Anaheim, California, USA – December 1, 2011: The Fisker Karma has been crowned ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ by BBC Top Gear magazine and ‘Car of the Year’ by Top Gear TV presenter, James May.
The Karma – Fisker’s first production car – is a 403 hp luxury sedan and the world’s first true electric vehicle with extended range (EVer™). Despite its size, performance and visual appeal, the Karma is one of the most efficient, low-emission vehicles available today. It combines the zero-emissions and efficiency of electric drive with the range and freedom of petrol-powered cars, due to its cutting-edge EVer™ powertrain technology.
Top Gear is one of the biggest circulation automotive and men’s lifestyle magazines in the world. Now in their 12th year, the Top Gear awards results are published across 26 international editions and set out to recognize the most exciting and innovative cars launched in the preceding year.
Charlie Turner, BBC Top Gear magazine editor, explained why the Karma was a worthy winner: “Cleverness abounds in the Fisker and adds to the air of intelligent luxury. It works well, it looks good and it must be a genuinely exciting thing to own.
“It’s the top-of-the-line spec that features no leather, just textiles and reclaimed wood. And it’s more convincing than it sounds, managing to look, feel and smell premium without any cow peel in it at all,” Turner concluded.
Henrik Fisker, co-founder, CEO and executive design director of Fisker Automotive, commented: “It is fantastic news that the Karma has won two awards from Top Gear. We realize that we are at the beginning of our journey and awards like this remind us we are on the right road - building enticing green cars that people actually want to own. It’s particularly pleasing that this award recognizes the Karma’s luxuriousness.”
“We’re big fans of both the Top Gear show and magazine - it’s great to see motoring entertainment consumed by millions. The fact that Fisker cars appeal to the Top Gear audience inspires us to continue producing cutting-edge luxury vehicles with extended range, including our new mid-sized sedan that will be built in Delaware, USA.”
It’s the latest in a run of high-profile awards for the Karma that Fisker Automotive has been very proud to win, including Automobile’s Design of the Year and a Global Green Design Award. In winning the ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ award, the Karma joins an exclusive group of prestigious previous winners, such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe, Jaguar XJ and Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe.
In recent independent testing conducted by the Technischer Üeberwachungs Verein (TÜV), the Karma achieved 135 mpg combined fuel economy, CO2 emissions of just 51 g/km and an all-electric range of 51.6 miles.