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Pigs Fly: Top Gear Names Fisker Karma It's Car Of The Year

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On: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 12:39PM | By: Chris Weiss

Pigs Fly: Top Gear Names Fisker Karma It's Car Of The Year

Well here's a little piece of left field debris: Top Gear Magazine has named the 2012 Fisker Karma its Luxury Car of the Year. For Karma that's some great news in a year that's brought mostly bad news. For Top Gear, it's an odd, head-scratching move that leaves us wondering.

Had any other magazine chosen the Fisker Karma, we would have understood, but the Top Gear franchise has a history of outright torturing and skewering electric cars of all kinds. Just refer to the pending Tesla v. Top Gear lawsuit for proof. They didn't go easy on the Nissan Leaf, either.

Of course, the Top Gear television show and Top Gear Magazine are two separate entities, and the magazine isn't the part known for its abuse of EVs. However, Top Gear television host James May selected the Fisker as his "Car of the Year." Even more surprising.

Combine Top Gear's embattled history with electric cars and the fact that the Fisker Karma isn't even impressing green car lovers given its recent EPA debacle, and you have to wonder how Top Gear came to this unlikely pick.

Top Gear Magazine editor Charlie Turner explains the pick: "Cleverness abounds in the Fisker and adds to the air of intelligent luxury. It works well, it looks good and it must be a genuinely exciting thing to own. It’s the top-of-the-line spec that features no leather, just textiles and reclaimed wood. And it’s more convincing than it sounds, managing to look, feel and smell premium without any cow peel in it at all."

Perhaps, as Green Car Reports suggests, Top Gear is sticking it to Tesla--one of Fisker's biggest competitors--in response to Tesla's dwindling lawsuit. That seems more logical than eco-leather and reclaimed wood, if you ask me.



Stephy21 | 10:17AM (Mon, Dec 12, 2011)

Wow i haven't heard of the car or magazine, but i guess its not such a good thing than.


dwalter | 2:17PM (Tue, Dec 13, 2011)

I'd love to hear Jeremy's opinion of the Karma

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