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Fisker Karma  (Source: Motor Authority)

The Fisker Karma makes an appearance in California.   (Source: Ethermax)
Apparently Fisker has several new models planned...

Fox News' previous commentary about Fisker Automotive may have been a bit skewed and inaccurate (Fox show hosts tried to claim Fisker was not a U.S. firm -- blatantly wrong), but Fox's latest take of Fisker is not only much more accurate, but also caught a humorous and significant gaff.  Apparently Vice President Joe Biden accidentally revealed Fisker's entire upcoming lineup -- including unannounced vehicles that Fisker indicates it wasn't exactly planning to reveal quite yet.

VP Biden tipped Fisker's hand at the official announcement ceremony for Fisker's new Delaware plant, an old GM factory which was shut down and sold through GM's bankruptcy holding.  Speaking to reporters, Fox News notes that Biden said, "Imagine when this factory, when the floor we’re standing on right now is making 100,000 plug-in hybrid sedans, coupes and crossovers every single year."

The only problem was that the coupes and crossovers were supposed to be a surprise announcement for a later date.  However, good secrets seldom seem to be able to be kept and the Vice President unwittingly let the cat out of the bag.  Interviewed after the announcement, company founder and CEO Henrik Fisker commented, "[Laughter] He definitely told what our product plans are."

Aside from the leak, plenty more juicy details were revealed officially in the interview session following the announcements.  Fisker revealed that the first vehicles to come from the plant will be the previously announced sedan, which is dubbed Nina.  Fisker is targeting a price of
$40,000 for the vehicle after state and federal tax credits are taken into account, similar to the expected sticker for the 2011 Chevy Volt.  Production will start in 2012, and the vehicle will recycle the sporty powertrain from Fisker's flagship electric sports sedan, Karma.

Reportedly, the stylings of the Nina, named after the ship Christopher Columbus used in his triumphant return to Europe, are very attractive for a mass-market EV.  Government officials were briefed on the design and apparently were impressed, something that helped them reach the decision to grant the company a $528.7M USD DOE loan to buy and retool the shuttered plant.

Describes Mr. Fisker, "
It’s going to have a very exciting radical design.  We actually just showed it to the vice president of the United States of America and he said ‘it looks like a four-door Ferrari, I can’t believe it’s only going to be $40,000.’" 

The Karma will begin production next year at Valmet in Finland and will be imported into the U.S. and sold for approximately $80,000 after tax credits.  Then in 2016 a second generation Karma will be launched, and production will shift to the retooled Delaware plant, according to Mr. Fisker.  Mr. Fisker confirmed that the first generation Karma will get 67 mpg and travel 50 miles in all-electric mode.  He says some drivers will be able to reach 100 mpg or more, depending on how they drive.

Mr. Fisker also revealed that the Karma will feature "stealth" and "sport" modes which allow the user to manually switch on or off the gas engine for more performance, something not known to be offered in the Chevy Volt.  Even once the battery is depleted, Mr. Fisker states that the gas engine is almost equally efficient at delivering power to the electric motors as the battery system.

A prototype Karma was glimpsed at the
California's Laguna Seca raceway, running laps.  That has been the vehicle's only live appearance so far, outside of auto shows.  No journalist has yet taken the intriguing electric sports sedan out for a spin -- yet.


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RE: Hey Joe, who killd JFK?
By MamiyaOtaru on 10/31/2009 4:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Hey Joe, who killd JFK?
By Fallen Kell on 11/1/2009 12:17:48 PM , Rating: 2
Every quote after 2001 was made from bad and fabricated information that was fed to the House and Senate. That fact has already been proven time and again. Of course if I was going off the "evidence" which was showed, I would have supported the action in Iraq as well. We are talking about one of the ONLY powers in the world to use chemical and biological warfare since it was recognized in World War I as an extremely cruel method of warfare which indiscriminately attacks innocent civilians (possibly more-so as the military personnel are at least given basic protective measures like chemical suits, and gas masks).

As a result of Saddam's known past use of chemical and biological agents during his war with Iran in the 1980's, you could only conclude that he would use them again in the future. Then all that is needed is to fabricate evidence that he is creating and stock-piling these types of weapons in order to get support to attack, which was done by President Bush and/or his advisers and/or intelligence agencies who had their own agendas which they were playing out. All of it may simply have been a stunt to get more funding for an agency or program.

I can easily see an intelligence group filtering their current findings to say that they do not know if he has WMD's, but has a known capability for producing them. Or to say that they believe that he may have WMDs, and do not know what or how many, but if you give us more funding we could find out... Then when that simple power play for funding exploded into a call for war, it was too late to change the intelligence report, as everyone involved in it would have been fired, and jailed. Thus you have the mess we are still in now, only that we now at least know that the "evidence" was fabricated.


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