2012 Fisker Karma: Price Goes Up Again, To $106,000 Or Higher

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2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

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With the 2012 Fisker Karma now, finally, arriving in volume at dealerships, Fisker Automotive should finally begin to record some retail sales this month.

Still, we're not sure that raising your prices right as your first customers return to their dealers to take delivery is particularly gracious.

Fisker Automotive confirmed to Fox News last night that it will increase the price of the 2012 Karma by 6 percent two days from now, on Thursday, Dec 15.

The base-level EcoStandard model will now sticker at $102,000--up from the $95,900 price announced a year ago--and the high-end EcoChic model will cost $10,000 more, at $116,000.

Fear not, though: If you're one of the Fisker faithful who's already put down a $5,000 deposit on a Karma luxury sport sedan, you'll have an additional month to pay up. Depositors must decide by January 15 whether to place a firm order at the lower price.

2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

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About two years late in making it to market, the range-extended electric Fisker Karma sport sedan was first priced in 2008 at a bottom line of $80,000. Quite soon thereafter, the price of the car rose to $87,900 and stayed there for two years.

Like the Chevrolet Volt, the Fisker Karma is propelled solely by electricity but contains a gasoline engine that switches on to generate current. In the 2012 Karma, the engine provides power both when the lithium-ion battery pack is depleted and to give better performance when the car is operating in the higher-performance Sport Mode.

MORE: 2012 Fisker Karma Electric Car Drive Impressions: VIDEO

A pair of 150-kilowatt (200-horsepower) electric traction motors power the Karma's rear wheels, and its 22-kilowatt-hour battery pack is located in the central tunnel of the low, sleek four-door sedan.

Was this the wrong time for Fisker to raise prices? Or won't it matter to the well-heeled early adopters who are likely its core audience for the 2012 Karma?

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.


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Comments (10)
  1. That stinks, but the way the car is packaged is that there are almost no optional extras. The different trim levels contain all the features Eco Sandard at the bottom end then Eco Sport, followed by Eco Chic at the top. So it's not like your going to have to start at the base price and then start shelling out more on options. This better be the final price change Fisker there are allot of cars out there that cost less and are faster and more fun to drive.

  2. It is an electron guzzler and should be avoided by anyone interested in environmental issues.

  3. It's still massively better then other cars in it's price range. I don't see any other exotic plug-in hybrids hitting the market right now. Do you want all class levels of cars to plug-in or not?

  4. I would like to see plug-ins like this that have better efficiency than a truck. The Karma is the plug-in equivalent of a Hummer. No one should view this thing as an eco-car in anyway.

  5. You have to compare it to cars like the Porsche Panamera or Mercedes CLS. If you look at cars that it is similar to, then it's Eco. If you compare everything to a Prius then it's not very Eco, and your view is flawed.

  6. I'll compare it to anything I like, thank you very much.

    Also, I don't have to agree that anyone should own a Porsche Panamera (really only blind people would consider it anyway) or Mercedes CLS. In all probability they will be legislated out of existence which is the only fitting future for them.

    As for the Fisker, we can only hope that their dealerships are picketed the way Hummer dealerships used to be.

    Fisker is the least efficient plug-in vehicle and has half the efficiency of something like the LEAF. It has a high tech beautiful skin hiding a dark coal fired beast within.

    As my well-heeled neighbors have dumped their BMW's and SUVs to build a better future for their children, they should also avoid the beautiful Fisker Karma.

  7. Even the dismal hybrid that this the Panamera Hybrid, gets 25 mpg or 25% more than the Fisker Karma.

    On the bright side, you could proudly leave the Fisker Karma parked in front of your house (as long as you agreed not to drive it). The Panamera would need to be parked out back.

  8. @ John, ok fair enough. The Fisker just like everything else, is not flawless perfection. Oh well.

  9. Two years late, $14K short and not particularly green...Guess it's all down to it's good looks now.

  10. Who cares?

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