Monday, January 9, 2012

2011 Car Awards: Best Hybrid

Hybrids has been around since 1899. The first hybrid was the Lohner-Porsche Mixtre. Hybrid vehicles eventually died out by 1917. Now, hybrids are back and the Toyota Prius is the face of the hybrid car. Because of that, some people think that hybrids are slow, dull, and boring. But there is one car that proves hybrids can be fast, stylish, and fun. My choice for the 2011 Hybrid Car of the Year is:

Fisker Karma
Fisker Karma

Car designer Henrik Fisker is responsible for Aston Martin V8 Vantage and BMW Z8, both beautiful cars. Now he has decided to build his own plug-in hybrid. The Fisker Karma is beautiful to look at. The Karma is powered by both a 2.0L turbocharged I4 and 20kW/h lithium ion battery. The total power output is 403 hp and 981 lb-ft of torque. The Karma goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 125 mph. The Karma costs around $100,000 Compared to the Prius, Insight, and Volt, the Karma is fast. With good performance and beautiful styling, the Karma is the best hybrid of 2011. There is one issue though, the Karma was recalled due to potential risk of battery fire caused by leaking coolant.

Other receiving consideration:

Infiniti M35h: It is beautiful and quick, but it was not originally designed as a hybrid.

Photo taken from Fisker Karma Wikipedia page.
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