Fisker Promises Cars for Early 2009

April 10, 2008
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Earlier this year, we showed you the concept version of Fisker's new Karma plug-in hybrid. Now Fisker's going ahead with plans for production next spring -- and a plan to sell its cars in Europe, too.

Like the electric Tesla Roadster that's making the trip across the Atlantic next year, the Fisker Karma will be exported from its U.S. factory. But while Tesla will send over only a handful of Roadsters, Fisker expects about 7500 Karma sedans will go to the Continent each year, out of a total of 15,000 cars it will build a year.

American customers will get theirs starting late next year, Fisker promises, but Euros will have to wait until early 2010 for deliveries. Fisker Italia is the company set up to distribute the cars in Europe, and the company says when deliveries start, it will be one of the bigger American sellers of premium cars in Europe.

Interestingly, Fisker is also promising all of its facilities will be eco-friendly -- standards left undefined -- and will offer superb customer experiences, like videoconferencing with Fisker auto experts and flexible service scheduling.

With all the startups going on in the electric-car and plug-in hybrid market, we're getting a little jaded at news like this. But we're curious to hear what you think: are the Fiskers and Teslas of the world going to become real car companies one day, or are they vaporware? Tell us in a comment below.

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