Fisker Karma goes into production

Electric and plug-in hybrid sports car maker, Fisker, has announced it has commenced production of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedan in Finland. Dealer deliveries in the US and Europe are set to take place some time next month.
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The Fisker Karma is being built under contract through Valmet Automotive at a production plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Valmet also builds versions of the Porsche Cayman and Boxster at the plant for Porsche, and has now begun building the Karma in accordance with a contract deal that was finalised in November 2008. Fisker spokesman, Roger Ormisher, said in a recent report,

"We're going to be ramping up very slowly, very carefully to ensure quality. This year we want to get over 7,000 deliveries."

The Fisker Karma is a a plug-in hybrid that is capable of running on electric power for up to 80km until a petrol motor kicks in. Using a 2.0-litre Ecotec turbocharged petrol motor, the Fisker Karma boasts an overall fuel consumption rating of just 2.4L/100km and offers a total range of around 480km.

It is designed as a sports car though so it's also able to achieve 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds and go onto a top speed of 201km/h. This is thanks to a combination of two electric motors which output 150kW each and also develop an Earth-moving 1300Nm of torque.

The Fisker Karma will go on sale in the US for around AU$87,000.