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Lotus Elise Will Return to US in 2020
Aug 04, 2015 - 4:16 PM - by AutoGuide.com

Lotus Elise Will Return to US in 2020

Lotus will bring the lauded Elise sports car back to the U.S., but driving enthusiasts will have to wait until at least 2020 to get their hands on one.

Sales of the lightweight British two-seater were halted in America in 2011 after it no longer met certain safety regulations and its exemptions expired. The company recently confirmed the Evora will make a return to the U.S. in the form of the 400, which arrives in December of this year. The Evora has been tweaked to get all the right safety certifications, and speaking to Automotive News, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said that similar upgrades will be made to the next-generation Elise, due out in 2020.

The struggle for Lotus will be keeping the next-generation Elise light while incorporating the necessary safety equipment like more airbags and changing the front crash structure to be more robust.
Lotus Elise Will Return to US in 2020 » AutoGuide.com News
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Lotus 3-Eleven Revealed
Jun 26, 2015 - 4:04 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Revealed today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Lotus 3-Eleven takes the brand's philosophy of performance through light weight to a new level.

Weighing less than 2,000 lbs and making 450-hp horsepower from a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 3-Eleven promises to be, "an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit."

To be offered in both road and race trims, Lotus says it will be the quickest Lotus ever, with a 0-60 mph time of less than 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph (road version).

Full power comes on at 7000 rpm with max torque of 332 lb-ft available from 3500 rpm to 6500 rpm.

Both Road and Race versions will be available, with the street car making use of a 6-speed manual transmission while the track model will come with a 6-speed sequential transmission using paddle shifters.

Race models will also get a more aggressive aero kit and meet FIA specs with a racing seat and six-point harness.

Based on a new aluminum chassis, the 3-Elevent makes use of a lightweight composite body with an open top design.

Power makes it to the ground using 225/40 ZR18 front and 275/35 ZR19 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Race versionw ill make use of Michelin Cup 2 tires.

“This new car is a giant slayer, capable of embarrassing far more expensive rivals," said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales speaking at the car's unveiling. "It condenses
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Lotus Moving US HQ to Detroit, Evora 400 Deliveries This Year
Jun 24, 2015 - 3:45 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Lotus is back.

Halting deliveries of street-legal cars in 2014, Lotus Cars USA Inc., will resume normal operations this year.

The British sports car maker has announced it will begin the first deliveries of its new Evora 400 model in December of 2015, with the car being sold as a 2017 model year vehicle.

As part of a larger restructuring of its US operations, Lotus will move its US headquarters from Lawrenceville, Georgia, just outside Atlanta to Ann Arbor, Michigan where it will share facilities with Lotus Engineering. Inc.

In a statement Lotus says the move, “will ensure that both divisions can grow their individual operations, while benefiting from improved efficiency through sharing a number of business functions.”

SEE ALSO: Lotus Evora 400 Pricing

Jean-Marc Gales, Group Lotus plc CEO commented that, “North America, as the largest sports car market in the world, is important for Lotus, both for model sales and for our engineering consultancy business. By having both of our USA organisations located in Michigan, we shall be within the heartland of the USA automotive sector, where the headquarters of some of the most important, influential and significant automotive manufacturers and suppliers are based. This will reaffirm our presence in the North American market, by providing improved customer service, better technical and consultancy support, while ensuring that we have access to a
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Lotus Evora 400 Pricing Announced
May 18, 2015 - 3:20 PM - by AutoGuide.com

The Lotus Evora 400 will cost $89,900 when it starts to arrive in the U.S. next year.

Production begins this summer, but the first models to leave the factory will be sold in Europe with other global markets to follow. Lotus revealed the Evora 400 for the first time during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March as the fastest and most powerful production Lotus car ever built. As the name suggests, this car is based on the Evora, but it turns a lap at the company’s test track six seconds quicker than the Evora S.

Top speed is limited to 186 MPH with the ability to run from 0-60 MPH in 4.1 seconds. Like other versions of the Evora, this car uses a mid-mounted supercharged V6, but in this case the company tuned to to make 400 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Lotus says that over 66 percent of the Evora 400 is new compared to previous models.

Both a manual and an automatic transmission are available. The manual comes standard with a limited-slip differential. While the company was busy tinkering beneath the surface, they also added a revised clutch disc and a low intertia flywheel to improve how the car shifts.

The price means that the Evora 400 is going to be less expensive, quicker and equally as powerful as a Porsche 911 Carrera S, which makes 400 HP, runs to 60 MPH in 4.3 seconds and starts at $98,900.
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Why Won’t My Car Start?
May 05, 2015 - 10:13 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Without a doubt, every owner dreads the moment when their car won’t start. What should you do? Who should you call? Can you fix it yourself? Here’s a list with ten common reasons why cars don’t start up and what you can do about it.

'The first step is to define the no start' said Joe Spadafora, certified instructor at Universal Technical Institute’s Exton, Pennsylvania campus. Spadafora spent the majority of his career in working in the service department of several dealerships and receiving factory training from GM. He’s certified as a Master Technician and certified by Chrysler as a Dodge Viper technician . He also holds certifications from Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Lexus and Scion as well, so if there’s something wrong with your car, chances are he’s seen it before.

To diagnose the reason your car isn’t starting, you need to pay attention to happening when you turn the key. 'Does the engine crank but not actually start or, when you turn the key, does literally nothing happen?' he said. 'In a customer’s eyes, the following two options are the same because both create a scenario that results in the vehicle’s failure to run.'

While the two situations might seem similar, they have very different meanings that are important to a mechanic and can signal different problems calling for a variety of solutions.

'It’s important to note that a vehicle is an extremely complicated machine and can exhibit similar symptoms for a variety of reasons,' he said. 'That is why it’s important to first
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