I just spoke at length with a salesman at Tonkin Gran Turismo in Portland. He confirmed the Esprit rumor/fact. He also stated that the waiting list at their dealership was at about 20 and that they required a $2500 to $5000 deposit to be put on the waiting list. He told me that they were told that they would be given Elise's but was not sure as to when. They had an agreement with the president of Lotus of North America, but a couple of days later, the president was let go and replaced. I am not too sure of the validity of this particular statement. But because of the change in guard, he was uncertain as to the status of their ability to retain any Elise unless they were to purchase it from another dealership and charge an additional $7000 for the car.