Fisker Automotive continues to amass awards for its historic hybrid-electric car, the Karma. The company recently added four new trophies to its crowded mantle, the latest for design and technical innovation. Fisker’s CEO, Tony Posawatz, said these awards “rightly recognize both the stunning design and technological innovation that this car has brought to the market. We truly are bringing customers tomorrow’s car today.”
Based on the same platform as the Fisker Karma, the company’s Surf concept is a five-door model with a unique lift-up tailgate and is the subject of the video link below. The engine of the Surf never powers the wheels directly, as in the Karma (and in GM’s Chevy Volt). Fisker’s engineers say the car will reach 124 mph. The photomontage in the clip details the exterior as well as the inside of the sleek hybrid. The Surf first showed its face to the world at Frankfurt’s 2011 Motor Show, but company executives say the idea had been around, though kept under wraps, since sometime in 2009. Henrik Fisker described the Surf as a “merger of a sports car with a station wagon,” just before the car’s unveiling.
Fast Company Magazine presented Fisker with its “Innovation by Design” award this week, the Karma besting other nominees, which included Ford Fusion, Faraday Bike, and the Boeing 787 airliner. In addition, Fisker picked up Motor Trend Magazine’s recognition as one of the “Top 10 Future Classics.” Sweden’s Auto Motor Und Sport Magazine gave its “Environmental Car of the Year” trophy to the Karma, and Germany’s Auto Bild Magazine gave the Fisker Karma its “Classic Car of the Future” award in that competition’s limousine category.
For more about Fisker Automotive, the Karma, and the Surf concept, see the company’s official corporate website: