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The Fisker Karma Goes on Retail Tour

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On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 5:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The Fisker Karma Goes on Retail Tour

Fisker is an ambitious new automaker we have been hearing a lot about in car news today; he plans to launch the first luxury high-performance, electric plug-in hybrid, known as the “Karma”.

Henrik Fisker has a long track record of designing first class automobiles, including some of the most desirable cars ever made, such as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 (both featured in James Bond movies), and more.

Fisker strives to keep the spirit of car, such as the Aston Martin, alive and "to deliver a beautiful car that makes environmental sense, proving that environmentally friendly hybrid cars don’t have to be bland in design." The goal was to create a green car that delivers the "ECO-CHIC factor – an environmentally friendly car with a futuristic design, delivering a car with striking proportion and all without compromise."

Among the Karma’s innovative features there is a solar roof which actually functions to assist in recharging the batteries, as well as running the climate-control system.

According to Fisker Automotive: "Fisker Karma buyers will choose from three trim levels: EcoBase™, EcoSport™ and EcoChic™. The most advanced sustainable material series, EcoChic™, is based on an animal-free approach that still offers a luxurious environment. Leather is replaced by 100% Bamboo Viscose, a soft hand textile, while EcoGlass™ trim frames authentic fossilized leaves. Karma's EcoSport™ series incorporates hand-wrapped premium leather using a 100% sustainable manufacturing strategy, which minimizes the number of hides required and highlights natural markings."

The Karma actually has two driving modes. The first mode is Stealth Drive, which is the economy mode, designed for fuel efficient everyday driving. By flipping the second paddle behind the steering wheel, the mode will switch to Sports Drive, which will allow the vehicle access to full power (which, of course, is not as economical on gas).

The Fisker Karma is wide and low. It delivers remarkable proportions for a four-door sports sedan with technology similar to the Chevy Volt, only with a much more expensive look and sleeker design.

The Karma has a 50-mile range on the all-electric rechargeable-battery power. When the battery runs out, the Karma's Q Drive system kicks in with a turbocharged two-liter, four-cylinder engine that acts as a generator to supply the electric motor with power, allowing the vehicle to travel an additional 250 miles. Performance is claimed to be “comparable to the best luxury sports sedans on the market today.” Two electric drive motors combine to generate 400 horsepower, with the ability to travel from 0-to-60-mph in less than 6 seconds, and a top speed of 125 miles per hour. Total fuel economy is 67 MPG; it’s not surprising that Al Gore is one of the 1,000 car buyers on the waiting list for a Fisker Karma!

Fisker announced plans to take the Karma on a national “retail tour” beginning April 27

The list price is a mere $87,900.

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imwithcoco | 2:35AM (Thu, Apr 29, 2010)

What an amazing car. Fisker expects annual production to reach 15,000 within two years of launch. This vehicle also qualifies for the $7,500 tax credit.

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