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There are confirmed deliveries in the 500's. Also, 2-3 weeks ago I read a post where one of the board members was touring the factory and saw cars being built with VINs in the 900 range.

Sounds like they are up to about 50 per week from what I understand.

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Well, at the begining of the year they said they'd make 2200 cars in a year. Then they said they were going to add a third shift so they could increase production to 1100 cars in six months. Then they said they were adding a second shift to ramp up production again to an amazing 4400 cars in two years !!

Muahahahaha :D
 

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ChrisStarrUSA said:
Sounds like they are up to about 50 per week from what I understand.

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Their long-term production rate was 90 cars per week with roughly half scheduled to come to the US. With their added contract staff, they were at 100 cars per week about five weeks ago and on target to reach 120 cars per week by the end of October. The information I heard at the time, was that the expanded production was to be largely directed to the US to take advantage of the backlog before it dissipated due to the overly long wait.

That would put current targeted US production rate at up to 75 cars per week...though I suspect that not all of the expanded production will come here.
 

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That would put current targeted US production rate at up to 75 cars per week...though I suspect that not all of the expanded production will come here.
Plus of that 75 allocation as follows

35 lotus of atlanta
35 fox valley

4 to rest of east coast dealers

1 to california



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And to help Sownman out with his monthly survey, that California one won't be going to LA. :wallbang:
Thanks Chris you saved me another call to Duluth. :)

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Sorta off topic ..

I always seem to read 'Sownman' as 'Snowman', and 'ChrisB' as 'ChrisP' :)
 

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500 confirmed deliveries?

Chris:
Where are you getting the data that there's 500 confirmed deliveries? (Not that I doubt your input) Do you recall it looking extremely bias to the east coast? I'm in Southern California, and can tell you that I have only seen two Elises on the road thus far, and both in the same week.
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Re: 500 confirmed deliveries?

dechien said:
Chris:
Do you recall it looking extremely bias to the east coast? I'm in Southern California, and can tell you that I have only seen two Elises on the road thus far, and both in the same week.
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Fox Valley in Chicago is at 40+
Lotus of Atlanta is 30+

Call your own West Coast dealer, ask them. My guy in SLC is at 5
There is an uneveness of distribution that is astounding.

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We've got three dealers in the bay area, within 60 miles of each other. All told about 20 cars to date. With a 2-3 week lag due to travel time and delays getting to port we'd be 25+. SVAG delivered another batch this week. My car made it into port last week, so by next week another 2-3 cars.
 

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This is my major complaint with Lotus. I don't know why their allocations are so skewed. This is the practice which I can't see any rational explanation for. I can accept that backwoods Washington State might get so few cars, but California? The West Coast in general?

Generally I tend to see Lotus' side of things, but this is the practice of Lotus that is closest to destroying any customer loyalty I have as far as becoming a repeat purchaser. I don't mind a 2-1 allocation or maybe even 3-1, but 6-1? 8-1? That's being treated as a 5th class customer, and lacking any decent explanation, is insulting to West Coast buyers. I feel this way because there has been no decent explanation for this. I find it hard to believe Fox Valley has sold 6 X as many Esprits as the entire state of CA, or 2X as many as the whole West Coast.



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Re: 500 confirmed deliveries?

dechien said:
Chris:
Where are you getting the data that there's 500 confirmed deliveries? (Not that I doubt your input) Do you recall it looking extremely bias to the east coast? I'm in Southern California, and can tell you that I have only seen two Elises on the road thus far, and both in the same week.
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I think what he is refering to is that people have received cars with a VIN in th 5xx range.
 

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2-3 week lag?

Dear All:
I really can't accept the explanation of this 2-3 week lag for the west coast due to the additional traveling from the east coast to the west coast. The first car was delivered in MAY! Let's be generous and give Lotus 2-3 MONTHS of lag time to travel to the west coast. By this calculation, everything should have corrected itself by JULY. If some of the east coast dealerships like Lotus of Atlanta have delivered up to 40 cars, are we to assume that Newport European is to do the same? Within 2-3 weeks? Another way to look at it would be that Newport European, as of today, has not delivered anywhere close to the east coast dealerships 2-3 weeks ago.
There has to be another explanation.
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There is some formula. It involves Esprit sales history and some other factors. I've never seen the formula spelled out. The formula
figures who gets what. It does seem very coastal specific, or more precisely East or West of Mississippi specific. Thusfar western dealers do seem to run between 3 to 1 and 20 to 1 behind eastern dealers. It's difficult to believe that it is just Esprit sales. As was mentioned it's difficult to imagine that 3 SF Bay area dealers sold less than half of what was sold in Chicago ?

At any rate, what ever the formula is it is screwing over Western customers who are not at fault for Esprit sales. This is after all a new $40K model not an old $92K model. The current allocation
gaurantees that "small" dealers according to Lotus will stay that way, because they can't get cars to sell no matter what their customer demand may be.

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Espirit Sales?

Steve:

I, too, have read of the mythical formula which took into account the past Espirit sales. However, some 13 months ago, the rep at Newport European assured me that they are the premiere sellers and movers for Lotus Espirits in the west coast. Whether this is true or not, it remains somewhat irrelevant to me as I am a strong believer that most Espirits sold in the U.S. are in Southern California. As such, if not Newport European, then any one of the other Californian dealerships should be receiving much more Elises than they have up until now.

Randy once mentioned that the past Espirit sales were but ONE of the factors considered. Any updating data as to the remaining factors?

- dechien
 
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