Thanks Julian. I wasnít there Friday evening to hear LCU speak, but did talk to them directly after the banquet. Appreciate the info you posted.
Btw, I canít imagine the Federalized GT430 not having the front splitter.
Really nothing specific on those cars at the Friday reception. Lotus USA talk was on the 5 new models, electric all cf, super car (not the Esprit), the SUV and 3 sports cars in the lotus tradition mold. No names but probably the next generation Elise, Evora and Esprit .. over next 5 year span, then a regular interval model replacement cycle.
All future cars will be co developed fro all Lotus markets Euro, Federal, ROW and will be introduced simultaneously; maybe it means the car is the lowest common denominator, but in reality next years euro safety and emissions standards are last years US standard and China is trying to get on par with the toughest regulation. I universal car means lower parts inventory cost, less support costs tracking variations and ability to reassign prodcution to markets that boom, or pull out and reassign cars from market that wane.
Lotus USA Pricing model is being reevaluated, dealer markdowns are due to Lotus incentives plus desperation by dealers. Lotus wants to shore up pricing, stopping dealer big drops but will themselves lower MSRP's to be more realistic. Someone heard a huge drop in GT430 price of 105 base, I don't know I didn't hear it but cheaper than 150 yes for sure it will be. Cheaper than my Sport 410 at $127,530 MSRP, who knows, <face palm>
Lotus has hired a 3rd party marketing group .. process is starting
Lotus is evaluating dealers are at 43 in US and plan to get to 50 plus 4 independent service centers per dealer scattered around dealers regions to fill in the gaps. Additional training of techs, claim that parts supply has greatly improved in last 3 months.
Back to the GT-430, planned introduction at a southern US track in 1st week of December, 3 day event with dealer drives, classroom and 3rd dat interested owner drives. Invitations will come from dealer to those with reservations, and maybe those that show strong interest to dealer. Customers will be able to spec and order their own car at the end of the test drives .. so while not stated, pricing may be given at this function and cars could start hitting customers in early 2019. The engine will be a US certified 430 Hp.