Karma Automotive to move HQ and open store in former Kawasaki HQ in Irvine
【Summary】A few weeks after Karma Automotive had an “online unveiling” for its new Revero, the automaker announced that it will move its headquarters to a new building in Irvine, California.
A few weeks after Karma Automotive had an "online unveiling" for its new Revero, the automaker announced that it will move its headquarters to a new building in Irvine, California. The building (pictured above) is Kawasaki's former USA headquarters.
The company also confirmed that it will open its first company-owned store at the new location. Last month, Karma announced that it will distribute its cars through both dealers and company-owned stores, but at the time, it only announced dealer agreements and no official stores.
OC Register talked to Bixby, Karma's new landlord, about the new location:
Kawasaki moved this summer to Foothill Ranch. Bixby bought the 262,000-square-foot Irvine building last April for roughly $44 million. It was planning a $20 million renovation before the new lease with Karma preempted those plans. Karma will conduct its own improvements, a Bixby representative said Wednesday.
The two-building campus includes a two-story atrium. Bixby, in renovating the site, sought "a progressive-minded tenant that would value the unique configuration," Aaron Hill, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.
The building is located at 9950 Jeronimo Road in Irvine. Here are renderings of the plans for the renovation:
As we reported earlier this month, the Karma should officially debut the Revero next month. The luxury sedan is expected to go on sale for $115,000 with deliveries starting in 2017. The vehicle is expected to have about 50 miles of all-electric range before the gasoline engine kicks in.
resource from: electrek
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