Fisker Automotive, the start-up manufacturer of ‘premium green’ automobiles, will unveil its Karma and Karma S luxury plug-in hybrid cars for the first time on European soil (world premiere was in Detroit) at the Geneva Motor Show.


The 408 horsepower, 100mpg Karma saloon will appear in the production trim customers will receive when deliveries begin the end of this year. The Karma S hardtop convertible coupe concept is scheduled for production in 2011. A European retail network strategy, along with vehicle options and pricing, will also be announced.


Fisker says the full size, four-place Fisker Karma fuses the ‘traditional and timeless’ styling of former Aston Martin and BMW auto designer and Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker, with a new, clean-energy powertrain, to become the ‘world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid car’.


The Karma will be able to reach 100 km/h (62mph) in six seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h (125mph), while being able to achieve an average annual fuel consumption rate of 2.4 l/100km (100mpg).


Fisker also says it features new materials and technologies not seen before on any production vehicle, such as a 26cm (10.5″) haptic touch-screen control panel and environmentally friendly interior trim.


The cars will be made by Valmet in Finland.


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