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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: What's the point?
By Solandri on 7/17/2008 3:47:18 PM , Rating: 4
Right. Too many people poo-poo the rich early adopters for "splurging" with their money on "toys", not realizing it's that early cash influx which makes later wide-scale low-cost production possible.


RE: What's the point?
By rudy on 7/20/2008 12:37:53 PM , Rating: 2
True plus electric cars can be made to accelerate faster then gas powered cars. Which makes it cool, also the simple fact it is a new car with a new drive system in will mean that many will be interested in buying it for the wow appeal which is what people buy sports cars for any way right? Sitting around talking to the chicks about the old BMW will not be as cool as telling them your ride is not only fast but green. You are sure to get laid.


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