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Fisker Karma Sunset Named 2009 North American Production Preview Vehicle of the Year


2010 Fisker Karma S Concept

2010 Fisker Karma S Concept

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You can't bring a Fisker Karma Sunset home yet, but it can already be dubbed "award-winning." That's because the eagerly anticipated plug-in hybrid hardtop convertible was named the 2009 North American Production Preview Vehicle of the Year on Tuesday. The award is reserved for vehicles based on an existing model that has been announced or planned for production.

The Karma Sunset was chosen by a panel of automotive journalists over a list of seven other finalists from major automakers. The Sunset uses the same "Q Drive" powertrain as the Karma sedan, which is powered by two electric motors. A 2.0 liter turbocharged Ecotec engine from GM, mated to a generator, charges the lithium-ion battery that stores power for the motors. Fisker estimates that a fully charged Karma will go 50 miles before the gas engine has to kick in.

"As the industry's emerging paradigm shift rewrites the book on how cars are designed and manufactured, the Fisker Karma Sunset concept is a bellwether for the auto industry's second century," said Tom Kelley, juror and founder of the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.

We hope so. You can reserve your convertible Karma for a cool $25,000 today.

Source: Fisker via PR Newswire

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  1. "The award is reserved for vehicles based on an existing model that has been announced or planned for production."
    And what model of Fisker is this based on? I didn't know Fisker actually had any cars in production. I thought the Karma is going to be their first. Or am I wrong about that?
     
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  2. Fisker doesn't have any cars in production, but they have two cars "planned for production." You're correct. The Karma sedan will be their first with the Karma Sunset convertible to follow.
     
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  3. WOW! What a beautiful car!
    AND it's a plug-in hybrid...
    There IS a God.
     
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  4. The Fisker is an incredibly sexy vehicle--much sexier than the old gas guzzler I cruise around in :-) In fact, I like the Fisker so much that I included it in a blog post here: http://blog.insweb.com/2008/09/sexiest_green_cars.html If the price falls from $400k to around $20,000 or $30,000 (yeah, right!) I'll camp out at the dealership just to get one. Or I'll wait until I win the lottery--wouldn't that be nice?
     
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