• Jan 29, 2008

We were captivated by the Karma plug-in hybrid when it was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month. Its curvaceous, aggressive design combined with its ability to go 50 miles without using any gas seems like a bargain at the projected starting price of $80,000. Fisker is hoping to deliver its first Karma to customers in the fourth quarter of 2009, but to do that they will first need to find a place to build the cars (and get the drivetrain sorted and figure out that batteries and...). Vic Doolan, director of retail development for Fisker, says the company is considering metro Detroit to handle production. The combination of unused capacity, close proximity of suppliers, and availability of experienced workers make Detroit an ideal location.

Those interested in the Karma and unconcerned about the vaporware accusations can pre-order one with a $1000 deposit, although the Signature Edition vehicles (the first 99 that will have the same features and color as the show car as well as a numbered and signed plaque), are all sold out. Customers who haven't ordered yet can expect a delivery date in mid-2010.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting in a sorta '58 Buick kinda way...
      Michael
      • 6 Years Ago
      the 2020 Buick Park Ave
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why doesn't Fisker use Toyota/Lexus hybrid vehicles that have been tested and are known to be successful and reskin the cars as they do with their other vehicles (BMW 6-series and MB SL-class)?
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        because to reskin the very expensive Lexus Hybrid flagship the costs would be astronomical (the neighborhood $200k I bet) It is so much cheaper to build the car than to reskin it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      See it in person and some of you guys might change your mind. It's really beautiful...
      • 6 Years Ago
      * "customer has 48 hrs to complete all documentation"

      "Et tu, Brute?"

      Is it just me, or is it Bad Karma?

      Henrik, sorry em, Mr. Fisker, don't you think you are being a bit mmm, how shall we say, a bit 'Harsh'?

      I would seriously reconsider the wording of this pre-contract if I were you. I can just wait to see whats in store for the FINAL CONTRACT?!

      'You have 59 seconds to come up with the remaining fees + ensure they are deposited into my bank account regardless of SWIFT + trans border wire transers.

      This vehicle comes without ANY guaranties or waranties, express or implied!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok so i have 2 years to come up with $80,000 to spend on a car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smilin' faces, smilin' braces..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I truly think manufacturer's should look to the east coast of Canada to build car's there is an abundance of laborers and cost would be low. Detroit is a trouble place for a reason.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah detroit is trouble. just ask toyota. their largest operation in NA is in the detroit area, and that company is just goin down the shitter!

        but seriously, detroit isn't a bad choice. it provides a convenient location for dealing with numerous suppliers. and with the poor economy in michigan, facilities will be cheap and fisker can probably count on getting some tax breaks to encourage them to build there. and the american dollar is weaker than the canadian. i don't see one thing eastern canada has going for it over detroit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but this car gives a new meaning to the term "mustache ride"...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen it person and it looks like a Chinese car design but with better quality. There were two at the NAIAS, one on the main floor across from Mercedes and one across from the DUB display in the basement. In my opinion both should have been in the basement because alot of people who were veiwing the car thought it was strange looking of not ugly. Some even thought it WAS Chinese.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that the grill ruins the front of the car. It looks so goofy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, the grill is strange. The rest of the car looks great. I hope they can build it and deliver all they promise.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could somebody please photoshop a picture of the cheshire cat and the joker driving in this car.The grill says it all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i was thinking it is more like the guy in V for Vendetta.
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