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$100,000 DiCaprio car: Leonardo DiCaprio buys Fisker Karma hybrid

$100,000 DiCaprio car: Environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio buys a luxury plug-in hybrid 2012 Fisker Karma that reinvents the way a 'green' car looks – and drives.

$100,000 DiCaprio hybrid car: Environmentalist actor Leonardo DiCaprio paid handsomely to save the planet.

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Environmentalism has come a long way, baby.

Actor Leonardo Di Caprio’s sleek new 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid automobile is a far cry from the Toyota Prius. It looks more like a Jaguar than jellybean. That makes sense when you learn that it is the brainchild of Danish auto designer and CEO of Fisker Automotive, Henrik Fisker. He also designed the BMW Z8 roadster.

Some may debate how eco-friendly owning any kind of car really is, given the automobile's contribution to traffic congestion and the Earth's resources used in manufacturing vehicles. Walking, biking, or taking public transportation are much more eco-friendly. But can you really imagine a megastar like Mr. DiCaprio walking to work or riding the subway? He wouldn’t be able to move for all the fans – never mind dodging the Nikon snouts of the paparazzi.

Famous for starring roles in films like ‘Titanic,’ ‘The Departed,’ and ‘Inception,’ DiCaprio also is well-known for his commitment to saving the planet. He flies on commercial planes rather than private jets, and reportedly has solar panels on his house. He bought a Toyota Prius in 2006. Last year, DiCaprio was plugging the Tesla Roadster, a electric sports car, which sells for $109,000 (Tesla reports that 1,650 have been sold so far). At Russia’s tiger summit in 2010, he gave $1 million to the Wildlife Conservation Society. But then again, DiCaprio earns $20 million a picture. Clearly, some people are above a down economy.


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