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Loosely translating from Hindi, Karma implies good deeds are rewarded. The
2012 Fisker Karma allows drivers who appreciate style and performance to own and
enjoy a car that is also environmentally conscious, one that achieves fuel
consumption and emissions performance that is simply beyond the capability of
today's conventional luxury automobiles.
Combining striking, elegant
design with high performance, ultra-low fuel consumption and zero emissions on
demand, the four-door, four-seat Karma embodies the brand's commitment to
creating Uncompromised Responsible Luxury vehicles that deliver Pure Driving
The 2012 Karma - an all-new car with all-new technology from an
all-new company - arrives in showrooms this summer, setting a new benchmark for
time-to-market after being unveiled as a concept in 2008 and creating the
Premium Luxury EV segment.
With its proprietary EVer powertrain -
inspired by a military stealth vehicle - the Fisker Karma can accelerate from
zero-to-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, yet achieve the equivalent of more than 100
miles per gallon and 83 g/km CO2 emissions in real-world driving on an annual
The 2012 Karma can run purely on electric power supplied by a
rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 50 miles (80 km); after that, a 175
kW generator driven by an efficient, 2.0 liter, direct-injection, turbocharged
gasoline engine extends the range an additional 250 miles (403 km). The Karma's
total range between recharge/refuel can reach 300 miles.
With a U.S.
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $95,900 before federal tax
incentives of $7,500, and a 85,500 EUR suggested retail price in Europe, the
world-class 2012 Fisker Karma will be competitive with more conventional luxury
sedans such as the BMW 750i AcitveHybrid, Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, Porsche
Panamera S and Audi A8 TDI. The Karma also offers a tremendous value over such
super sedans as the $120,000 Maserati Quattroporte and $200,000 Aston Martin
The 2012 Karma is Fisker Automotive's first car. It is built according
to the company's Sustainable and Accountable Design philosophy, which
represents a dramatic leap forward for the entire auto industry.
understands that developing, building, marketing and disposing of cars is an
incredibly energy- and resource-intensive proposition. As a new company starting
with a clean slate, Fisker sees great opportunity to improve this process and
reimagine what the world can expect of its automakers.
Other variants of the Karma, including a convertible, are planned, and Fisker
is preparing to build a second, lower-priced model line in a 3.2 million square
foot (297,000 m2) assembly plant the company is refitting in Wilmington,
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