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Fisker Karma
Fisker Automotive's Karma dazzles in Detroit

DailyTech first brought you details on Fisker Automotive's Hybrid Premium Sports Sedan (HPSS) in late October. The hybrid four-door generated a lot of interest around the web for its sleek design and claimed fuel economy.

The North American International Auto Show, which is currently taking place in Detroit, is the staging ground for more information on Fisker's gorgeous concept. The HPSS is now known as the Karma. Fisker also revealed that the Karma's propulsion system will work similarly to the Chevrolet Volt.

In addition to being a plug-in hybrid, the Karma uses a small internal combustion engine (ICE) to recharge a lithium-ion battery pack -- the ICE provides no forward momentum. The Karma can travel 50 miles on battery power alone before the ICE kicks in.

Fisker says that the powerful electric motors used in its Karma are good enough to propel the Karma to 60 MPH within 5.8 seconds. Top speed is a lofty 125 MPH.

"The car we're showing in Detroit is not your usual show car," said Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive. "It's actually a preview of the production car you can buy."

According to the Wall Street Journal, Fisker Automotive has the backing of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers -- the firm has backed famous companies like Google and "We have all the capital we need to move forward according to the plan," said Fisker. "We're still going to raise money later in the year, but we don't see that as a big issue."

The Fisker Karma will be priced at $80,000 and the company envisions sales of 15,000 units per year. Expect deliveries of the Karma to begin in late 2009 or early 2010.

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RE: this
By jhinoz on 1/14/2008 10:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
An Excel at 125 mph ? 200 kmh ? Maybe downhill with a tail wind if you can find a long enough hill. I take your point that US$ 80K will get you a lot faster than 125 but that's not the point of the car. If you don't like it, don't buy it and go find a street machine blog.

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By hubajube on 1/15/2008 12:52:29 AM , Rating: 2
If you don't like it, don't buy it and go find a street machine blog.
I nor anyone else for that matter will be buying this car. Who wants to take bets that it'll never get produced?

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By jhinoz on 1/15/2008 1:17:35 AM , Rating: 2
I think it will get produced and there is a market for it, albeit a very small market at this point in time. Look at the sales target
and the company envisions sales of 15,000 units per year.

Now i'm not familiar with the size of the American car market, but the Australian car market is roughly 1,000,000 units per year, so this would account for 1.5% total sales in just Australia. So if you take the US or world market, the percentage of total sales would be minute, and i think acheivable.

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