Yesterday Fisker announced it recently added a First Prize in the International Design Award (IDA) competition to its growing list of awards, plus a silver trophy for innovation by the Edison Awards.
The IDA covers a host of design subjects including architecture, interior, products, fashion, graphics, but as you might expect, Fisker’s Karma qualified as a product, specifically one for transportation.
“As a car designer, there’s nothing like having your work recognized and appreciated by other people in different disciplines of the same industry,” said Fisker co-founder and executive design director Henrik Fisker. “We are honored to have the IDA recognize and endorse the sleek and bold design of the Fisker Karma.”
As for the silver received by the Edison Awards, the plug-in hybrid had to hold its own among a judging panel of more than 3,000 top business executives, including some past Edison Award winners, as well as those from Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), plus academics and leaders in product development, design, engineering, science and medicine.
The Edison Awards are said to “represent the spirit of innovation personified by Thomas Edison,” and are intended to inspire “America’s drive to remain in the forefront of creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.”
Thomas Stat, 2012 Edison Awards steering committee chairman, said the Karma definitely earned its place.
“As the pace of innovation quickens and the ‘race to next’ becomes ever more competitive, it’s increasingly important to take a moment out of our hectic lives to recognize excellence in innovation and greatness in the teams of innovators who make our future,” Stat said. “We are honored to present Fisker Automotive with an Edison Award as one of the leading innovators of today and tomorrow.”
“Fisker Automotive is an emerging company driven by American innovation,” said Fisker CEO Tom LaSorda. “That’s why we think it’s great that the Karma’s bold and disruptive approach has been recognized with an Edison Award, which is often reserved for larger corporations.”
Beyond these latest awards, the Karma in recent months was also the first American car named BBC Top Gear’s Luxury Car of the Year. The Karma also received Automobile Magazine’s 2012 Design of the Year Award – one of only five American cars to win in the award’s 23 year history. It was also nominated as one of TIME Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2011.