Fisker to use BMW engines
* Petrol-electric vehicle maker signs deal with BMW * Agreement for up to 100,000 engines per year * First BMW-engined Fisker on sale in 2013...
Fisker, the company behind the innovative petrol-electric Karma GT, has signed a deal with BMW under which the German car maker will supply turbocharged four-cylinder engines and other components for future Fisker models.
The first Fisker to get BMW power will be a new 3 Series-sized saloon, codenamed 'Project Nina', which goes on sale in 2013.
Like the Karma, this new model is an electric car that uses its petrol engine purely as a back-up generator for when the batteries run low. However, the Nina will cost about half as much as the 87,000 Karma and be offered in right-hand drive form the Karma is left-hand drive only.
Convertible and SUV versions of the Nina will follow, but Fisker isn't planning to put a BMW engine in the Karma until it brings out a heavily updated version in 2015.
Commenting on the deal, Fisker's CEO and executive design director, Henrik Fisker, said: 'The BMW engine was an obvious choice for us, because BMW is known for producing the best and most fuel-efficient petrol engines in the world.'
The best hybrid cars in 2021 (and one to avoid)
Everyone from Toyota to Porsche sells hybrid cars these days, but which models should you consider and which should you avoid?...
Suzuki Across long-term test review
Can a plug-in hybrid SUV make sense for someone who covers a lot of motorway miles? Our senior photographer is finding out