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Fisker Expansion Plans Start in Frankfurt

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On: Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Expansion Plans Start in Frankfurt

Though it seemed to have its hands more than full with getting the Karma to market, Fisker has been working on some other models too. The green luxury-sports automaker will showcase its latest creation at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

Fisker has a new production model to debut at Frankfurt. It will be based on the Karma's platform, utilizing the same dual-motor, range-extending powertrain and aluminum spaceframe. Past rumors have indicated the car will be a shooting brake/crossover model. It will go on sale next year.

In 2013, Fisker will launch a new line of smaller cars codenamed 'Nina.' The company announced last week that it had made an agreement with BMW for the supply of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. That engine will be used in the Nina line. The line is rumored to consist of three different models, the first of which will be a sporty, "radically styled" sedan. They'll use the same 20 kWh battery pack as the Karma and will use the BMW engine as a generator.

In 2015, Fisker will launch a Karma convertible, a car that was previewed by the Sunset concept revealed at this year's Detroit Motor Show.

The Karma finally started making it out to customers this summer. A sporty and luxurious sedan, the Karma features a series-hybrid powertrain that uses two 201-hp motors to power the wheels and a 260-hp 2.0-liter engine-generator to provide backup juice. Fisker claims the car can hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, drive up to around 50 miles on electricity alone, top out at 125 mph, and offer up to 100 mpg.

Once Fisker gets its new models up and running, it hopes to begin pumping out about 100,000 vehicles per year. Henrik Fisker's been known for some wishful thinking, though, so we'll see about that.


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