2013 Fisker Surf Surfaces at Frankfurt Auto Show
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2013 Fisker Surf Surfaces at Frankfurt Auto Show

2011 Frankfurt Auto Show


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2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Fisker's next hybrid car, a companion to the Karma sedan, is one stunning wagon.
  • The 2013 Fisker Surf is a cross between a modern Ferrari FF and a vintage Volvo 1800ES.
  • Fisker calls the Surf a "vision of a crossover between a sports car and a station wagon."

FRANKFURT, Germany — Fisker's next extended-range hybrid car, a companion to the Karma sedan, is one stunning wagon.

Teased last week in a darkly lit sketch, the actual full-size prototype of the Fisker Surf unveiled here at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show looks considerably more fetching in the flesh — sort of a cross between a modern Ferrari FF and a vintage Volvo 1800ES.

In fact, most media references to the five-door wagon/hatchback refer to it as a "shooting brake." The California-based startup company, headed by design whiz Henrik Fisker, calls it a "vision of a crossover between a sports car and a station wagon" and "perhaps the most elegant production sport wagon ever made."

The Surf is slated to go on sale in mid-2012 as a 2013 model, the company said, using many of the components designed originally for the Karma. Indeed, Fisker observes that, "mechanically, the cars are virtually identical."

At the car's official introduction here, Henrik Fisker said, "The Surf is a first-of-its-kind eco-friendly lifestyle vehicle that offers space, performance and luxury design for people who live an active, environmentally conscious lifestyle and like to drive beautiful cars."

There was no reference to price, but it would be prudent to expect a six-figure sticker, considering the Karma is now priced from $95,000.

Edmunds.com says: Whatever you care to call it, the Surf is simply sensational.

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