2008 Fisker Premium Hybrid Sedan

Click the image above for a high-res pic of the Fisker Hybrid Sedan concept.

Henrik Fisker is a car designer. It's not his fault that his designs -- some of the finest -- have clothed some of the thirstiest (and beautiful) cars. But design is a portable endeavor, and Fisker has transferred his métier over to the frugal side of things. The car you see above is undeniably Fisker, with some Maserati Gran Turismo thrown into the mix up front and a healthy dose of Artega out back, gracefully sculpted sides in between. We like.

The sedan doesn't have a name yet, it's simply referred to as a premium sports sedan, and it's a plug-in hybrid. Engineered by ex-BMW man Thomas Fritz, the car's battery pack is in the middle of the car for better dynamics. Supposedly, it will have a 50-mile range running on electricity alone, and with a gas or diesel engine in place, the car can go 620 miles (though Fisker doesn't yet say how that system would work). Additionally, it will get 100 MPG, so the word goes. The car is being developed by Quantum Technologies.

Irony of ironies that a man associated with premium guzzlers could lead the way in premium green designs. Fisker's new baby will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. According to the company, it will go on sale in late 2009 with a price tag of $80,000. Follow the jump to read the full press release.

[Source: Fisker]


IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Technologies, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ:QTWW) and Fisker Coachbuild, LLC disclose continuing developments of the first production vehicle to come from Fisker Automotive, Inc. -- the green American premium car company. The four-door plug-in hybrid premium sports sedan will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January with a starting price of $80,000. Initial deliveries will commence in the 4th quarter of 2009 with annual production projected to reach 15,000 cars.

Each Fisker Automotive vehicle will feature an all-new from the ground up platform. Certification, testing and drive train development will be conducted by joint venture partner Quantum Technologies. Quantum has a proven track record of delivering technological advancements to clients such as Toyota, GM & NASA. This new chassis truly allows designer and CEO of Fisker Automotive, Henrik Fisker, the opportunity to create an amazingly proportioned four-door premium sports sedan.

"The sleek design accentuating the long hood is a direct result of our breakthrough chassis which carries the battery pack at the center of the vehicle between the two axles," explains Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive, Inc. "This positioning provides optimal vehicle driving dynamics, maximum safety, proportionate design as well as industry standard performance figures within this car class."

Performance details for the first car are impressive achieving 50 miles (80 kilometers) on a pure electric charge. Additionally, by further utilizing a gasoline or diesel engine offered by Fisker, one can extend the total range of their Fisker to more than 620 miles (1000 kilometers). The first Fisker will also deliver an extraordinary 100 miles per gallon -- performance figures that will ultimately help to reduce the need for the importation of foreign oil.

Further company developments include the appointment of ex-BMW engineer Thomas Fritz to ensure the continuation in the development of high quality Fisker Automotive vehicles. In Fritz's 19 year career in the auto industry, he has held prominent positions in the field of engineering for companies such as BMW, Ford & Magna. He has been involved in such projects as the current Range Rover, Rolls Royce, BMW Z8 and various Lincoln concept programs. Thomas will hold the position of Director of Engineering for Fisker Automotive.

Fisker Automotive has received initial funding from Palo Alto Investors of Palo Alto, CA USA.

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