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First Evora is Delivered to Customer
Matthew Melling of Twickenham, UK received the keys of a
Storm Titanium Lotus Evora from Luke Bennett, Director of
Lotus Cars Limited at the Lotus Headquarters where the
new mid-engined 2+2 sportscar is hand built.
Many Lotus dealers around the world have already received their demonstrators
and Lotus has, so far, received orders for the next 5 months of production.
Demand for Lotus’ award winning Evora has meant that 150 extra new
manufacturing staff have been recruited to support assembly operations in
Norfolk, UK, a very positive sign at a time when the global motor industry faces
huge challenges. Full production is expected to reach the maximum rate by the
end of November 2009.
Luke Bennett, Director of Lotus Cars Limited said, “It is quite an emotional time
to deliver the first Lotus Evora to Mr. Melling. The whole team has worked
incredibly hard to design, engineer and produce such a stunning and high
performing sportscar and it is a great feeling to hand over the keys to the first
customer today. The Evora has won many awards around the world already so
we are not surprised that there is high demand for the car and I am sure that
each customer who receives their car will be delighted with their purchase.”
Matthew Melling, a customer of Stratton Motor Company, in Norfolk said, “I was
determined to be the first in the world to get my hands on an Evora so with
Stratton Motor Company’s help, I laid down my deposit within seconds of the
order books being opened last year. I have read all the press reviews of the
Evora and am so excited about getting behind the wheel – what a great start to
September!”
Picture caption:
Luke Bennett, Director of Lotus Cars (left) hands over the keys of the first
customer Lotus Evora to Mr Matthew Melling at the Lotus Headquarters in
Norfolk, UK.
ENDS
 

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Oooooo. Photo of the Lotus Factory! They wouldn't let us take any..

But the Evora is gorgeous. It is very easy to hop into, comfortable and really looks like it would be fun to drive. It will be fun to see how the re-sales are in 2014, as cars that are three to four years old come up for sale. I wonder if more people will use them as daily drivers?

FYI, there were ALOT of Evoras milling about the factory in August. It seemed like more of them and Teslas than anything else.
 

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Oh man, the first car delivered and they already goofed - the steering wheel's on the wrong side. :panic:
 

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And he picked out the best color too......:cool:
 

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There! That's better and now the nose badge and front plate will read correctly in the rear view mirror. ;)
 

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Patiently waiting for the chance to order mine... ha ha... finally a AUTOMATIC~!
 

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When are they going to be available in the US?
last is heard was spring 2010, and last i heard Dan at criswell had a few early delivery slots available.
 

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Someone at Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta has a light metallic green Evora. It drove slowly down vendor row this afternoon at Road Atlanta. I was too busy bugging out my eyeballs to try for a photo.

Very nice! I assume it's a promotional car, then.
 
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