Top Gear Crowns 2012 Fisker Karma 'Car of the Year'
Top Gear has crowned the 2012 Fisker Karma plug-in sedan as its "Luxury Car of the Year" and overall "Car of the Year." More specifically, Top Gear presenter, James May, selected the 2012 Fisker Karma as his overall vehicle of the year and BBC Top Gear magazine named the Karma as its "Luxury Car of the Year."
Charlie Turner, BBC Top Gear magazine editor, explained why the Fisker Karma grabbed the number one spot:
"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."
Henrik Fisker, co-founder, chief executive officer and 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 as the world’s first luxury hybrid electric car.”
In winning Top Gear's "Luxury Car of the Year" award, the 2012 Fisker Karma joins some prestigious past winners, including the Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe, Jaguar XJ and Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe. Last month, Automobile Magazine named the Karma “Design of the Year” for 2012, calling it "unlike anything else on the road today and yet very much like dozens of the most beloved sports cars of the past.”
For its part, Top Gear has an established track record of dissing innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles. Co-host, Jeremy Clarkson, famously trashed the Toyota Prius, calling it one of his "least favorite cars in the world," and Tesla is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the BBC over a misleading segment the show ran in 2008, during which Clarkson outrageously claimed that the true range of the all-electric Roadster was just 55 miles. Similar shenanigans are alleged to have taken place earlier this year, when the show staged a range-anxiety nightmare with the Nissan LEAF.
So while the Karma may have disappointed many green car fans with its lower-than-expected official electric range and fuel economy rating in gas-only mode, response from the automotive press at large seems to be far more positive―even among the most fervent electric-drive detractors.
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