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First Drive: 2012 Fisker Karma

Hollywood, Your Plug-In Hybrid Electric Has Arrived Business partners Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler are visibly on edge. While they want to dedicate every ounce of their focus on this all-important launch of their first baby, the 2012 Fisker Karma, their attentions are being constantly pulled away from it by big conference calls regarding the money and logistics of launching the whole Fisker Automotive franchise. Are they really and truly answering a $95,900-$108,900 question with this bold effort that enough people are asking? It's clear they just want us to fall in love with... Read More

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    Will Bob Lutz's VL Automotive really offer V8 conversions for Tesla Model S?
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    VL Automotive is closely tied up with Fisker. The company's first product, the Destino, is a converted Karma and the Destino Red Concept, just unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, is the same hardtop Karma convertible that Fisker showed in 2009. So, what a surprise it was to see that Bob Lutz, who owns half of VL Automotive, is ready to convert a brand new ...

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    Teased: VL Automotive hints at Fisker-based Destino convertible for Detroit
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    Last year around this time, we were prepping to see the first iteration of the VL Destino; a Fisker Karma with a Corvette ZR1 heart transplant. Now, with the 2014 Detroit Auto Show looming just over the horizon, there are fresh hints that the Destino is due for a sequel. VL Automotive – co-founded by Gilbert Villarreal and Bob Lutz – has ...

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    Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting "soon"
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    Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan to sell green cars around the world. He wasn't all sunshine ...

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    Detroit: Bob Lutz brings Destino, a ZR1-powered Karma, to Detroit
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    There's nothing wrong with the Fisker Karma that a honkin' American V8 engine won't fix. At least according to Bob Lutz, it seems. Called the VL Automotive Destino, this machine is the brainchild of industrialist Gilbert Villereal and the aforementioned Lutz, and is intended to compete with such well-regarded performance sedans as the Porsche Panamera and ...

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    SEMA: Fisker Karma and 3M at SEMA, that's a wrap
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    Electric carmaker Fisker has partnered with car-wrapping specialists 3M for an interesting demonstration of what could be at this year's SEMA festivities. As we reported in greater detail earlier, the folks from 3M are wrapping up the Karma in a few fairly wild shades and stripe packages, to have a little fun with the already drop-dead gorgeous ...

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    Official: Even Fisker is attending SEMA with some custom Karmas
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    The Fisker Karma is again going where no pricey, Finnish-built, extended-range electric hybrid sedan has gone before: SEMA. Since the Karma just about touches the ground as is, and already wears enormous wheels, the aftermarket mods – for this year at least – stick to exterior treatments. The two Karmas that will greet the Vegas audience have ...

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    Spy Shots: Fisker Nina caught peeking out before New York reveal
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    Who wants to wait until the official unveiling of the Fisker Nina plug-in hybrid next week when we can see spy shots right this second? Neither do we. So, what do the shots reveal? For starters, we can see that the Nina is indeed shorter than its Karma big brother. This is expected, but the impression we have is that the Karma's design language ...

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    Fisker reportedly seeks $100 million in funding by end of the month
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    Looks like Fisker Automotive's looking for its own range-extender. The California-based maker of the extended-range plug-in Karma luxury sedan, is looking to raise at least $100 million in funds by the end of this month in order to restart production of its Delaware plant, Bloomberg News reported, citing two people who declined to be identified. The ...

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    Report: Fisker to launch production Karma Surf wagon at Paris salon in September
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    Although the split front grille may not be to everyone's liking, by and large the overall shape of the Fisker Karma is what defines it as much as its hybrid propulsion system. The trouble is, packaging two powertrains into one lithe shape penned by the same designer behind the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and the BMW Z8 has left the Karma with little in the ...

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    Frankfurt: Fisker Surf concept is plug-in family-minded luxury
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    Combining performance, luxury, style, utility and economy with an enduring concern for the sustainable use of resources, the Fisker Surf is a treehugger's dream machine. That basically sums up the Fisker's station wagon, which was unveiled today at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Surf is Fisker's vision of a plug-in hybrid that slots in between a ...

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    Exclusive: Fisker Surf shooting brake wows Frankfurt Show
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    Ahead of its official unveiling at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Fisker Automotive bosses had us up to a studio in Munich for a thorough advance viewing and info download on their second model, a shooting brake called Surf. The first words out of our mouth was, "The shape is a bit like a Ferrari FF." First thing out of their mouth – as though they ...

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    Report: Fisker bringing Karma shooting brake to Frankfurt
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    Look at the Fisker Karma from most angles, and you're bound to be taken by its svelte lines and sumptuous curves. Less so, one might argue, with the split grille that dominates the nose. But that's not the part that celebrated designer Henrik Fisker and his team are reportedly tweaking for the Frankfurt Motor Show. It's the tail. According to the UK's ...

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    Paris 2010: First factory-built Fisker Karma hits the stage
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    It takes a keen eye to notice that the first factory-built Fisker Karma differs in any way from the concept version. Still, anyone who gazes long enough may spot the differentiates. Staying true to its concept form, the factory-built Karma plug-in hybrid that hit the stage at the Paris Motor Show retains the concept's massive 22-inch wheels, sensuous ...

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    Paris 2010: First factory-built Fisker Karma hits the stage
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    Staying true to its concept form, the factory-built Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid that hit the stage at the Paris Motor Show retains the concept's massive 22-inch wheels (Fisker says it'll be the first production car equipped with standard 22s), sensuous styling, 403-plus horsepower rating and the company's promise of achieving 100-plus miles per gallon in ...

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    Paris Preview: Fisker will show off first "factory-built" Karma plug-in hybrid
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    Fisker Automotive is taking it slow, but the upstart automaker hopes that an attractive lady or two will take your mind off of the production delays until the Paris Motor Show starts later this month. Why Paris? Because that's where the first "factory-built Karma" will be displayed in public for the first time. Also in Paris, Fisker representatives will ...

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    Paris Preview: Fisker will show off first "factory-built" Karma plug-in hybrid
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    Fisker Automotive is taking it slow (it being the actual delivery of the Karma plug-in hybrid), but the new automaker hopes that an attractive lady or two will take your mind off of the production delays until the Paris Motor Show starts later this month. Why Paris? Because that's where the first "factory-built Karma" will be displayed for the first ...

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    Video: Fisker dealer says Karma test drives and ordering start in November
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    When Fisker received $189 million in funding, the company gave a production target date for its long-awaited Karma of February of 2011. That release date has been delayed more than once, so Fisker held a second coming-out party at its Santa Monica dealership to stoke the fires, during which dealer principal Mike Sullivan began to color in some details of ...

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    Fisker Karma's aluminum space frame digitally revealed
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    Fisker Automotive has finally taken the digital wraps off the advanced aluminum space frame around which the Karma plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will be built. In lieu of enjoying a new concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Fisker fans will have to make due with this peek at the bones of the Karma, the part that gives the luxury car its "new levels ...

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    Geneva Preview: Fisker Karma's aluminum space frame digitally revealed
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    Fisker Automotive has finally taken the digital wraps off of the advanced aluminum space frame that the Karma plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will be built around. In lieu of enjoying a new concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show this week, Fisker fans will have to make due with this peek at the bones of the Karma, the part that gives the luxury car its "new ...

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    Geneva Preview: Fisker Karma's "advanced aluminum space frame"
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    At the Chicago Auto Show last week, Fisker Automotive brought along the Karma Sunset with a new black exterior we hadn't seen before. For the Geneva Motor Show the automaker is going in the other direction and will be showing off the "advanced aluminum space frame" that underpins the Karma and gives the plug-in hybrid "new levels of rigidity and ...

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