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Frankfurt 2011: Fisker Surf

Fisker reveals their second model, the Surf, at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Fisker has just unveiled their highly-anticipated second model, the Surf. With its sweeping shooting brake design, Fisker's latest extended range plug-in may resemble the silhouette of the Ferrari FF, but the Surf has four doors, just like its Karma sibling. So why is it called the Surf? Simple, it's possible to fit a surfboard either inside or on its roof. Set to be produced alongside the Karma in Finland, the Surf should be available worldwide by next July.

But the question remains: Why did Fisker choose to do what's essentially a station wagon as their follow-up? For anyone who's seen the size of the Karma's trunk will know the reason immediately. As great as the Karma looks, its trunk is ridiculously small, measuring in at just 7.1 cubic feet. With the Surf's added space, weight only increases by 77 pounds. As typical with Fisker, the automaker is also designing a custom set of luggage for Surf buyers. Besides the new rear design, the Karma's powertrain, chassis, and interior are carried directly over to the Surf.

However, the solar panel that rests on the Karma's roof becomes more powerful on the Surf, going from a 120-watt to a 133-watt unit. There's also a new black plastic grille up front along with new 22-inch wheels. Fisker also says they're currently working with an outside supplier to develop a roof rack system that will be able to slide into the standard aluminum roof rails. Fisker recently began deliveries of the Karma and they hope to sell 3,500 Surfs a year. It'll likely do quite well in Europe where wagons remain very popular. Pricing hasn't been finalized, but it will likely be a bit more than that of the Karma's base price of $95,900.

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