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2009 Fisker Karma
Fisker Automotive, the Lake Forest-based concern established by former Aston Martin design chief Henrik Fisker, unveiled a production version of its sporty plug-in hybrid called Karma. In pure electric mode it can run off its lithium-ion battery pack for 50 miles, or it can use its four-cylinder gasoline engine to power a generator and propel from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
The premium hybrid sports sedan will begin North American production in late 2008 and carry a price tag of about $80,000.