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by Mark Hacking

Any number of manufacturers is capable of producing an ultra-desirable hybrid car—as long it’s a concept car. But niche manufacturer Fisker Automotive is on the verge of going to market with their Karma hybrid sedan, a gorgeous piece of metal with an impressive degree of eco-friendliness.

First unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the production version of the Fisker Karma features two electric motors that produce 150 kW each, as well as a 2.0-litre petrol engine used for recharging duties. Additionally, a solar-panel roof generates a bit of extra recharging capability, but will be mainly used to power the climate control system.

Other green aspects of the car include interior trim made of reclaimed wood salvaged from fires and lake bottoms, and leather seating that uses the entire cow hide, not just the unmarked bits. Inside and out, the Karma is automotive art, which makes sense when you consider that company CEO Henrik Fisker designed the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and BMW Z8, among others.

While the manufacturer is hesitant to release final performance figures for the Karma, some estimates are calling for an 80-km all-electric range, fuel consumption of 2.4 litres/100 km, a 0-100 km/h time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 201 km/h.




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