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What ever happened all the new cars Lotus was talking about making a few years ago?

They showed renders and CGI boards of new cars, including a new Esprit and Elite...absolutely beautiful cars, but the Evora seems to be the cream of the Lotus crop. Was the previous president just over ambitious or were they're claims just unrealistic?

For a minute, it seemed the company was posturing up to do what Alfa is trying to do now...
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They showed renders and CGI boards of new cars, including a new Esprit and Elite...
All that is old news. The CEO at the time had wild ambitions (not necessarily a bad thing), but not project management skills. Only the new Esprit ever saw significant development. CEO Dany Bahar was ousted due to mismanagement and abuse of company privileges. The lineup stagnated for a while until Jean Marc Gales stepped in. He's extremely sharp, and a great project manager that brought the company back to profitability. The souped up Evora 400 finished development and is set to sell like hot cakes next year, other ambitions include an SUV to be sold initially in China and a next gen Elise that will herald the return to the US market.

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales Talks Evora 400, Future SUV

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just read my auto signature, and that pretty much all you need to know....

"I really started paying attention to cars was when they came out with the Nissan Z, the first body. Then I seen the Cherokees, the old square ones, and I was like, “Wow, that’s cool.” Then I seen the Isuzu jeeps and I seen the Wranglers."
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just read my auto signature, and that pretty much all you need to know....
God, they made him VP of design and his only idea was to make the color palette more flashy

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he had a lot of other ideas, like flying into the factory on a helicopter to explain to the design studio that he knew style. and had a big idea about giving his friends free cars, and ... some idea about... bigger wheels? or something... genius!

hence why i refer to "that" CEO as "he who shall not be named"

i am still waiting for lotus to issue a formal apology to the world

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Not much else to add except when someone I know screws up Ialways ttell them that " they pulled a Bahar"!

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