Paris Autoshow General Impressions
So, I feel like we're all feeling a little overwhelmed by having all of these new cars thrown at us so quickly. To say the forum is divided over the new Lotus lineup is an understatement. Some people are saying that they look better than ever; some feel like the only attractive part of these Lotus machines is the little yellow badge on the front of them.
Personally, I love the Elite as a car, despite the fact that it doesn't remind me of a Lotus at all. The new Elan looks like a fun little car, and I have no problems with it. The Elise... the only good part is the rear end, which looks strikingly similar to the Elan's. Esprit's pretty much what everyone's been expecting, I think.
I think this whole thing will be a horrible disappointment to Lotus fans, but if Lotus wants to get seriously noticed in the current auto world, I think they're on the right track. These cars, as copied and bland as they may be, will refuse to go unnoticed by the press and a lot of upmarket buyers.
I just wish they, uh, wouldn't f*** with the Elise.