Long established Lotus dealer Bell & Colvill are leading the way throughout Europe in new car sales for 2013/2014 according to figures obtained by TLF. Followed closely in the UK by the team at Lotus Silverstone and Scottish dealer Murray Motors the strong sales figures show that the public’s appetite for Lotus Cars is heading back in the right direction. Sales are being helped by the new Exige S coupe and Roadster and Lotus Motorsport clearly have a winner with the Exige S Cup which is selling in good numbers all across Europe. Volumes are an increase over recent years, now even topping the numbers seen several years ago during the previous sales peaks and with 4 of the top 10 dealers in the UK it’s clear that the appeal of a new Lotus is back with force. With some very competitive finance deals available including a 4.9% APR offer and a 0% 50:50 over 2 years it’s also financially one of the better times to get yourself into a factory order Lotus. Production volumes are now increasing and quality is at a very high level thanks to the work of Lotus COO Aslam Farikullah the current waiting times for a new road car are around 16 weeks and slightly longer for Cup variants which are finalised by Lotus Motorsport after factory production is complete.
Elsewhere in the EU Germany’s Exklusive Kollektion / LOTUS München leads the way followed by Marcassus Sport in France and Thierry Verhiest in Belgium. The Evora Sports Racer continues to offer a very good value way to purchase a fully optioned edition of this model and the Supercharged and Chargecooled Elise S is making significant headway, offering a much more powerful version of the Elise compared to the previous 1.6l naturally aspirated variant.
Used cars are holding their values well with the rarer, more sought after older cars seeing significantly increased values, for example the Esprit and Elise S1. Stock as ever is hard to find and good cars aren’t staying on the market for long fetching more often than not a sum very close to if not exactly the asking price.
With the recent news of a new CEO taking over the helm at Lotus it appears that the company’s future is looking rosier than it has over recent years, some welcome news for all Lotus fans.