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Mar 262009

From Green Right Now Reports

Fisker Automotive, the new green car manufacturer based in Irvine, Calif., announced its first North American dealers. The luxury plug-in hybrid Karma sedan is priced at $87,900 and is expected to achieve the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon.

So far, 32 auto retailers have signed on to sell the Fisker marquee when it launches later this year. The company said its goal is to 40 locations in the U.S. and Canada by the end of June 2009.

Fisker Automotive said board member Vic Doolan has been instrumental in guiding development of the emerging company’s retail network. Doolan led BMW NA and Volvo Cars NA to record sales in the 1990s and 2000s, the company said, and has relationships with top retail principals.

“Our retail partners are our most important assets,” Doolan said in a statement. “To our customers, they are the face of the company. For that reason, we’ve chosen those who will give Fisker owners the comfort and confidence to drive the future.”

Fisker said the dealer showrooms will feature natural and sustainable materials such as wood and textiles. Dealers with have the option to use a solar-powered car port to keep the demonstrator cars fully charged and ready to go.

Here are the first Fisker Automotive dealers:

Alabama: Century Automotive Group

British Columbia: Fields Auto Group

California: Sullivan Luxury Cars LLC (Beverly Hills-Santa Monica), Shelly Automotive Group (Orange County), Serra Automotive (Pasadena), Price Family Dealerships (Sacramento), Price Family Dealerships (San Jose), Marvin K. Brown Auto Center (San Diego), Price Family Dealerships (San Francisco)

Colorado: Rickenbaugh Cadillac Volvo (Denver)

Florida: Warren Henry Automobiles (Miami), Fields Auto Group (Orlando), Elder Automotive Group (Tampa Bay), Palm Beach Motor Cars Ltd. (Palm Beach)

Illinois: Fields Auto Group, Patrick Dealer Group

Maryland: Capitol Cadillac Company

Michigan: Serra Automotive

Minnesota: Borton Automotive

New Jersey: Bergen Jaguar (Bergen County)

New York: Manhattan Motor Cars (Manhattan), The Dorschel Automotive Group (Rochester), Jaguar of Great Neck (Long Island)

Ohio: M2 Motors, Inc.

Oregon: Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships

Pennsylvania: H.A. Ott Motor Cars LLC (Philadelphia)

Texas: Roger Beasley Highline Group (Austin), Barrett Holdings, Inc. (San Antonio), Frank Kent Motor Company (Fort Worth)

Virginia: Britt Auto Group

Washington: O’Brien Auto Group

Wisconsin: Bergstrom Corporation