A final assembly contract has been signed by both parties that will see the radical Karma built on a new production line – ultimately employing up to 500 workers – alongside Valmet’s existing facility that makes the Boxster and Cayman models for Porsche. A statement from Valmet says a new body welding line will be built for Fisker while existing painting and assembly processes can be adapted to integrate the new model’s production.
The Karma is a swoopy four door designed by Henrik Fisker, with a body that makes extensive use of lightweight materials to wrap up a leading-edge hybrid drivetrain. A top speed beyond 125mph is claimed, with 0-60 mph despatched in less than 6 seconds from a standing start.
Fisker is committed to producing a range of hybrid models in future, all to be built by Valmet as the California-based company’s contracted engineering and manufacturing supplier.