2009 Fisker Karma to be produced by Valmet in Finland

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

The first cars will be coming out of the Valmet assembly lines beginning in the last quarter of 2009 with an expected production of 15,000 units in the initial year. Fifty percent of the vehicles will be marketed in North America and the remaining vehicles will stay in Europe.

It was in April when Fisker named its first European carrier, Fisker Italia, and earlier this month it selected a second carrier to handle sales in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

In an announcement made at the formalizing of the fresh agreement earlier today, Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker verified that there were plans in position to employ an American manufacturing location for future versions of the Fisker Karma.

The latest Karma is anticipated to have a price tag of $80,000 in the U.S. but will probably have a higher tag in Europe. If it will do well, Fisker in due course will surely launch a later model priced at half as much although such a vehicle is still away by several years.

With a total of 350 miles of total travel distance including 50 miles of electrically powered travel, the Fisker Karma with its exclusive Q-Drive powertrain designed by Quantum Technologies, will have the latent fuel efficiency mark in excess of 100mpg (2.35L/100km).

Sprint from 0-60mph is attained at less than six seconds and ceiling speed will be restricted to 125mph. Like Chevrolet's forthcoming Volt plug-in, the latest Karma is propelled entirely by an electric motor and the internal combustion engine is used exclusively for battery charging.

The Fisker Karma is not only the first true Electric Vehicle in the world that offers extended range (EVer), it is California-based Fisker Automotive’s way of saying what the possibilities are in this industry. With military stealth vehicle serving as an inspiration, the patented EVer powertrain allows the Karma to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in merely 5.9 seconds with fuel efficiency of 100 mpg and CO2 emissions measured at 83 g/km.

These figures are estimated using real-world driving and areprojected on a yearly basis. Inside is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which allows the Karma to run solely on electric power and achieve maximum range of 50 miles (80 kilometers). However, should its battery be drained, the power is now supplied by the generator which offers 175 kW.

This is due to the turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter gas engine that extends the maximum distance travelled by an extra 250 miles (403 kilometers). Actual total range in between refuel or recharge is estimated at 300 miles. With this four-seat and four-door model, Fisker is displaying once again its commitment when it comes to developing Uncompromised Responsible Luxury models that are able to offer Pure Driving Passion.

This is made possible through the use of an elegant and striking design and combining it with high performance while still being able to deliver super low fuel consumption and even zero-emissions when needed. According to Fisker, the Karma is expected to have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $95,900, in the U.S. This is before any federal tax incentives amounting to $7,500.

In Europe meanwhile, suggested retail price is €85,500. This means that the Karma will be able to compete with many of the standard luxury sedans, like the A8 TDI from Audi, 750i AcitveHybrid from BMW, S400 Hybrid from Mercedes-Benz, and Panamera S from Porsche. With all these features in the Karma, it offers more value compared to other sedans like the Aston Martin Rapide, priced at $200,000, and even the Maserati Quattroporte, which comes in at $120,000.

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