The Fisker Karma, the world’s first luxury Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer™), is now rated to have emissions of just 47g/km CO2 in Europe, the lowest of nearly any passenger vehicle with an internal combustion engine.
On Tuesday this week, Fisker Automotive made its official Middle East appearance in the heart of oil production land.
Exclusive Fisker distributorship Trading Enterprises and Fisker Automotive unveiled the gas-electric Karma sedan in front of global and regional media at Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City.
At the Luxury Review, an annual showcase in Chelsea for makers of big-ticket apparel, jewelry, liquor, single-origin chocolate bars and motorized conveyances, bankruptcy may be considered gauche cocktail conversation. But parked at the center of the Metropolitan Pavilion space on West 18th Street on Wednesday evening was the Fisker Karma, the $100,000 plug-in hybrid sedan, packing lithium-ion batteries supplied by the newly bankrupt A123 Systems.
At every auto show, a certain number of impossibly exotic vehicles are introduced. The brands that manufacture these pieces of the unattainable don’t usually make a point of discussing how only ultra-high-net-worth individuals can afford their creations, and nobody seems particularly surprised or perturbed if these playthings of the very rich wind up in the garages of oil barons, drug lords, Far Eastern nouveau capitalists or various Third World despots.
The 2011 Frankfurt auto show is no exception. In fact, it may be an extreme example of how popular and profitable these vehicles remain, even in austere economic times. More than a dozen such toys were among the crop of new models introduced here.