Irvine-based Fisker Automotive has tapped the China Grand Automotive Group to bring its green vehicles to the region.
Fisker officials believe the rapid growth of luxury auto sales and carbon-emissions reduction efforts throughout the region make China an "excellent" market for the brand.
“We are extremely proud to be working with CGA to support Fisker Automotive in the fast-emerging Chinese market,” said Henrik Fisker, CEO of the brand.
China Grand Auto is the No. 1 passenger-car trader in the country, with a network of more than 200 retail stores that carry brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Lamborghini.
“With its vast network of experienced retailers CGA will give Fisker an instant and credible footprint in the region," said Fisker. "CGA’s attention to detail and excellent customer service will ensure Fisker buyers receive the level of service and peace of mind expected of a premium brand.”
Under the deal, the group will distribute, market and service Fisker's autos – beginning with the ultra-chic Karma plug-in hybrid, which will debut in April at the Shanghai Motor Show. Initial Chinese customer deliveries for the Karma are slated to take place next fall.
Meanwhile, worldwide preorders for the four-door sedan have hit 3,000, and the company expects to sell about 15,000 Karma vehicles a year around the globe.
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