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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.

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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 way of useable trunk space. That's what prompted Fisker to showcase the Surf concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.

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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 way of useable trunk space. That's what prompted Fisker to showcase the Surf concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.

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Fisker Karma preview party – Click above to watch video after the jump

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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

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If there was any doubt that Fisker Automotive is keenly interested in attracting buyers from the luxury car sector – and, no, there really wasn't any doubt – today's announcement that the company has hired the former president and CEO of Maserati North America should put any lingering questions to rest.

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If there was any doubt that Fisker Automotive is keenly interested in attracting buyers from the luxury car sector – and, no, there really wasn't any doubt – today's announcement that the company has hired the former president and CEO of Maserati North America should put any lingering wonder to rest.

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Fisker Karma - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Fisker Karma - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Fisker Karma Sunset Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Fisker Karma Sunset, Cadillac Converj and VW BlueSport Roadster Win

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Fisker Karma – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Fisker Karma

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Click above for high-res gallery of the Fisker Karma S

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Click above for high-res gallery of the Fisker Karma S

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Click above for high-res image gallery of the Fisker Karma S

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Click above to enlarge the Fisker Karma

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We're all jazzed up to see what the Fisker Karma S will look like when Henrik yanks the cover off it at Cobo, and we wonder how close KorsDesign has come. To us, the speculative rendering looks an awful lot like a BMW Z8 that's been poked and prodded by a pixel jockey, but Fisker did draw that car, so a strong resemblance wouldn't be entirely far-fetched. Thanks for the tip, Neil!

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