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Fisker Surf

The Frankfort Motor Show was the location of the Fisker Surf plug-in hybrid revolution, although the design ideas had been on the minds of the company designers since 2009. The Fisker Surf shares a power train with the Fisker Karma, but the Surf is a wagon with five doors, giving more utility to drivers.

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The Fisker Surf is a station wagon merged with a sports car, according to the company co-owner. He is fond of cars that he calls "super cool", but also cars that you can live with and perhaps take a trip in, even with luggage. Fisker is not a newcomer to design. He has worked with Aston Martin and BMW, and the Surf features earth-friendly gear like you'd find on a specially-designed green car.

The seating of the Fisker Surf is made with a tanning process that is low in emissions, making this an Eco-friendly car. Synthetic materials will also be available, for animal-friendly buyers. You may opt for a glass roof, which comes standard, or a solar roof that is even lighter than glass.

The wood trim of the Surf comes from recent fire-ravaged trees in California, and even from Great Lakes logs that were recently found submerged and that have been re-purposed. The underside, carpet, metal trim and seat cushions are recycled, as well.

You can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds in the "sport" mode of the Surf, using electricity and gasoline combined. Using all electric power, it takes 7.9 seconds. The car is not light on torque, but it is heavy in weight and it has only one gear ratio. Motor Trend reports that the Surf is about 77 pounds heavier than the Fisker Karma. They will also be designing a multi-speed transmission on future models, to improve speed potential and efficiency.

Fisker is a small company, with lots of talent, and good but not bottomless funding. The Surf, with its composite and aluminum body, has only 233 unique parts to differentiate it from its older sibling, the Karma. They utilize a different design process when you compare them to other companies. Nothing pertaining to the Surf was an afterthought. It was named after ocean waves, as inspired by the ocean at their new California company home.

There is almost 29 cubic feet of cargo space when you lower the back seats of the Fisker Surf, and, although it won't be doing any heavy hauling, it does have a handy segmented trunk for workday use. The company is also designing an attractive roof rack to carry other items, including sporting goods like skis, snowboards or surf boards.

The wheelbase of the Surf is as large as a family wagon, although passengers in the back seat may find the space limited, if they are tall. These dimensions were kept tight purposefully, so that taller passengers will opt to ride in the front, or drive. Even so, the Surf is a niche vehicle, which it not intended for everyone.

Fisker creates new and innovative vehicles, like no one else's. They accept the risk in creating smaller cars that are not mainstream. The Surf may be too extreme for some people, but for others, it may be just what they have been looking for.