design, furniture, smart devices, consumer products and technology. Best known among his creations are BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Among his latest creations is the Viking motorcycle, Rocket, Destino and Force 1. He was born in Denmark, and has lived and worked in Germany, London, and Southern California. The Fisker Automotive Saga In 2007 Henrik Fisker founded Fisker Automotive, where he launched the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid, Fisker Karma, together with Bernhard Koehler. Fisker Automotive’s investors have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Palo Alto Investors, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Qatar Holdings, A123 Systems and Ace Investments. In 2008, Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive, alleging they stole Tesla’s technology and are using it to develop their own hybrid car, the Fisker Karma, which was announced at the North American International Auto Show in January 2008. In 2009, Fisker received a $528.7 million conditional loan from the Department of Energy’s $25 billion Advanced Technologies Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program (ATVM). In April 2012, Fisker announced it had received $392 million in a new round of financing, which was in addition to $850 million it had raise in previous rounds. In November 2013 Fisker Automotive declared bankruptcy, wiping out $1.2 billion in venture capital and a $192 million DOE federal loan. In February 2014 the company was bought at auction by China’s leading auto-parts manufacturer Wanxiang Group, one of the world’s largest automotive component conglomerates, for $149.2 million. On September 30, 2015, Fisker Automotive changed its name to Karma Automotive.]]>