Production of Henrik Fisker’s pride and joy, the Karma, gets underway at Valmet’s plant in Finland. After years of anticipation the first deliveries will arrive at the dealers by next month.
Fisker Automotive has signed Valmet Automotive’s plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland, to make the Karma for them. They also make cars under contract for Porsche so there is no worry in terms of Karma’s build quality. To make sure it really is up to the highest standards, Fisker says they are going to ramp up production slowly and carefully to ensure quality.
Fisker has set a target of 7,000 sales for this year, which to be honest sounds a bit optimistic, specially after the recent price hikes. The car started out with base price 80,000 USD, but then it was raised to 95,900 USD. A fully loaded version will cost $108,900.
Come to think to it though, Tesla asks a 100 grand for their two-seater roadster and no one seems to be complaining about that! So there must be some people out there willing to pay that kind of money for a four-seater luxury sedan which is can travel up to 50 miles purely on electricity and has a range-extended gasoline engine which makes it capable of many more miles at very low emissions.
Let’s wait and see how the Karma works in real life, and how it will do in the rapidly growing green car market.