Buzz Garage: Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma Concept made its original debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show on January 14th, 2008. A year later, Fisker Automotive revealed the production version of its first plug-in hybrid vehicle at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Deliveries of the first Karmas are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009 through the Fisker Automotive Retail network.

Power for the 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid sedan comes from a plug-in hybrid powertrain developed by Quantum Technologies. Known as the Q-DRIVE, the system consists of a two 201-hp electric motors that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. That allows the 2010 Karma to travel up to 50 miles without the use of any gasoline. A generator attached to a 260-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec direct injection gasoline engine by General Motors provides an extended range of up to 300 miles in Sport Mode. A fully charged Karma can achieve more than 100 miles per gallon. The 2010 Karma, which can produce up to 956 lb-ft of torque, goes from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.

The Karma is all about sustainability – even on the inside. Buyers can choose from three trim levels including: EcoBase, EcoSport and EcoChic. The EcoSpot series incorporates a hand-wrapped premium leather using 100 percent sustainable manufacturing. The most advanced sustainable material series, EcoChic, is based on an animal-free approach with leather being replaced by 100 percent Bamboo Viscose. Interior features include a 10.2-inch touch sensitive screen controlling HVAC, audio and other vehicle systems. The LCD gauges behind the steering wheels display critical information like battery charge and vehicle speed.

Production of the Karma will be taken care of by Valmet Automotive of Finland. Fisker Automotive says that the first 99 examples will match the exterior and interior of the Karma prototype seen at the 2008 NAIAS. Each unit will feature a personalized plaque with a serial number and signature from Henrik Fisker.

Pricing for the 2010 Hybrid Karma sedan starts at $87,900 ($80,400 after US government tax credits). Fisker Automotive plans on producing 15,000 units of the Karma annually in its first full-year of production.

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Posts on the 2010 Fisker Karma:

05-18-2009: Video: Fisker Karma shows off some track action
05-13-2009: Fisker working on third Karma variant, planning high-volume model
04-07-2009: Fisker secures an additional $85 million to build the Karma
03-24-2009: Fisker confirms 32 dealers in the U.S. to sell the Karma plug-in hybrid
02-24-2009: Fisker accepting orders for Karma S hard-top convertible
02-04-2009: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell looking for a Fisker Karma?
01-24-2009: Fisker looking for 40 U.S. dealers to sell the 2010 Karma
01-16-2009: Poll: Would you go for the Fisker Karma or the Tesla Roadster?
01-12-2009: Detroit NAIAS 2009: Fisker Karma S Concept Revealed
01-12-2009: Detroit NAIAS 2009: 2010 Fisker Karma Hybrid Sedan Revealed
12-04-2008: Front view of the 2009 Fisker Karma Hybrid
12-02-2008: 2010 Fisker Karma: Production model to be unveiled in Detroit
11-24-2008: Fisker picks GM”s 260-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder for Karma Hybrid
09-09-2008: Fisker raises $65 million to build the Karma hybrid sedan


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