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I was at Lotus on 9/25 and they told me that they had completed the 550th U.S. Elise a few days before.

While there I saw ~200 Elises parked neatly waiting for delivery to European customers. The ones that were going to be loaded into sea containers for the U.S., Japan, etc. were elsewhere.

So, the pipeline must be full by now... Hopefully the flow to U.S. customers will improve soon. Mine was supposedly built in August, but I'm still waiting for delivery...
 

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I heard from the dealer that one ship is due in port Oct. 2 and another is due in Oct. 9. Both are East Coast on those dates.
 

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DCNSX said:
I heard from the dealer that one ship is due in port Oct. 2 and another is due in Oct. 9. Both are East Coast on those dates.
I can confirm that there's an East Coast ship arriving on Oct 2.

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oooh baby i hope all the "extra" cars are sold at a minimal to no markup over msrp!!!

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Chococar said:
I was at Lotus on 9/25 and they told me that they had completed the 550th U.S. Elise a few days before.

Allocation....

Lotus of Atlanta 100 cars
Balance of dealers east of Misissippi 375 cars
West of Mississippi dealers 75 cars
 

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Sownman said:
Allocation....

Lotus of Atlanta 100 cars
Balance of dealers east of Misissippi 375 cars
West of Mississippi dealers 75 cars
sownman,
where did you get these number????

:(

west of the miss
 

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West of Mississippi dealers 75 cars
Hmm...so St Louis being on the Mississippi is in the Twilight Zone. :)
 

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They are my own invention based on talking to a few dealers and spending way way to much time reading posts here and at Pure Sports Car. Call your west coast dealer, how many cars has he gotten so far ? My two (western) dealers have a total of 7 cars.

Guys in the upper 30's at Lotus of Atlanta have already gotten build dates. My SLC dealer has been told 20 cars through February. This info from the same Lotus that said 8 cars through August . They got 0 cars through August.

Don't get upset by what I type I'm just bitter. It probably isn't that bad, but it may be worse.


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Hmm...so St Louis being on the Mississippi is in the Twilight Zone. :)

Which bank is it on ?


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Which bank is it on ?

DOOMED
No, you guys are doomed, because we're getting all of the 75 West of Mississippi cars! :p ;)
 

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I have it on good authority that all future cars will be going to 'the chosen ones' in
California........as soon as they can guarantee that no more earthquakes are forthcoming. Until that is a certainty, we
in the other parts of the country will take in their vehicles and give them 'official'
IOU's!:p
 

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No, you guys are doomed, because we're getting all of the 75 West of Mississippi cars! :p ;)
It is the 'gateway' and the 'arch' of the westward expansion.
 

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Sownman said:
Allocation....

Lotus of Atlanta 100 cars
Balance of dealers east of Misissippi 375 cars
West of Mississippi dealers 75 cars
Sounds about right to me. Overseas in Dallas is expecting the 7th customer car in "late October." Using the past 'expected' versus actual arrival dates as a guide, that puts realistic arrival closer to late November.

Hmmm.. 7 cars in 4.5 months. It is wonderful to take it up the $#*@! with the allocation favoritism. No no, I'm not bitter or anything...not in the least. No bitterness here. I'm sure I'll love the 2009 Lotus Elise.
 

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Sownman said:
They are my own invention based on talking to a few dealers and spending way way to much time reading posts here and at Pure Sports Car. Call your west coast dealer, how many cars has he gotten so far ? My two (western) dealers have a total of 7 cars.

Guys in the upper 30's at Lotus of Atlanta have already gotten build dates. My SLC dealer has been told 20 cars through February. This info from the same Lotus that said 8 cars through August . They got 0 cars through August.

Don't get upset by what I type I'm just bitter. It probably isn't that bad, but it may be worse.


Steve
It sounds like they have been given a few more than when I last heard about allocation. LCUSA need to sort out this allocation though. People on the east coast wait a few months to get a car and those that have been waiting since the initial announcement still don't have theirs!!! :huh:
 

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Chococar said:
I was at Lotus on 9/25 and they told me that they had completed the 550th U.S. Elise a few days before.

While there I saw ~200 Elises parked neatly waiting for delivery to European customers. The ones that were going to be loaded into sea containers for the U.S., Japan, etc. were elsewhere.

So, the pipeline must be full by now... Hopefully the flow to U.S. customers will improve soon. Mine was supposedly built in August, but I'm still waiting for delivery...
My head hurts trying to reconcile this information with what the dealership told me.. that VIN #650 was finished 9/20 and waiting to ship.

Is it possible that they skipped 100 numbers in the VIN sequence?

550 cars would average about 13 cars EACH dealership, obviously with some getting generous heapings and some scraps.. But still, where did they all go?! We're hearing delivery numbers like "2" and "6".. who's getting 20+?
 

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As the uneven allocation seems to be going I think the mistake was not going to Lotus of Atlanta. We should all be going to LOA. Think about it....

Lotus doen't charge $795 delivery fee, they just get all the cars to Atlanta. I'm sure avoiding the headaches of moving cars around would completely thrill them. All of us go on one long list, so we get the cars in the order we should. Now, somebody in Utah may wait 22 months while somebody in Florida or Atlanta only waits 9 months. That unfairness is eliminated. Every buyer can use his $795 towards getting his own car home. Drive it, fly it, truck it, your choice. Service centers can be eliminated by giving everybody a shop manual to give to your local mechanic.
Sure it's not perfect, but the current "system"? is far worse, unless of course you live in Atlanta, where the only unfairness is paying $795 to transport the car a few miles.

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My head hurts trying to reconcile this information with what the dealership told me.. that VIN #650 was finished 9/20 and waiting to ship.
My vote would be for a dealer mistake. LIE, spells mistake

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I was told that my car was built in the middle of August right after they got back from vacation and is right around #300. This means over 250 cars would have had to been built in the 6 weeks since then, or an average of 41+ cars a week.

This comes to about 2200 cars a year

I didnt think they were up to full production yet:confused:
 

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As I recall from LOG, they were at full production the week before LOG in B'ham. Which is around 45-50 US cars a week.

Also the 500 US car was built the week of LOG.
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They were at 270 cars at end of July, averaging almost 50 cars for the US per week, with a slight delay because of the early August Holiday. So mid August would indeed be around 350.

The one disconnect is the numbers refer to cars coming off the assembly line and the other number is cars at dealers or customers. There is a large number of cars in between, in transit.

Figuring 5 weeks or more for west coast, and at least 4 weeks for east coast, you have at least 50 cars times 4 weeks, or 200+ cars in transit at any time.
 
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