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Jean-Marc Gales Interview

Short and sweet, but there's hope!
http://europe.autonews.com/article/2...m-3-new-models

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Interesting......

in another thread somebody linked to Lotus HQ jobs and there's 4 pages of them !!!

I personally couldn't care less about an SUV - sure a LOTUS one would be cool but i hate them and pick up trucks which is what most seem to drive here in Vancouver.

As long as the cars stay in the UK and they keep making them !!
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I want something to turn my head from the McLarens. They are the only constructor out there that could do it for me.

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Okay, I'm looking forward to August when they tell us what 2 cars to expect. I feel fairly confident this will happen.

Will it be a new Elise and Evora? The Exige would follow in 2021?
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Thanks for posting the interview. I can't help but like the direction under Gales. Still, I have to wonder if he is being overly optimistic about what the SUV sales will do... To think they will more than triple sales and nearly quintuple revenue by adding an SUV?

I think it is almost obvious that the new Elise would be one of the two cars coming up next. The other car is really where I'm left speculating... An Elise based Exige, that would be realistic and I guess count as a different model. A new Evora seems like a lot to take on.

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I want something to turn my head from the McLarens. They are the only constructor out there that could do it for me.
If McLaren was making a manual gearbox option, I would truly lust for one...
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If McLaren was making a manual gearbox option, I would truly lust for one...
Me too.

An entry level, manual McLaren. Smaller and less powerful than a 570S and around 2,500lbs. Very doable for them, but it would make money?
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Right, no way any auto trans can be satisfying. Unless of course on a track going for 1/10s and truly trying to catch or leave that nemesis car. But for many of us driver involvement means pursuing that perfect shift.
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Four years for the SUV? Well, it was January of 2010 when the first post on LotusTalk appeared asking if the Evora roadster was going to be delayed - so I'm not holding my breath. And, in a 10/16 interview with M. Gales, he said there would be an SUV prototype running by the end of 2016, the Evora Roadster would be released between June and August of 2018, and the new Elise would arrive in 2020. I can't wait for the next interview with M. Bahar Musk Gales.
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As much as I want to believe Galas, he never seems to comment on what was already promised and he never seems to have any dialogue for Lotus plans in the US. For instance, what about the GT 430? No updates on the Roadster which was supposed to be such an easy project. No mention of beefing up US customer service which is their #1 achilles heel. If you can't improve that you might as well forget about new product success. Over 10,000 SUV units sold annually starting in 2020? Is that figure based on research? Right now it seems like just a pipe dream and an SUV with Lotus DNA seems like an oxymoron. So what does the brand offer us until then? There are several left over 2017 Evora 400's sitting at dealerships all over the country that are deeply discounted and still unsold yet 2018 models are rolling in with Sport 410 rear hatch and front access panel as upgrades with an MSRP in the $113 - 115 K range. Assuming these MY 2018 cars won't be discounted, who is going to buy them? They are called "Launch Edition" and limited to 40 units. Now, do you really believe that those 40 units will be sold without deep discounts if they just sit in inventory? Hope I'm wrong.
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I'm all for the SUV. Make it in China and sell a boat load of them if that will allow Lotus to keep making the Elise/Exige. It worked for Porsche and I suspect with platform sharing with Volvo, Lotus can succeed as well.

Heck, a Lotus SUV would make a fun family car for me so I can't wait!
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A Lotus SUV or crossover or whatever a tall four door might be called could be fun. But please find a way to have them look like a Lotus and nothing else, especially the new Lambo. Itís great and everything but not our flavor.

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