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Karma Revero GT
Karma to launch China sales in second half
Automotive News China | 2019/4/19

Chinese-owned and California-based EV maker Karma Automotive will kick off sales in China in the second half of the year, CEO Lance Zhou said at the Shanghai auto show Tuesday.

The company¡¯s first vehicle, the Revero GT, is an extended-range electric luxury car. It uses a turbocharged three-cylinder engine supplied by BMW Group to power an on-board electric generator. 

The Revero GT, delivering 535 hp and 550 lb-ft. of torque, can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Karma said it can drive up to 80 miles on batteries, and the range can be extended to 360 miles by the onboard generator.

The Revero GT was displayed alongside a prototype crafted by Italian design house Pininfarina and a battery-electric concept at Karma¡¯s booth at the Shanghai auto show.

Karma Automotive¡¯s owner, Chinese supplier Wanxiang Group, markets Karma as an American brand. ¡°We were born in California,¡± Zhou said repeatedly during his speech at the show.

The Revero GT will be imported to China from Karma Automotive¡¯s plant in Irvine, Calif., rather than being produced locally. 

Wanxiang also plans to build a product based on the Revero GT¡¯s platform in the east China city of Hangzhou where it is headquartered. But the locally built vehicle will be slotted below the Revero GT, Zhou noted. 

He didn¡¯t provide additional details on China production plans. 

Karma Automotive was founded by Wanxiang in 2014 after the Chinese company purchased bankrupt U.S. sports car maker Fisker Automotive¡¯s assets, including its sole product, the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. 

In 2016, Wanxiang started producing a revised version of the Karma as the Revero. 

Karma Automotive has established a network of 18 stores in the U.S., Chile, Mexico and Egypt to sell the Revero, according to Zhou. 

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