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Sleek, sexy, and undeniably green, the 2010 Karma was created by and named for Henrik Fisker. The former BMW designer had long wanted to show that fuel-efficient cars didn't have to be ugly or unpleasant to drive. So he got a car company funded to prove the point.
While the Karma may be a 2011 model by the time it hits the showrooms of selected luxury car dealers next summer, Fisker plans to build up to 20,000 a year. The company's research shows strong demand for a greener luxury sports sedan, and perhaps the fact that Tesla plans a similar car--though all electric--proves the point.
Like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the Fisker Karma is an extended-range electric vehicle. It runs up to 50 miles on electric power from a lithium-ion battery pack, and then a gasoline engine kicks in to provide electric power for another 250 miles.
Fisker is also planning a smaller family sedan, code-named Nina, that it will build at a former GM factory in Delaware. But it's all hypothetical until outsiders get to drive the production Karma. And that hasn't happened yet, unless the Crown Prince of Denmark counts.
Stay tuned on that one.
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