Fisker Karma – Click above for high-res image gallery
If you've been to a major auto show in North America in the last two years, there is a good chance that you have already seen the Fisker Karma. If not, Fisker Automotive is about to give many more people across the country the opportunity to see it up close.
The Karma will be making stops at 42 dealers around the United States and Canada between April 27 and July 5. Unfortunately Fisker isn't offering any ride or drive opportunities just yet. If a gorgeous and fast sedan with 50 miles of electric driving range (300-mile total range) sounds like something that might be appealing to you, check out the tour schedule after the jump and head out to take a look. Fisker's current production schedule has customer deliveries starting in early 2011 with a base price of $87,000. A more affordable model using the same basic technology should arrive in 2013.
[Source: Fisker Automotive]
FISKER AUTOMOTIVE LAUNCHES NORTH AMERICAN RETAIL TOUR
Karma premium plug-in hybrid to make first visit to new Fisker retailers
IRVINE, CA – April 15, 2010: American green-car maker Fisker Automotive will be launching a North American tour to introduce the stylish Karma premium plug-in hybrid to local markets, and support the company's new retail network.
Scheduled to kick off Tuesday, April 27 from the company's Irvine, California headquarters, the two-month program will stop in 42 cities in 26 states and three Canadian provinces. An intended schedule can be found below and online in the News section of www.fiskerautomotive.com
"This tour provides local retailers the opportunity to introduce the beautifully styled and environmentally friendly Karma to their customers and potential prospects," said Marti Eulberg, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Fisker Automotive. "Fisker Automotive has established a network of proven retailers that will deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction."
About Fisker Karma
The Fisker Karma is the world's first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It combines world-class luxury and sports car-like performance with industry-leading economy and zero tailpipe emissions. The four-seat sedan was designed by Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker, who also designed the Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8, both of which were featured in James Bond movies.
With 403hp it can reach 60mph in six seconds and a top speed of 125mph, yet it can achieve more than 100mpg on an annual basis. The Karma has a total range of 300 miles, 50 of which are electric-only and powered by a Lithium-ion battery from A123 Systems, which can be fully recharged in as little as eight hours.
Distinctive, stylish and green, the Karma is priced competitively within its segment and appeals to eco-friendly customers who don't want to compromise their passion for driving.
Fisker Automotive created the premium plug-in hybrid segment when it introduced the Karma at the 2008 North American International Auto Show as a concept. Initial customer deliveries are expected to begin first quarter 2011.
In September 2009 Fisker Automotive was approved for a conditional Department of Energy loan of $528.7 million, which will go toward the development of a line of lower-priced plug-in hybrids as well as the purchase of a former GM assembly plant in Wilmington, Delaware. The company expects to create up to 5,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs in the coming years.
Intended Fisker Karma North American Retail Tour Schedule
(check with local retailers for exact times and dates)
4/27 Irvine, CA -- Depart Fisker Automotive
4/28 Las Vegas, NV – Gaudin Automotive
5/1 San Antonio, TX – Barrett Holdings
5/3 Austin, TX – Roger Beasley Highline Group
5/4 Houston, TX – McDavid Auto Group
5/5 Fort Worth, TX – Frank Kent Motor Co.
5/6 Plano, TX – McDavid Auto Group
5/7 Tulsa, OK – Don Thornton Cadillac
5/10 Huntsville, AL – Century Automotive Group
5/11 Atlanta, GA – Classic Cadillac
5/13 Tampa Bay, FL – Elder Automotive Group
5/14 West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach Motor Cars
5/15 Miami, FL – Warren Henry Automobiles
5/17 Orlando, FL – Fields Auto Group
5/19 Winston Salem, NC – Flow Companies
5/20 Greenbelt, MD – Capitol Cadillac
5/21 Fairfax, VA – Ted Britt Auto Group
5/22 Wilmington, DE – Union Park Automotive
5/24 Langhorne, PA – H.A. Ott Motor Cars
5/25 Paramus, NJ – Bergen Jaguar
5/26 Great Neck, NY – Jaguar Great Neck
5/27 Greenwich, CT – Miller Motor Cars
5/28 Norwood, MA – Jake Kaplan's Ltd.
6/1 North Olmsted, OH – M2 Motors, Inc.
6/2 Grand Blanc, MI – Serra Automotive
6/3 Toronto, ON – Dilawri Group
6/7 Glencoe, IL – Fields Auto Group
6/8 Schaumburg, IL – Patrick Dealer Group
6/9 Neenah, WI – Bergstrom Corp.
6/10 Minneapolis, MN – Borton Automotive
6/12 Saint Louis, MO – Plaza Motor Group
6/15 Denver, CO – Rickenbaugh
6/18 Calgary, AB – Dilawri Group
6/21 Centerville, UT – Hadley Auto Company
6/24 Vancouver, BC – Fields Auto Group
6/25 Bellevue, WA – O'Brien Auto Group
6/26 Portland, OR – Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships
6/27 Marin, CA – Price Family Dealerships
6/28 Sacramento, CA – Price Family Dealerships
6/29 Silicon Valley, CA – Price Family Dealerships
6/30 Santa Monica, CA – Sullivan Luxury Cars
7/3 Irvine, CA, Orange – Shelly Automotive Group
7/5 San Diego, CA – Marvin K. Brown Auto Group