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2012-04-04 13:22

WHO SAYS HYBRIDS AREN'T SEXY?: The Fisker Atlantic hopes to earn itself a slice of the hybrid car market with the launch of its elegant Atlantic.

NEW YORK – Fisker Automotive has revealed its new Atlantic sedan,  the the latest model in the brand's line-up of luxury electric cars.

The Atlantic design prototype, revealed ahead of the 2012 New York auto show, is a luxury four-door aimed at the green-conscious and uses the latest second-generation EVer (Electric Vehicle extended range) technology. Fisker says it will offer all the benefits of electric drive while eliminating “range anxiety” experienced with an all-electric powertrain.

SIMILAR SIZE TO AUDI

Like the Karma sedan, the Atlantic is a plug-in hybrid capable of switching between electric and petrol modes via its lithium ion batteries. A four-cylinder petrol engine powers the rear wheels though an all-wheel drive version will be offered as an option.

The slim diode rear lights split to offer a wider aperture for the boot. Fisker says the Atlantic’s dimensions are comparable to those of an Audi A5.

Henrik Fisker, co-founder and executive chairman of Fisker Automotive, says: “We are exceptionally proud of the Atlantic design prototype and believe we have created another groundbreaking car that looks and will drive like nothing else on the road in this class."

'LONG WAY TO GO'

Tom LaSorda, CEO of Fisker Automotive, said: “Fisker Automotive is changing from a start-up automaker to a full-fledged mainstream car manufacturer and the Atlantic is a crucial milestone in that process.

“We have a long way to go but in the near future Fisker intends to deliver this exceptional American-designed, engineered and manufactured vehicle to showrooms worldwide. I’m confident the Fisker Atlantic will inspire people and win the brand many customers who may not have considered a vehicle such as this before.”

More details on the Fisker Atlantic, including statistics and prices, will be given closer to the launch of the production car.
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