Hmm. In early July they were much more realistic - 70-80 at 6-8 per month. Again, I don't think even Lotus themselves have figured out how they'll distribute other than stating (though I can't find the reference at this point - probably on the old official forums) that there will be a fixed total allocation (ie. minimum per dealer) and a variable total allocation.ConeFusion said:The dealership expects to get 250 cars the first year! Sounds a little optimistic.
That's why I found their ad in the local alt-weekly (Riverfront Times) to be rather curious - the only reason they could have for actually spending money to promote the car (as it's safe to assume a dealer could pretty much sell all they can get within reason) would be if the total number of cars they'd get was dependent on the number of orders they take as of a certain date.
If it truly does oversell prior to release (and we have no reason to believe it won't), the logical scheme would be to allocate each dealer x cars plus 1 car per y orders over their fixed allocation - so someone who's 75th at a dealer that has 125 orders may get a car while someone who's 50th at a dealer with 55 orders might not.