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  1. Seneca. The two Base blues are darker. The rendition of the Seneca in the pic looks a bit over-exposed. But it looks like a bright but cloudy day, so it could be the lighting. We really need some professionally shot photos!
  2. The new grey is Zinc Grey, going to be one of the extra 7 colours available for Base Edition. I saw it at the factory in January - similar to Crayon or Nardo Grey. Looks good.
  3. Maybe I'm showing my age, but it made me think of this...
  4. And that's in Tour drive mode with the exhaust valve mostly closed. Same as my spec, apart from the mismatched chrome tailpipes. Can't wait!
  5. Early deposit holders (UK deposits up to 12 July 2021) were told in Dec/Jan/Feb what their target delivery month was, from June to September. Lotus contacted people recently to say target delivery was delayed by one month (two months for some). No one has a delivery week/day yet and won’t get that until 2-3 weeks before delivery.
  6. Lowering cups are already an aftermarket option for the Evora and a similar approach should work for the Emira, for either suspension options. It’s more popular in the US and I think there’s a thread on LotusTalk about it.
  7. Delivery charge for an Elise/Exige last year was £850. Includes the transport company as well as the dealer. Then registration and Year 1 VED on top. All itemised on the dealer invoice. The Emira delivery charge is slightly higher but similar ballpark. Other marques sometimes hide the delivery charge in the list price.
  8. In the emails to June folks, they gave completion as June and hence delivery in July - that was the one month delay. I wonder if this July email is missing the part about delivery being in August?
  9. More info has emerged during today. I won't go into all the details, basically quality-related (Lotus want to get everything right) and that means they can't ramp up customer car production as fast as they had planned. There are also some temporary component supply issues but seems to be ancillary items like the black tailpipe finishers (hence the yellow BBC Eletre reveal car having black pack but silver tips). No customer deliveries now going to be in June. People previously told June are in the process of being told they are either July or August. Knock on impact likely to be +1-2 months for others previously told July to September. Impact on other countries and later V6 FE deposits and i4 FE, Base V6/i4 not yet clear. Impact on dealer demos, press drives of production cars etc not yet available.
  10. How did it sound out on track?
  11. You see that in the way they're majoring on the "direct retail channel" without considering end customers or dealers (sorry agents) and the parts they play in the ownership experience. And most of the senior people describe the cars as "product" now
  12. A beautiful day, a fantastic variety of cars and one of our largest ever turnouts with 35 cars.
  13. I don’t think anyone has had an email about second deposit unless they’ve contacted Lotus. The outbound exercise to i4 people was supposed to start on 8 April but looks to have been delayed.
  14. Customer Service are aware the confirmation email is wrongly saying V6 and have been warning most people if you phone in to get the i4 2nd deposit link.
  15. The latest reason given is they can't publish photos of cars unless they are production cars, in case the colour and build isn't to production standard 🙃 That's presumably why they did press reviews, videos and photos with a non-production colour 🙄 The latest estimate for publishing photos is "soon" - LOTUS = Lotus Often Tell Us "Soon" or Let's Optimistically Target Update "Soon"
  16. TomE

    Newlands Corner Sunday Brekkie

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    Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. This is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. Everyone welcome and we look forward to attendees from The Lotus Forums, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club and Club Lotus. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here
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    Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. This is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. Everyone welcome and we look forward to attendees from The Lotus Forums, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club and Club Lotus. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here
  18. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. This is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. Everyone welcome and we look forward to attendees from The Lotus Forums, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club and Club Lotus. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here
  19. Can you do search and replace on all the V6 FE dates: June now July, July now August etc
  20. That was my hunch - some sort of delay to type approval. If they'd said that in the email they'd have had some sympathy: "outside our control" and "doing all we can to address it" etc. This seems to be the new Lotus way of communicating - say as little as possible as late as possible. So the new moniker is Let's Omit Telling Us Stuff
  21. Same email. Very frustrated about the delay without an explanation and continuing poor comms (photos of colours anyone?). For me that’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, GRRC Members Breakfast Club and Lotus in the Peak impacted and three missed opportunities for Lotus to have an Emira on show. I guess I shouldn’t have relied on assurances I had from senior people.
  22. TomE

    Lotus Emira

    You signed up to T&Cs when you paid first deposit and again when you paid second deposit. But because this is the new Lotus direct sales model, you only got to read them on the website when you paid the deposit. They haven’t been emailed to you and you can’t now see them online. Similarly, you’ve got nothing in writing from Lotus confirming what specification they’ve recorded for you.
  23. As I said on your Facebook post, Lotus acknowledge the customer experience has been below par but have no interest in improving it. I’ve made my views known on this, including direct to Matt. It’s not going to change. I’ll enjoy the car and have a great (but now disillusioned) dealer … sorry agent. Sad to see people cancelling deposits this week because they’re fed up with the broken promises.
  24. TomE

    Lotus Emira

    I'm going off what Lotus Customer Care told me when I finalised my order and then confirmed last month when I checked about the process. Final balance is payable 30 days before delivery. I didn't ask how PX works as I'm not doing it, but I'd assume the "final balance" would be the part without the PX value. Whether this is "normal practice" I don't know, it's the new Lotus direct sales model. It's not a concern for me. I've bought several cars where I had to send funds a few days beforehand so the receipt of funds could be confirmed before collection.
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