Fisker promises to build Karma in California

The company will open its first US manufacturing facility in Moreno Valley, near its Costa Mesa headquarters.

Fisker, now known as Fisker Automotive and Technology Group (FATG), has detailed plans to build a manufacturing facility in the US.

Under new ownership by China's Wanxiang Group, FATG promises to build its factory in Moreno Valley. The location is conveniently located approximately an hour drive from its US headquarters in Costa Mesa.

The automaker expects to create 150 full-time manufacturing jobs when it begins producing its flagship plug-in hybrid, presumably the revamped Karma, which will be exported to global markets.

"FATG believes in the quality, work ethic and competitiveness of manufacturing in the United States," said FATG marketing chief James Taylor. "California's natural beauty, trend setting, technology, and environmental focus are perfectly aligned with our Karma re-launch."

The redesigned Karma is expected to keep the same form as its predecessor, with upgrades focused on the battery and hybrid systems. Teaser images hint at refreshed headlights, but without any other significant changes to the exterior.

Reports suggest the hybrid will return to the market by the middle of next year, likely with a price tag around $135,000.

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