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The Fisker Karma's official production date is set for March 21st. Yeah. That's right. Fisker now claims that the luxury plug-in hybrid will roll off assembly lines in Finland near the tail end of March, with deliveries set to commence in April. So we're told.

The oft-delayed Karma missed its initial November 2009 launch, failed to hit the market in time for its September 2010 debut and was delayed again, slipping past its February 2011 production date. However, the buzz on the interwebs seems to indicate that Fisker may actually deliver on its promise this time around.

Fisker claims 3,000 eager buyers have forked over $5,000 to reserve the $95,900 Karma and still insists that it aims to sell 15,000 of them a year, but not in 2011. The Karma's delayed launched has forced Fisker to revise 2011 production numbers. The company now says that 1,500 Karmas will come charging off the assembly lines per month beginning in October. We're ready.


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[Source: Venture Beat]


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      electronx16
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a bit surprised about the ongoing tone of sceptisism about the Karma from contributors to this blog. Could that be the reason that the petrolheads from Autoblog got to testdrive this green vehicle and the good people of this green blog apparently didn't? Or did I miss ABG's review?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @electronx16
        Ah, my bad.

        The scepticism in this article is the same scepticism that is common on ABG for all manufacturers who talk about actually selling anything remotely green to the US market.

        It is an earned scepticism. From GM to BMW to Toyota to Fisker to whoever, there are lots of cool cars that just never happen at all, or never get sold in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @electronx16
        Don't confuse a few loud posters here with a lack of support overall from readers. We just get tired of telling them off. They fall into a couple of categories:

        1) Ex "Volt == Vaporware" folks who instead of admitting they were wrong, switched to saying "Karma == Vaporware".

        2) Righties/Teatards who hate GM and Tesla and Fisker because they got Gubbermint loans.

        3) People who keep forgetting that the entire world economy came grinding to a halt in 2008, and that it affected pretty much every company's plans on most every product manufactured everywhere in the world.

        These folks will never be happy with anything Fisker does, so you can pretty much just blow them off.

        (This is not to be confused with the other folks who get into actual design and usablility debates who just happen to want something different from an EV or REEV.)
        electronx16
        • 4 Years Ago
        @electronx16
        Eh.....I was actually referring to the tone of this article......
        • 4 Years Ago
        @electronx16
        You mean this article, which factually reports past delays, and mentions current production plans while the writer expresses justified positive anticipation? I feel the same way as the writer.

        I'm a huge Fisker fan, and I think this article is very fair. Not to mention the glowing review posted regarding the Karma previously.
      • 4 Years Ago
      should be interesting.
      do they have shops? or do they plan on pure internet sales?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love it that the Karma's supporters fail to point out that the car needs to use its gasoline engine whenever the driver switches on performance mode, regardless of battery charge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope after forking ove a hundred grand, y'all enjoy being Beta or aAlpha testers for bug-full underdeveloped autos.

      I am sure you will enjoy expereincing things that don't work, and other unexpected features like dying in the middle of traffic. Mysterious come anfd go glitches. etc.

      Chevy and Ford wil build more test vehicles than Karma will ever construct. And unlike the engineers operating on a test facility you get to do the testing on roads with other traffic, and without any engineering help,or mechanical help...

        • 4 Years Ago
        Fisker Karma prototypes have been undergoing continual testing and improvements for the past few years. Then, there's the fact that the Q-Drive system at the heart of the Karma has been tested and produced for the military for years prior to the Karma's development.

        http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/05/fisker-karma-pr.html

        The fact that *you* haven't heard about Karma and Q-Drive testing only illustrates your ignorance of the facts.

        I'm not saying the Karma will be perfect; certainly there may be some bugs and issues, as any new car can be expected to have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, seems like we woulda heard about a year of two of testing before selling.
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