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Selling 6 cars instead of 5 in China would be a 20% increase. There really is nothing to celebrate at this moment in time beyond Lotus's survival but hopefully it will start to make some kind of sense

Lotus staff got free hot drinks vending machines back in August, was a very welcome move and much appreciated from the people who work there. Sometimes the little things can make a big difference 👍

Having spoken to a few of the long time Lotus guys still at Hethal i can confirm my LOVE for Lotus is back on the straight and narrow, Jaguars/McLarens are not for me!  I just need to have more p

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I found an article suggesting that the SUV could get announced later this year, and to start build in China shortly. Mind you how many times have articles appeared to indicate that a new Lotus was on its way, but nothing actually happens.  Bought the autocar mag as above so I could show the wife what we could replace her RR evoque with....

https://carbuzz.com/news/the-lotus-suv-is-coming-sooner-than-we-thought

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Looking at that carbuzz article and the first picture - they had better not be thinking of fitting the Elise/Exige S3 lights to the front of the thing, people will most likely want to be able to drive an SUV in the dark :lol:

 

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11 hours ago, duncx said:

Looking at that carbuzz article and the first picture - they had better not be thinking of fitting the Elise/Exige S3 lights to the front of the thing, people will most likely want to be able to drive an SUV in the dark :lol:

 

Cause sometimes it is dark when taking the kids to school.

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That doesn't appear to have any interesting styling cues, certainly nothing from the Evija anyway (digital wing mirrors would be something) but then I guess there's not a lot you can do with what is essentially a brick with headlights.

How official are these pictures?

I would have expected something better than that if that's what it will look like, so I'm disappointed at this point in time 😞

There's definitely more to be done with the front and rear arches

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27 minutes ago, Techyd said:

That doesn't appear to have any interesting styling cues, certainly nothing from the Evija anyway (digital wing mirrors would be something) but then I guess there's not a lot you can do with what is essentially a brick with headlights.

How official are these pictures?

I would have expected something better than that if that's what it will look like, so I'm disappointed at this point in time 😞

There's definitely more to be done with the front and rear arches

It’s all guesswork - all will be revealed I’m sure, when Lotus are good and ready. In the meantime best to just ignore all the press speculation and guesswork.....

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The picture shows that it has a fuel filler cap and twin exhausts a the back. (It's also got something funny going on with the back wheel.) Previously we have heard that there will  only be one more ICE Lotus, will this be it?

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No. 

And those renders are just that. Bored journo's fiddling with photoshop. 

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88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

Evora NA

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4 minutes ago, mg4lotus said:

Previously we have heard that there will  only be one more ICE Lotus, will this be it

One word - just one.

 

ESPRIT

Only here once

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The SMMT figures for lotus' registered in the uk show that less cars were sold in 2020 compared to 2019. For years I have tracked the figures for lotus and some others.

look at https://www.am-online.com/data/manufacturer-insight

can see in 2019 they say there were 225 cars registered and in 2020  171 cars  - that looks like a decrease to me... not surprising due to covid though.

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3 hours ago, Nathan Pitman said:

Even more impressive is that they sold more cars in Germany than the US and the UK!

I don't see this as a surprise at all.  The driving experience is valued by the Germans.  In the US we dont have access into the affordable Lotus market, not even a little bit. 

Accessibly is a problem here, and the Dealers have a very low margin to work with.  That creates what appears to me, even less accessibility.   

Otherwise I suspect the Elise would be the "Canyon Rat's weapon of choice".  But Lotus isn't being marketed towards those people here, much of the adverts are focused on the "Lifestyle Poser" types,  which in my personal opinion doesn't portray the creation.

What do I know though, I've had the Opportunity to drive some very cool cars in my most recent hobby.  I've met some amazing people,  and I dont work for Lotus, I'm just a fan.  I'm sure the USA marketing team knows what they're doing.  

Me?  I'll just wait until I can find a reasonably priced used one, that some scene poser traded in for the next greatest thing.

I will admit my frustration though I've never been asked "Why do you want this car?"  In such an authoritative tone by a Salesperson.  That moment is why I dont own a Lotus.

But I hope to in the future 

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They haven't been released. The only indication of numbers was some time ago when they said that the first year's production was sold out but they didn't say if that was one car or one hundred.

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