No, it's not a cute little puppy in the window but instead the world's first luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Firsker Karma, prominently displayed for the visitors of the world to see.

No, it's not a cute little puppy in the window but instead the world's first luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Firsker Karma, prominently displayed for the visitors of the world to see.

Unfortunately, Fisker is not a household name yet, but this display in the world famous department store, Harrods in Knightsbridge, London, takes the brand one step closer.

It should be noted that the owner of Harrods, Qatar Holding, is also a shareholder in Fisker Automotive.

"Harrods is one of the most prestigious retail sites in the world, which is perfect for our car," said Henrik Fisker, co-founder and CEO of Fisker Automotive. "The landmark store attracts hundreds of thousands of customers from all over the world during January, and we look forward to introducing them to Fisker Automotive."

As we have previously reported, the plug-in hybrid has a 20 kW lithium-ion battery which sends power to two electric motors that develop 402 bhp (300 kW / 408 PS) and 959 lb-ft (1,300 Nm) of torque. This enables the Karma to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).

The Karma can travel up to 51.6 miles (83 km) on electricity alone, according to Germany's TÜV (Technical Inspections Organization). The official rating by the US's EPA is 53 MPGe while giving an all electric range of 32 miles (51.5 km).

When the battery is depleted, a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine acts as a generator to recharge it. Thanks to this setup, the car has an overall range of 300 miles (483 km), an average fuel consumption of 112 mpg UK (2.5L/100km) and CO2 emissions of 51 g/km, once again according to TÜV.

In every day practical life, Fisker claims that a driver with a 40-mile commute (64 km) who begins each day with a fully-charged battery would need about 9 gallons (approx. 35 liters) of gasoline a month and only fill up every 1,000 miles (1609 km).

No price has been announced yet for the UK market but prospective customers will be connected with international dealers for test drives. Pricing in the U.S. is $102,000 (~£80,000) but international deliveries start in the coming weeks.

The Fisker Karma will be on display throughout the Harrods winter sale period until 4 February 2012.

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