And we'll also get the tilt wheel and cruise and central locking and DVD movies and GPS and cupholders and built in XBOX and heated electric seats. All the stuff you've been advocatingwallabyguy said:Although there has only been 2 Lotus models to ever offer an auto box (Elite and Excel), don't be surprised to see a manu-matic or paddle shifter/ SMG appear on the Elise in the future. In order for Lotus to keep sales up in the US after the preorders are done, they will almost definitely have to offer such an option. Toyota would certainly be able to offer a box option to this end to work with the VVTiL engine. It may not happen until 2006 and the introduction of the "next" Elise, but it will happen. The sales possibilities in the US are too great to ignore.
Maybe with a Porsche or Ferrari SMG. Toyota? More like tap the paddle and wait, wait, wait, bam, you are in the right gear (or at least you would have been if it engaged quickly)when going into the corners hard, just tap the paddle and bam, you are in the right gear.
i consider myself a real buyer , and among many enthusiasts here, who prefers manual > SMG(like) > Tiptronic(like) gear boxes.wallabyguy said:... Lets face it, in the US you need some variation of the slushbox in order to attract real buyers.....
i have no idea that your use of 'real buyers' meant 'sustained market interest'. thank you for your explanation.wallabyguy said:My use of "real buyers" was in reference to sustained market interest. There will be a large number of people who will love the idea of owning a Lotus Elise but either don't know how to drive a stick or are unwilling to deal with one in their commute. Right now, as I mentioned before, this is not the case but once the car is available at dealers (say early-mid 2005) these cars are going to be cross shopped with Z4, Boxters, Corvettes and 350Z Roadsters, all of which offer some type if not multiple types of slush boxes. Lotus will need to continually offer something "new" in order to avoid the VW Beetle problem where after an intial strong demand for the car is over (i.e. everyone who wanted one orginally got one), something has to make either new buyers show up or encourage old buyers to trade in and up. The Elise may never get an auto, but then a M250 type car maybe required to keep Lotus from experiencing a "flash in the pan" burst. A serious investment in the product line is going to need to be made in order for Lotus to succeed. this may come in the form of additional models or prehaps just "special editions" like the exige and 340R. Luckily Lotus is working down market at this point which will save it from the problem Volkswagon is having with the Phaeton in Europe. I know Lotus is planning the expansion of their line, I just hope they don't delay the new models too long or the momentum of the Elise launch will be lost.
ClydeLotusmonza said:To save money, Lotus decides to paint all of the cars Aztec Bronze.
--you say that but I'm a believer in the Aztec. Wouldn't by a sheet of paper but in person.....WOA!
--not enough turkey this year!