Initial domestic deliveries of Fisker Automotive's first car, the Karma, will commence in the 4th quarter of 2009 in North America with planned delivery to Europe in 2010.

Fisker Automotive is the new kid on the block, following Tesla and Venturi into the 'green' premium segment. The Tesla Roadster already went into production and yesterday news came that Europe will also see some of the in-high-demand green roadster.

The Fisker Karma is a four seater plug-in hybrid premium sports sedan and stunned many Americans at the 2008 NAIAS as well as Europeans at Geneva. There are no official performance specifications green sports sedan available yet, but Fisker Automotive have claimed a sub 6 second 0-100 km/h time, 200 km/h top speed and max torque available from stand still. The Fisker Karma is expected to cost about USD 80,000, a European price has not been announced but if we follow Tesla's example we end up with a price tag of about Euro 80,000 excluding taxes.

Karma Automotive hopes to build 15,000 Karma's annually with first deliveries starting in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2009. Fisker expects to export 50% of their cars to primarely Europe and has appointed their first European importer today, Fisker Italia in Italy. Fisker hopes to have retail representation in 44 states in the USA.

"We are thrilled at the interest Fisker Automotive is receiving in North America and particularly abroad," said Fisker Automotive Board Member and Director of Retail Development, Vic Doolan. "Fisker Italia is an elite international importer, and they demonstrate the resounding demand for 'style without sacrifice' we are receiving in both North American retail markets and abroad."

Gallery: Fisker Karma Confirmed for Europe