Ron Tonkin Automotive Group Signs Up as Fisker Dealers

Ranked 81st among US dealer groups in the US, Oregon-based Tonkin had 2007 sales of almost 23,000 new, used and fleet cars and trucks worth $466 million.

Published: 31-Jan-2009

It's the kind of positive image and auto industry credibility which no new car company could possibly afford to buy, but only hope to develop over decades.

But we've learned exclusively that one of the nation's largest auto dealer groups has been signed by Fisker Automotive to carry their sedan and hardtop convertible Karma plug-in hybrid models, which will use an extended-range gasoline/electric hybrid system similar to that developed by General Motors for their Chevrolet Volt and Euro-market Opel Ampera.

And the young carmaker says achieving 100 mpg with Karma is not out of the question.


Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown offers another way to fuel the cars of the future that doesn't require a switch to natural gas.

Despite Toyota's disapproval of the $500 deposit on future plug-in Prius, one dealer plans to continue accepting them.

Chrysler circulating plug-in hybrid prototypes to dealers more advanced than earlier models. Pictured is the Chrysler EcoVoyager, in one of a trio of electric-drive concept vehicles it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.


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