Originally unveiled in 2009 as a concept car, the Fisker Karma was delivered in July of 2000 as a production luxury sedan with hybrid electric technology. Powered by two 201 hp electric motors, the Karma connects its power to the rear wheels through a one speed torque converter-type transmission, the Prundletronic. A 2.0-liter 260 hp turbocharged gasoline engine powers the electric motors when the charge in the batteries has run out or when the driver deploys the sport mode. Assembled in Finland, only 2,450 units were constructed during its brief period of production in 2011 and 2012.
The construction of the luxury sedan centers around a battery column between the front and rear seats, and while the cabin is snug as a result of this design feature it is also appointed with reclaimed woodwork and environmentally responsible materials to create a refined and comfortable setting for travel. Leather seating options were made available as well.
With a combined range of 230 miles, the Karma presents a particularly stylish and sporting prospect of transport for those who wish to travel at an estimated 52 mpg. Standard features in the Fisker Karma include a solar-panel roof, which, on a daily basis, is capable of adding an estimated 5 miles worth of range as the batteries are depleted. This power source also serves to keep the vehicle cool as it sits in the sun, maintaining a stable interior temperature.
Production of the Fisker Karma ceased in November of 2012 as a result of financial difficulty within the company and cost of production. This early end of production has made the Karma a rare mode of transportation to purchase, with only 1,800 units imported to the United States.
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