Fisker Automotive announces Fisker Italia, still plans on delivering Karma in '09

Although it's obvious that Fisker has a long-ways to go when it comes to moving their Karma PHEV sedan from its current conceptual stage to its hopeful production stage, Fisker has reportedly set up its first European importer: Fisker Italia. Currently, this means next to nothing, but Fisker execs say that they expect to export more than half of their cars if and when the Karma does actually go into production, so Italian fans of the sleek electric sedan can now start saving up their pennies for a hopeful debut in 2010.

Fisker continues pointing to the fourth-quarter of '09 for North American deliveries of the Karma and add that they have "received great interest from 44 North American markets in which it hopes to have retail representation." We'll just take that for what its worth and remain hopeful that Fisker is able to pull this off.

Press Release:

Premium American Green Car Company Announces Appointment of Fisker Italia and Planned Export Production

IRVINE, Calif., April 10 -- Fisker Automotive, Inc., a green American premium car company, today announced Fisker Italia as its first International importer. With plans to allocate more than 50 percent of its production to overseas sales, Fisker Automotive is poised to become a leading exporter of premium U.S. automobiles. Additionally, Fisker Automotive, maker of the first of its kind plug-in hybrid premium sports sedan, further announced it has received great interest from 44 North American markets in which it hopes to have retail representation.

"We are thrilled at the interest Fisker Automotive is receiving in North America and particularly abroad," said Fisker Automotive Board Member and Director of Retail Development, Vic Doolan. "Fisker Italia is an elite international importer, and they demonstrate the resounding demand for 'style without sacrifice' we are receiving in both North American retail markets and abroad."

Initial domestic deliveries of Fisker Automotive's first car, the Karma, will commence in the 4th quarter of 2009 in North America with planned delivery to Europe in 2010. Fisker Automotive's annual production is projected to reach 15,000 cars, with more than half of sales expected to be overseas.

"We at Fisker Italia believe in the philosophy, management team and vehicles that Fisker Automotive has put together," said Franco Pizzuto, CEO Fisker Italia. "We are honored to be the first European dealer announced in this very important movement."

[Source: Fisker]

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