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Fisker Karma
Karma hybrid sports sedan will be built by Valmet Automotive

Fisker Automotive announced that it is teaming up with Valmet Automotive in Finland to build its plug-in Karma hybrid sports sedan. Valmet has experience with sports cars; Motor Trend

reports that Fisker is the manufacturer for several Porsche models including the Cayman and Boxster.

Fisker Automotive says that the Karma will have an all electric range of 50 miles and that its full range will be 350 miles. Over its entire gasoline assisted 350 mile range, Fisker claims that the Karma can achieve a fuel economy rating of 100 MPG.

The Karma is a high-end hybrid sedan and Fisker expects to sell 15,000 of the cars annually, with more than half of the sales coming from Europe. That makes a European manufacturer for the Karma a good fit. Fisker does say that it has an American manufacturing facility it plans to use for future models.

Much like the Tesla Roadster that went into production in March, the Karma is an attractive hybrid with performance roots. Fisker says that the Karma can reach a top speed of 125 mph and can hit 60 mph in under six seconds.

Motor Trend says that it is estimated that 800 orders for the Karma have already been placed overseas and that 44 distributors have signed up here in America to sell the car. The Karma is expected to hit dealerships in America in Q4 2009 as a 2010 model and be available in Europe in early 2010.

DailyTech reported in January 2008 that the price for the Karma will be $80,000.

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RE: Well if you can't get a cheap hybrid....
By FITCamaro on 7/17/2008 2:57:03 PM , Rating: 2
Well at least all the rich people out there who can actually afford an $80,000 car can feel better about themselves when they're not driving their Hummer.

RE: Well if you can't get a cheap hybrid....
By dsx724 on 7/17/2008 3:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yet, those same people would never be caught dead in a $40,000 Hummer. More like a 7 series. Its too easy to blame the rich for all the world's problems.

By eyebeeemmpawn on 7/17/2008 4:05:10 PM , Rating: 3
Pretty sure meant a real hummer.

"In 2006,the suggested retail price was $129,399.00 for the open-top; the wagon was $140,796.00." -wikipedia

RE: Well if you can't get a cheap hybrid....
By headbox on 7/17/2008 3:50:15 PM , Rating: 5
Most people I've seen driving Hummers are middle-class people living beyond their means. They have expensive SUVs while renting an apartment. That's LA.

By Polynikes on 7/17/2008 4:03:30 PM , Rating: 5
That's everywhere.

By Mutz1243 on 7/24/2008 4:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
At least they aren't driving around in Hummers, Benzs, BMWs, etc., and living in homeless shelters.

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