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Geely's Ownership of Lotus Could Radically Change the Next Elise


Lotus had previously said that a new Elise would arrive in 2020, but that was before the company had new owners with more than lint in their pockets.

Last year, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales confirmed that a new Elise would debut in 2020 and it would be vastly similar to the current model. That was before it was bought by Chinese automaker Geely. Now, Gales has told Top Gear that Lotus could take a different approach with the next Elise thanks to the influx of cash and opportunities brought by Geely. We'll have a better idea of Lotus' intentions next spring when it finalizes its new-model plan.

Gales told Top Gear that Lotus is currently reviewing all of its future plans following Geely's acqusition, but was quick to point out that a new Elise is still on its way. Well, kind of.

"The Elise isn’t cancelled. Certainly not," said Gales. "But now we will be able to do something different, improved. It might not be called Elise. Everything is up for discussion. Not one new sports car, a few. Whatever we planned to do will become better."

Gales then gets into talk about how corporate synergies with Lotus' new Geely stablemate, Volvo, might help build a better sports car.

"The team here needs to think bigger, on a new global perspective. Geely says ‘What can we do? Where can we go?’ Imagine what we can do with Volvo’s 48-volt mild hybrid, for torque and lightness. Imagine an electric turbo and three-cylinder engine. It lightens the car, so we might change the whole chassis."

Top Gear posits that given Gales' comments, the current Elise might be kept in production beyond 2020, when Lotus originally planned to launch its replacement. That would mean US customers might have to wait a little longer for a new Elise than what was initially forecasted. It could be worth it, though.

Since Gales took over Lotus in 2014, the company has rolled out better, lighter, and faster versions of its existing models, and we've been really impressed with the results. Last year, the Evora 400 was runner-up to the Acura NSX in our Performance Car of the Year test. Top Gear also notes that Gales is "steeped" in Lotus history, with an understanding of what defines the company's greatest cars.

Like it did with Volvo, Geely will open up a lot of doors for Lotus. We're incredibly excited to see what the future holds for this brand, especially the beloved Elise.

Maybe don't change the name, though? We like Elise too much.
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I'm trying to be open minded. However, it seems like a mistake to delay getting another model for sale in the US, unless they are REALLY sure it is going to make a major positive difference in sales or production costs. It also comes across as missing the mark if 2020 goes by without a new Elise. Gales has been solid at delivering on his stated goals. I want to see that trend continue.

I'm not sure the Elise is the place for a hybrid. Many people associate "add lightness" with Lotus, and I struggle with reconciling that "less is more" concept with putting two power plants that require both a battery bank and fuel tank into a car that at least started out as something somewhat minimalist. Not saying Lotus should never do a hybrid, just saying that it doesn't seem to fit with the Elise, historically at least.

As an Elise owner, though, I should perhaps be happy. If the 2020 Elise doesn't share the ethos of the previous models, then those older models may continue to retain their value as the last of the <2000 pound ICE cars in the US.
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Now this is exciting and encouraging!

“Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago." says Clive Chapman - Son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus.
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“Each and every one of the sports cars produced by Group Lotus today carries the true spirit of Lotus, laid down by my father nearly 70 years ago." says Clive Chapman - Son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Director of Classic Team Lotus.
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These things are not in opposition to each other, Colin didn't exactly build the most robust cars...

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Quote: "These things are not in opposition to each other, Colin didn't exactly build the most robust cars..."

I'm sure Jim Clark would agree with that observation...
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These things are not in opposition to each other, Colin didn't exactly build the most robust cars...
I'm wondering if someone told him where he could safely sit on the car.
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I'm wondering if someone told him where he could safely sit on the car.
thats funny, admittedly your first stab went over my head

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