Henrik Fisker, former director of Ford's Global Advanced Design Studio and creator of the Aston Martin DB-9 and BMW Z8, has co-founded a new luxury car company based in California.

Henrik Fisker, former director of Ford's Global Advanced Design Studio and creator of the Aston Martin DB-9 and BMW Z8, has co-founded a new luxury car company based in California.


Fisker and his business partner, the German-born former director of business and operations at the Blue Oval’s studio, Bernhard Koehler, recently announced the opening of Fisker Coachbuild, based in Southern California to appeal to the global market.


The new company intends to design and manufacture exclusive supercars, which will be limited to 150 units per design and sold under the Fisker brand name, around the globe.


According to , the first public unveiling of the new designs is scheduled for the end of 2005, with production to commence during the second quarter 2006.


Before embarking on his new venture, Fisker was the director of design for Aston Martin and responsible for the design of the Aston Martin DB-9 and AM-V8 Vantage concept among others.


Fisker is also a former president and chief executive officer of Designworks USA, a subsidiary of BMW, in Newbury Park, California, with a European office in Munich, Germany. Under Fisker's direction, the industrial design firm created a variety of concept cars and products for companies worldwide – including office organisers, mobile phones, bicycle seats and snowboard graphics.


As designer for BMW, from 1992 to 1997, Fisker designed the exterior of the Z07 concept car – a precursor to the classic, yet short-lived, Z8. From 1989 to 1992, Fisker was a designer at BMW Technik GmbH, BMW's advanced design studio in Munich.