New Fisker Karma to be made by Valmet Automotive
15 July 2008

Fisker’s Karma luxury hybrid saloon is to be made in Finland by Valmet Automotive, the firm that used to build the Cayman and Boxster for Porsche.Valmet Automotive was contracted by American firm Fisker to build its plug-in hybrid after Porsche decided to switch production of the Boxster to Magna Steyr’s facility in Austria. Fisker claims that Valmet’s experience working with Porsche will ensure that its new contender is of suitably high quality. “We are thrilled to have found the ideal manufacturing partner in Valmet Automotive,” said Fisker Automotive CEO, Henrik Fisker. “Valmet offers us the quality and speed necessary to meet our production goals.” The first examples of the Karma should roll off the production line late in 2009. The Karma has a 50-mile all-electric range and 350 miles of total range; Fisker claims that the car can achieve 100mpg. It has a top speed of 125mph and sprints from 0-60mph in under six seconds. Fisker aims to build 15,000 of these luxury hybrids per year, with more than half of annual sales anticipated outside of America.

Will Powell

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15 July 2008

You know, the idea that these will start rolling off the production line in 2009 would have so much more credibility if these were actually pictures of a car instead of the result of a lunch hour with a copy of Photoshop. I'd like to be proven wrong, cos it looks like an interesting machine, but still...

15 July 2008

I think you'll find this car does exist and I think was premiered at the Detroit show this year...

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15 July 2008

I've Googled it and, you're right, there do seem to be images of a rolling prototype but nothing moving under its own power. But I live in hope!

15 July 2008

Not sure I like the wacky races front, but pretty damn good looking overall! Let's see what the road tests are like, but sounds pretty promising. Can an eco-car be truly interesting and compete against normal cars for looks, performance and handling? I know the top speed isn't much, but it's acceleration is meant to be good enough, so looking forward to a production quality product and that road test!

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