Lotus Elise And Exige Production For North America Ending In August

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Lotus Elise And Exige Production For North America Ending In August
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According to a report from Autoblog North American-spec production of the Lotus Elise and Exige will end in August, leaving the brand with only the Evora to sell as its sole product. Since its debut in 2004 the Elise, and its hardtop Exige sibling have won accolades from enthusiasts and journalists alike, but have always… Continue Reading...

Lotus Engineering Claims Lots Of Interest For Hybrid Engine

Lotus Engineering Claims Lots Of Interest For Hybrid Engine
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The hybrid engine that first appeared in the Lotus Evora 414E concept is supposedly attracting interest from 3 major manufacturers, according, according to a Lotus official. Chief project engineer Lee Jeffcoat told Inside Line that there is interest from “several OEMS in 5,000-10,000 units annually, for a potential annual output of 30,000 engines,” as well… Continue Reading...

Revamped Lotus Evora to Get More Aggressive Styling, Improved Interior

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Revamped Lotus Evora to Get More Aggressive Styling, Improved Interior
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Now that Lotus is under the tutelage of Danny Bahar, the company is trying to revamp the Evora, a car many enthusiasts forgot even existed. Lotus’s “Porsche-killer” seats four (two adults and two man-children in the backseat) in the guise of a grand tourer, but sales in North America have been sluggish, to say the… Continue Reading...

Lotus Evora Police Car Hunting Down Speeders in the UK

Lotus Evora Police Car Hunting Down Speeders in the UK
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Having a little fun in their own backyard, Lotus has lent out a brand new Evora to the UK Police Force, more specifically the Central Motorway Police Group. Lotus’ hot new sports car features the traditional British Police flair on the exterior, including neon yellow accents contrasted by a dark, rich blue. The themed Evora… Continue Reading...

Lotus Plans Evora Refresh, New Exige Before Major Debuts

Lotus Plans Evora Refresh, New Exige Before Major Debuts
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Although the onslaught of all-new Lotus products is still years away, the company is apparently plotting to inject some new blood into the company portfolio in advance of their rebooting as a brand. The mid-size Evora will allegedly get a refresh in 2012, about a year after the new, more powerful Evora S debuts. The… Continue Reading...

Hertz Now Renting Lotus Evora, but Only in Italy

Hertz Now Renting Lotus Evora, but Only in Italy
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Looking to perhaps grow the Lotus name in the land of exotics, Lotus has just announced a deal with Hertz Italiana S.p.A. to offer the new coupe for rent in Italy. “I am delighted that Lotus has renewed this agreement with Hertz and we’ve been given the opportunity to make our stunning world class sports… Continue Reading...

Lotus To Launch Winter Driving Academy In Finland

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Lotus To Launch Winter Driving Academy In Finland
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Of all the automakers that offer winter driving schools, Lotus seems like the worst fit. With their famous British reliability and bare metal cabin surfaces, the prospect of driving a Lotus in freezing temperatures strikes us as a task fit for British masochists like Max Mosley. But with Lotus’ re-branding, a new emphasis on the… Continue Reading...

Lotus Looking For Funding For Evora Hybrid

Lotus Looking For Funding For Evora Hybrid
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Lotus is readying plans to build two Evora hybrids but is waiting on funding for the project from the Technology Strategy Board, a publicly funded think tank in the United Kingdom. The prototypes, known as the Evora 414E range extending hybrid, will go forward, with at least one being built. However Lotus needs additional funding… Continue Reading...

Lotus Fielding Inquiries From Other Companies Interested In Using Evora Chassis

Lotus Fielding Inquiries From Other Companies Interested In Using Evora Chassis
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Lotus Engineering has had inquiries from other manufacturers interested in using the Evora platform for their own applications.  The use of other companies utilizing a Lotus chassis is not without precedent, as the Tesla roadster and Vauxhall VX220 were both based off the Lotus Elise. The Evora is a good candidate for a small volume… Continue Reading...

Lotus Terminates Dealer Network As Brand Moves Upmarket

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Lotus Terminates Dealer Network As Brand Moves Upmarket
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As part of its attempt to re-position the brand as a competitor to Ferrari and Aston Martin, Lotus is axing its entire European dealer network in an effort to revamp the level of customer service provided by its sales centers. Lotus CEO Dany Bahar alerted dealers that their contracts would not be renewed on July 18, 2012… Continue Reading...

Lotus Ditches Lightweight Philosophy As It Pursues Volume Manufacturing

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Lotus Ditches Lightweight Philosophy As It Pursues Volume Manufacturing
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We can already hear the cries of “sellout” from enthusiasts across the world. Lotus announced that they were abandoning their “lightweight and simple” design philosophy in favor of increasing volume and building more technologically advanced, luxurious and upmarket sports cars. Proton, the Malaysian owner of Lotus, pledged in 1996 to make Lotus profitable within 5… Continue Reading...

Report: McLaren MP4-12C To Be Offered In 2+2 Variant

Report: McLaren MP4-12C To Be Offered In 2+2 Variant
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McLaren’s MP4-12C is the company’s first road-going 2-seater car. No, really. The British racing firm’s first effort, the McLaren F1, was famously equipped with a 3-seater configuration, with a drivers seat mounted in the center, and two bucket seats mounted on either side. A famous saying (sometimes attributed to F1 designed Gordon Murray) is that… Continue Reading...

Lotus Europa Getting the Axe by Year’s End

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Lotus Europa Getting the Axe by Year’s End
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Lotus will cease production of the slow-selling Europa model later this year. Designed as a more refined option to the Elise and Exige twins, the Europa was also based on the same chassis. Introduced in 2006, it essentially filled a slot in the Lotus lineup until the Evora was introduced, filling a spot for a… Continue Reading...

Lotus Evora Slightly Less Expensive than Advertised

Lotus Evora Slightly Less Expensive than Advertised
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After announcing that the new flagship Evora sports car would be priced from $73,500, Lotus has now announced a slightly less expensive model will be offered. The cheaper model does lose a few things (two to be exact), but Lotus enthusiasts aren’t about to miss them. The items in question are the two rear seats,… Continue Reading...

Lotus Engineering Previews The Next Decade Of Passenger Cars

Lotus Engineering Previews The Next Decade Of Passenger Cars
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“Add lightness,” is the world famous maxim of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and decades on, the British specialty firm rigidly adheres to their mantra, producing cars like the Elise, Exige and Evora that can hang with the world’s best supercars and still deliver terrific fuel economy, thanks to their featherweight construction and efficient powertrains. But… Continue Reading...

First “Naomi for Haiti” Lotus Evora Fetches $496,000 at Charity Auction

First “Naomi for Haiti” Lotus Evora Fetches $496,000 at Charity Auction
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Over the weekend, the first three of eight “Naomi for Haiti” special edition Lotus Evora sports cars were auctioned off, with the first car fetching $496,000. The vehicles, created by supermodel Naomi Campbell and Lotus Design Director Donato Coco, were auctioned off at the Fashion for Relief event held during Fashion Week in London with… Continue Reading...

Lotus to Auction Off Eight Naomi Campbell-Designed Evoras for Haiti Relief

Lotus to Auction Off Eight Naomi Campbell-Designed Evoras for Haiti Relief
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Lotus has teamed up with supermodel Naomi Campbell to create eight limited edition Evora sports cars that will be auctioned off to help with relief efforts in Haiti. Campbell and Lotus Design Director Donato Coco created the unique paint scheme, which includes the colors of the Haitian flag. All “Naomi for Haiti” Evoras will be… Continue Reading...

Report: Patent Filing Reveals Lotus Planning 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission

Report: Patent Filing Reveals Lotus Planning 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
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A filing by Lotus at the U.K. Patent Office has revealed that the British sports car maker is working on a dual-clutch transmission. The quick-shifting unit is reportedly a lighter unit than anything on the market and is a simpler design although you’d never guess it from the details of the patent filing, shown above… Continue Reading...

Gallery: The Concept Lawn at Pebble Beach

Gallery: The Concept Lawn at Pebble Beach
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While the real stars of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are the vintage autos, the Concept Lawn is a special place where future show-stoppers are put on display. While some of the models are actually concepts, many are rare coachbuilt models and a few are full-production cars. In the concept category there was the luxury… Continue Reading...

2010 North American Car & Truck of the Year Nominees Announced

2010 North American Car & Truck of the Year Nominees Announced
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We still have more than half of 2009 to go and already the list of 2010 North American Car & Truck of the Year nominees have been picked. That’s because the list is essentially a list of every new model for 2010. Nominated for car of the year are: the Audi S4, BMW Z4, BMW… Continue Reading...