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November 26, 2012

High high efficiency — of Seattle’s Auto Show

The Veyron at the Seattle Auto courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auctions. of achieving in excess of 200 mph, it all ages — but especially The show was staged from 14th through 18th. by Terry Parkhurst)

Most of the were leading their towards the second floor of the Link Field Event where the Bugatti Veyron and the two supercars were parked. But one boy paused as his father tried to him away from a Honda hybrid.

“Is it a ‘green’ car?” he his dad, who responded negatively. it isn’t for me.”

Maybe dad needed to take his son to where the Fisker Karma was explained by Andy Meyer, manager for the Fisker store in Washington.

Andy Meyer, manager for Fisker of Bellevue talks about the solar on the roof of the Karma. (Photo (c) by Parkhurst)

The Bellevue store is one of 45 dealerships across America, Meyer, who added that 1,500 examples of the Karma been sold, mostly to in Europe, China and the Mid-East.

The while a hybrid is not the typical Meyer explained. In response to a pointing out that it looks an Aston-Martin, Meyer mentioned Henrik Fisker had designed of the most notable Aston-Martins in years; so it was no coincidence. He added the GM-sourced, turbo-charged two liter combustion engine and its companion motor, could together the Karma from a standing to 60 miles-per-hour, in just 6.3 seconds.


The Karma is built in Finland, admitted, by Valmet Automotive, the that also builds the for Porsche. There are, continued plans by Fisker to a second car, a sport called the Atlantic, in Delaware. car was expected to debut in 2013; but the company lost its funding the Department of Energy, it remains when that will

The Karma’s main competition, the model “S” sedan was notably from the show. At the time of writing, Tesla has announced a price increase for that although reportedly (according to a release), that won’t be to everyone with an existing Fisker could conceivably from that. Call “pre-conquest sales.”

Perhaps the best example of how a auto manufacturer is re-engineering its to be more efficient was over at the stand in the guise of the 2013

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Tye Cannon, regional manager for s northwest region, explains the new underneath the skin of the 2013 Avalon. (Photo (c) by Terry

While the standard 268 horsepower, 3.5 V-6 engine and six-speed automatic are unchanged from the previous a new hybrid uses the same the 154 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine; with an electronic motor 200, net horsepower, in tandem) and a CVT variable transmission) as the Camry. by less weight than its the result is 40 miles-per-gallon. (Curb of the new Avalon hybrid is 3,585 the curb weight of the V6 engine edition is 3,481 pounds.)

Dodge displayed what spokesman Scott Brown “the high point of our with FIAT” in the 2013 Dart. The bodywork, which from Dodge design rides on a lengthened and widened of the Alfa-Romeo Guilietta platform.

Brown, spokesman for the Chrysler explains the workings of the 2013 Dart to members of the Northwest Press Association. (Photo (c) by Parkhurst)

The Dart name was on a mid-size Chrysler offering, 1960 through 1976. But the incarnation won’t be powered by the dependable Slant-Six that the original Dart a legend in its own The standard engine is a double-overhead two-liter four cylinder that puts out 160 horsepower at rpm.

Then, there is a special called the Dart R/T – which stood for “road and track,” used on Chrysler’s 1960s and ‘70s muscle-cars – whose is called the “Tiger-shark.” It’s as a SOHC (single-overhead camshaft) puts out 184 horsepower at 6,250 in part, thanks to FIAT’s technology, designed to allow for complete combustion of fuel.

that the EPA rating for the Dodge R/T or “Rallye,” is 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg, on the it shows how carefully auto are balancing performance with It might even convince little boy who was such a hard after seeing a Honda — Terry Parkhurst

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