Green Car Reports has received confirmation from Fisker Automotive that they will not be participating at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show despite the supposed spring arrival of the Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in the United States. The company's next scheduled appearance will be at the Geneva Motor Show in March. According to company spokesman Russell Datz, Fisker skipping out on Detroit should not necessarily be perceived as a sign of trouble or more delays. He said production is still "scheduled for
Fisker Karma Hybrid
Production of the Fisker Karma's solar roof, made by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc along with Asola of Germany, is due to begin in early 2011. This solar roof will set the record for "largest continuous and most highly curved solar roof in a passenger car application." Additionally, the solar roof of the Karma one-ups that of the Toyota Prius by not only allowing the solar panels to cool down the interior, but also to lightly charge the battery for an estimated 4-5 miles of ad
We were hoping our friend Jim Motavalli had dug up a gem when he wrote at BNET that Fisker Automotive would be providing "test cars to journalists as early as October." We tried to get confirmation, but Fisker spokesman Russel Datz crushed our hopes by saying, "We haven't announced anything." Still, these drives will need to come soon, especially if Fisker wants to hit the sales targets Datz gave Motavalli during his visit to Fisker HQ in Irvine, CA.
Our eyes bulged as the newswire blazed with this hot story. To our disbelief, Fisker of Orange County just unveiled the Karma, the world's first eco-chic, eco-friendly luxury performance car. The vehicle was "successfully revealed" and "so many excited spectators" took part in this "spectacular event," yet we weren't invited to attend. Okay, perhaps a bit of the info was shuffled around to make the intro to this article a little more sarcastic, but seriously, the announcement from Fisker of Oran
The Fisker Karma has completed its tour across the U.S. and surprisingly, it made the entire trip without either the buying public nor journalists getting behind the wheel for even a single moment. As The Detroit News reports and we concur, the Karma has been delayed once again and is now scheduled to begin rolling off the assembly line in eight months with the debut slated for mid-2011 (well, maybe). Anyways, we find it odd that nobody outside of the company has had any real seat time in the Ka