New Karma and Pininfarina partnership to field three new models at Shanghai 2019

The California-based electric car manufacturer has teamed up with Pininfarina, with three debuts planned for the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

Karma Automotive has teamed up with the Italian design house Pininfarina, with plans to unleash three new models at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. So far, this low-slung coupe is the only car the partnership has teased, with further plans for a next-generation Revero saloon and a concept called the Karma Vision in the pipeline.

Karma’s collaboration with Pininfarina was quietly announced in January this year. The pair says it is aiming to push the Karma brand into the EV marketplace occupied by the likes of Tesla and NIO. The brand’s expansion will start in the United States before expanding into Europe and Asia.

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Little information has been released about the design of Karma’s latest concept, and this shadowy teaser shot is the only image the company has disclosed. All we know is that its styling was penned by Pininfarina and, given Karma’s reputation, it’s more than likely to feature an electrified drivetrain.

The three new models will form Karma’s ‘Shanghai Big Three’ product announcement. As part of its business plan, the firm also aims to acquire and develop a range of electrification, connectivity and artificial intelligence technology for its upcoming cars to ultimately grow its position in the global EV marketplace.

Karma’s CEO, Dr. Lance Zhou, said: “our business and product plan is driven by collaborating with like-minded and nimble partners, such as Pininfarina, whose design expertise will help us accelerate the product development, differentiation, and personalized customization that allows every Karma to be truly special.”

This new concept follows the Karma Revero extended-range electric vehicle. Powered by two electric motors, it produces 398bhp and 1330Nm of torque, can do 0–60mph in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 125mph. It has an all-electric range of 50 miles or when the batteries are being charged by the on-board petrol generator, a range of 300 miles.

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