Fisker teams up with Penske, extends its U.S. dealer network

Article by Christian A., on June 7, 2012

Fisker revealed that it is joining forces with Penske in order to market and service its cars in Arizona but also in the surrounding region. With this new partnership, the Fisker Karma will be available in 80 independent retail locations in the US, Canada and Europe. Currently, Fisker offers just the Karma sedan, which with its unique EVer powertrain combines the power and efficiency of a pure electric car with the range of a traditional car.

Fisker Karma delivers 403 hp and almost 1,000 lb/ft of torque. Moreover, the car offers a fuel economy of 54 MPGe and 169g CO2/mi. Furthermore, the Karma comes with the world’s largest and most powerful solar glass panel roof on a car and 22-inch wheels.

The price for this vehicle is $103,000, not including a $7,500 federal income tax credit and other local incentives. “Penske Automotive Group is one of the most respected and successful auto retail companies in the world,” said Matthew Malfitano, Director of North American Operations at Fisker Automotive. “Their support speaks volumes about Fisker’s market potential. Fisker is proud to be part of the Penske team and we look forward to a fruitful relationship.”

There may be a number of electric vehicles already available in the market but the Karma from California-based Fisker Automotive offers something different. It is possible that it could be the first genuine Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer) in the world. In other words, it best represents what the automotive industry can be.

For those familiar with this concept, one interpretation of Karma is that any good you do will always be rewarded. When compared to many of today’s standard luxury cars, the Karma has better fuel consumption and an even better emissions performance. Thus, the Karma is a car for customers who want performance and style in their vehicles but also want one that is friendly to the environment.

Making this possible is the EVer powertrain, wherein a military stealth vehicle served as the inspiration. Through this powertrain, the Karma can go from standstill to 60 mph in merely 5.9 seconds. Even with the amount of performance, fuel efficiency, which is estimated using rear-world driving an on a yearly basis, is pegged at 100 mpg. CO2 emissions rating meanwhile is at 83 g/km.

Utilizing the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Karma can travel as far as 50 miles (80 km) running solely on pure electricity. If the battery is drained, the system shifts to the generator which can offer 175 kW. This same generation is powered by the turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter gas engine. Using this mode, the Karma gets an extra 250 miles (403 km), giving the Karma a total range of 300 miles.

That the four-seat Karma exhibits high performance while maintaining excellent fuel consumption and even zero emissions on demand packaged inside an elegant and striking design is not surprising. This is because this four-door model was created in order to bring to life the commitment of the brand in relation to vehicle models that have Uncompromised Responsible Luxury while being able to offer Pure Driving Passion.

Indeed, the Karma is a new car fitted with new technology and made by a new company. It was first presented as a concept in 2008 and resulted in the creation of the Premium Luxury EV segment. With the announcement that it will be available in different showrooms by summer, the Karma is able to set new standards for time-to-market.

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