Now c'mon Squidward, Inthered is entitled to their opinion.
I don't agree that an Evora looks like any Hyundai, but I think the point is it is a more restrained, milder styling design than the Elise and Exige - which to Inthered is more progressive or "futuristic" as he put it.
I would suggest the color of your Evora actually makes it stand out more and the enhancements you made help accent it compared to a more common color.
A problem here, with those of us Lotus enthusiasts who have supported and followed the brand for a while, watched the M250 and were anxious to see that translated into a production car. The Evora came out like a half hearted, milder, toned-down execution (no pivoting doors, open engine access, less agressive) ... albeit close. If Lotus made the M250 into the Evora, I guarantee this discussion and low sales wouldn't be happening.
Now having said that, the actual Evora is what it is. It may not be overtly flashy as a design but it isn't homogeneous either. I absolutely do not believe the Evora's primary challenge is its styling. The biggest issue most struggle to overcome is the perceived value. Perhaps that is what Inthered is getting at, if the design were so categorically beautiful, over the top or exotic it might either overcome its other shortcomings (which is perceived value). Sure, for some that may be true - there are buyers who willingly compromise for beauty. But Evora's sales are so disappointing that even if the quantity of theses buyers did actually purchase the car, it wouldn't offset it enough to be successful.
I have put my opinion out there in several threads...the best and only viable solution I see to building more sales is tackling the root cause of the Evora's biggest challenge - perceived value. Lotus's engineering has carried the brand, been a successful outsourcing venture, and established quite a successful reputation...this should be capitalized upon and showcase in its cars. That is really what Lotus does best. The Evora (and especially the next generation concept cars) do not possess much that is particularly revolutionary, forward or advanced. (Ok, vva - but no one sees that) Mclaren and Lamborghini are sure running with this and sports car buyers will not be forgiving if Lotus looses that cutting edge advantage and uniqueness. Lotus engineering needs to invest that engineering talent into the Evora to either lighten it more or get more power out of it to make the car stand out and be unique. That will do so much more than changing a grill opening, taillights or fascia. If Lotus is unable to find a cost-effective solution to lower weight or bump power, then they need to find ways to cut the cost. Materials used, vendor costs, production efficiencies. The home run would be if they did them all. Same goes for the next generation cars. The designs already fall short and the new management seem to be determined to obstanently go backwards when it comes to innovative efficient lightweight development.
Last edited by Vishus_1; 02-19-2011 at 07:04 AM.