Luxury plug-in hybrid maker Fisker Automotive Inc. said today it has opened a dealership with Penske Automotive Group in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The store gives Fisker 80 retail outlets globally, 48 in North America. The Scottsdale dealership’s grand opening is scheduled for next month, a company official said.
Penske operates 336 dealerships representing 42 brands, plus 29 collision repair centers, according to a statement.
Fisker makes the Karma plug-in hybrid, which travels about 50 miles on lithium ion battery power before a gasoline engine takes over. The car has had trouble with its batteries -- including a shutdown during testing by Consumer Reports magazine. Fisker said last month it has sold 1,000 Karmas. They are priced at $103,000, including shipping, before a $7,500 federal tax credit.
A statement announcing the dealership did not indicate if more Fisker-Penske dealerships were in the works.
Matthew Malfitano, Fisker’s director of North American operations, said in the statement: Penske’s “support speaks volumes about Fisker’s market potential. Fisker is proud to be part of the Penske team and we look forward to a fruitful relationship.”
Penske, headed by Roger Penske, ranks No. 2 on the Automotive News list of the top 125 dealership groups in the United States with total new vehicle sales of 154,829 in 2011.