Greenspan was right: the weak dollar is good for the American automakers. Designed by a Dutch automobile designer Henrik Fisker who is also responsible for the gorgeous BMW Z8 and the compact Artega GT sports cars, the new Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid enjoys an unprecedented for an emerging brand level of public and media attention. In fact, the interest is so high that the company plans to introduce the car to the European market, too, when the vehicle is ready.
In the States, sales of domestic cars are getting stronger and, right after Tesla Motor’s announcement on Tesla Roadster EV, Fisker Automotive confirmed that their new Fisker Karma PHEV four-seater will be shipped to Europe.
In the United States the Karma will be sold at a price of $80,000 so the Europeans may safely expect to pay at least €90,000 for the right to drive this premium sports sedan with a hybrid power-train and a futuristic-looking roof with an integrated solar panel.
The interior of this mighty beast still looks crude at best, but the vehicle is still in its prototyping phase, so there is still a small chance that the hideous multifunctional steering wheel, as well as the DIY-looking central tunnel will be swapped for something more bearable.
The details on Fisker Karma are still sketchy but the company’s management claims the car to take less than 6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h and reach the top speed of 200 km/h. Nothing special, indeed, but the vehicle is green, remember?
With a plan of building 15,000 Karmas a year, Fisker Automotive will start shipping the hybrids in Q4 2009. Half of the total production run will go to Europe.