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Old 11-22-2012, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's new at Lotus?

Haven't seen any DRB Hicom news releases for at least one month. There's a SELOC article dated 11/15 which says Exige S cars still on track for first dealer deliveries by end of month - which of course means none have actually been produced. What's the scuttlebutt?
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Haven't heard anything. I ordered my Evora about three weeks ago and was told April for delivery. That's the only thing I can really contribute.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Toronto dealer seems to have received some new Evoras in the last couple of months. It now has 5 new ones in stock.

So it looks like Lotus is still building cars.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've seen variations of this story on multiple websites this week. I guess it's good that the design team is still forging ahead.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There were 3 in the Austin dealership showroom this past week.


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Old 11-24-2012, 04:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There are some sales and marketing events coming up starting in January. The Esprit looks like it will make it. Trouble is we got so much more marketing with Bahar that the contast seems greater with the new owners.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Good to hear. I'll be watching. They've been running some lease and finance deals on the Evora in the UK, but it wasn't clear whether it was factory or dealer sponsored.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It would be great if someone close to Lotus could confirm if they are actually back to building cars.

Perhaps Bibs (from the other forum) might know....?

I'm waiting for confirmation on mine.....
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It would be great if someone close to Lotus could confirm if they are actually back to building cars.

Perhaps Bibs (from the other forum) might know....?

I'm waiting for confirmation on mine.....
What do you mean? Of course they're still building cars.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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What do you mean? Of course they're still building cars.
Not what a dealer told me... And also with the suppliers problem that Lotus has, where would they get parts to build cars ...?
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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They temp skipped building dealerdemo and press Exige V6's to produce and deliver client cars.

Some cars where released last week.

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I think you need to differentiate between US/North America & UK/European dealers. Lotus never halted production for the North American market and there might have been a slight delay for MY12 but that was only due in part because of the the IPS transmission which delayed cars until late Feb. of 2012. MY13's have been trickling in so I don't see where there was a halt in production. Again, maybe for UK/European dealers but definitely not US.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:24 AM   #13 (permalink)
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OK, OK now I want one and they won't bring it to the states except for track use. Bollocks
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I was only referencing the Exige. It does not seem that there was a stop on the Evora - other than what Abe mentioned - which probably had an effect on the US because of the IPS but less so than in other countries.

I guess getting in to the new Exige is even more difficult, based on where they placed protective foam on the blue car. above. But anyone with side sills already knows this.
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Bollocks indeed.

The new Exige is the dogs bollocks and I want -but can't get one- here.
The Evora (IMHO) continues to be bollocksed up with a 'soft' nose.
Lotus owners are bollocking up the company and may drive it into receivership.

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They temp skipped building dealerdemo and press Exige V6's to produce and deliver client cars.

Some cars where released last week.

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I love how they're reading the car of the year edition of Evo, in which the Exige V6 got joint first place (tied with the Pagani Huayra)!


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California never looked so far from Europe than it does by looking at the above pictures.

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Just saw this, figured I'd update this thread

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Looks like the 2013 Exiges are rolling out:

Lotus begin delivery of the Exige S to dealers | The Lotus Forums

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I read an article recently that said Morgan was enjoying its best year ever, as sales of its three-wheeler have taken off (remember this is Morgan so everything is relative in terms of size), but what caught my eye was the fact that they can't sell either the Aero or their classic models in the US because of the two-stage airbag issue. McLaren and other small-volume producers have solved this. Given the smarts of the Lotus engineers, and at least some financial backing from DRB Hicom, and the size of the US market, is it really conceivable that they can't figure this out? Put somebody else's seats and airbag modules in the d_mn car and bring it over! I know I am oversimplifying this, but still. Isn't their some Ford/Honda/Vauxhall parts that can be smushed in there somehow? It's not exactly like the current Elige interiors are ergonomic works of art. And, a little more weight versus the V6 would seem to be a pretty reasonable sacrifice. I think a lot of us would be willing to get a new Lotus, but a) you can't now except for an Evora - and I want a removable top; and b) why would you have in the past, when there was almost no difference between a 2005 and a 2011? A new engine would be a definite motivator for me.
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