Pricing and European retail strategy to be announced.

Pricing and European retail strategy to be announced.

Fisker Automotive, the new American manufacturer of premium green automobiles, will unveil its Karma and Karma S luxury plug-in hybrid cars for the first time on European soil at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2009. The 408 horsepower, 100mpg Karma saloon will appear in the production trim customers will receive when deliveries begin the end of this year. The Karma S hardtop convertible coupe concept is scheduled for production in 2011. A European retail network strategy, along with vehicle options and pricing, will also be announced.

The full size, four-place Fisker Karma fuses the traditional and timeless styling of former Aston Martin and BMW auto designer and Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker, with Q-DRIVE®, a new, clean-energy powertrain, to become the world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid car. The Karma will be able to reach 100 km/h (62mph) in six seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h (125mph), while being able to achieve an average annual fuel consumption rate of 2.4 l/100km (100mpg). It also features new materials and technologies not seen before on any production vehicle, such as a 26cm (10.5”) haptic touch-screen control panel and environmentally friendly interior trim

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Top auto journalist group recognizes designer’s contributions to the auto industry

Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker was awarded the Golden Gear award for Automotive Design by the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) during a February 6 luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The veteran designer was recognized for designing some of the world’s most desirable and innovative automobiles, including the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Fisker Karma, the first luxury plug-in hybrid car.  “I am truly honored,” said Fisker. “WAPA’s Golden Gear award is especially meaningful because it comes from people who really understand cars and the auto industry.”

Joe Phillips, WAPA president, said, “Henrik Fisker’s stellar car designs are full of what’s best about the auto industry: Passion. And when you add in his green, ecofriendly business model, the result is a win-win for car-loving consumers and dealers. Fisker is proof that great style can have great substance.”

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