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Guys,
I got this post from the Yahoo lotus list?? What gives? Surely this can't be for real. I emailed some blokes in the UK, no confirm yet.


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I just read something wierd. Seems that Lotus is selling the
tooling for the Esprit to Kia. According to the press release on the
gglc site - www.gglotus.org Kia will be building the Esprit with Kia
power. Didn't Lotus do this with the M100 Elan? I can't believe it's
happening again!

This is certain to ruin any resale value of a "real" Esprit when
there's hundreds of Kia clones running around.

Anybody know anything about this? Mike Causer can you help explain?
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Kiyoshi and GGLC are usually pretty well up on things, surely they wouldn't do this again, jeez, let the car go out with some dignity, it had a long run but to sell the car/idea to KIA??????????? Ouch.

Chris
 

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Definitly trabants, that line up has needed a second car for a while.
 

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I think that would go along with Kia's apparent business model.

The Amanti is an attempt to build a luxury car on par with Mercedes and Jaguar at a fraction of the cost.

Now that they're getting the tooling for the Esprit, Kia will be able to build exotic performance cars on par with Ferrari and Lamborghini at a fraction of the cost.

I can see their TV commercials now:

Who ever said that performance comes at a price?
Where is it written that exotic cars are for the few?
We couldn't find it anywhere.
The new Kia Lotespra - starting at $19,995
 

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Now that a many of you are joining the ranks of the Lotus community, you have just experienced the annual "Kyoshi April Fool's Joke".

It's been a long tradition, and you will learn to look forward to them every year. :cool:

Tim Mullen
 
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