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Lotus unveiled a flurry of new concept models earlier this year at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Five brand-new concepts took center stage, but there was a sixth vehicle unveiled that got far less press – the Lotus City Car. According to CAR Magazine, Lotus head Dany Bahar says that the City Car will arrive in production form for an October 2013 launch date.

The City Car rides on a platform developed for a range-extended hybrid powertrain. A 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine powers electric drive motors, which are mated to a single-speed transmission. This means that around town, the Lotus City Car will be able to run solely on battery power, while the gasoline engine can kick on for needed assistance if necessary.

Lotus is planning to build three versions of the City Car; one for Asia, a European version and eventually a sportier model.

[Source: CAR Magazine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      All the original cars were small,...Cortina,7,....why the hate?

      I'm all for ANY Lotus at this date and time.

      "Hums theme from Prisoner"

      • 4 Years Ago
      Colin Chapman is spinning in his grave.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As long as its the lightest "city" type car around and handles very well he may only turn over sideways and not completely around.

        Guess this is the cost of trying to expand as a car company sadly. Though to be honest I'd rather drive this than a rebadged Toyota pretending to be another upmarket brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure on that one until it is put through the paces it may be the purest lotus of the new batch. It could be the simplest, and without a doubt will be the lightest. If they keep the battery pack low it at least has a chance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This CAFE nonsense is ludicrous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Im going to have to go with Kodiak with this one. It's going to wait for a long term test. I thought Lotus was designing this more as a way of selling its technology instead of the cars themselves to the public. So it might be about as good as you can get for a car of its size.

        Where the new normal Lotuses are big and heavy this one would be designed to be as light as possible staying in line with truer Lotus tradition
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank you Dany Bahar, for desecrating the Lotus marque.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And this is why I'm going to the Lotus dealership at the end of the month to order an Elise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love it. Sure hope the sporty version is destined for the United States.
      I'll bet Colin Chapman would approve.
      In '65 my dad bought an Opel Kadett from a Buick dealer. There was a new Elan on the showfloor. I was in love. I couldn't get over the satin, non-chrome bumpers. So cool.
      Times change, cars change, but minimalism endures.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it is light and handles brilliantly it will be a proper Lotus.

      That it is a cute city car is no matter as long as the basic tenets of the company are adhered to. And we need fantastic, cute, economical city cars - well, in Europe we do anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      people need to stop acting like the world is over because the Lotus brand is changing, and keep bringing up Chapman in his grave, using every way possible to dramatically say that its the end of Lotus or that these aren't true Lotus cars. The bottom line is that its a business and it has to do what it needs to to survive, all other brands have changed to remain competitive and added weight because requirements and standards to meet and Lotus is not any different. Most people that whine and complain are people that have never owned a Lotus, let alone drive one, and just enjoy reading about how quick and agile it is, nobody knows yet how capable these new vehicles will really be and I'm sure they'll be amazing and better than their current offerings and still be as light as possible. A bare bones Lotus Elise will still be offered, theres another reason to complain about the new direction they're going in. And in actuality Lotus is going back to their roots, the roots of the brand that have been forgotten, theres more to it than just being lightweight. Look it up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry people but I really like that car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To all haters and purists.... recall the problems Jaguar had before rebooting their brand perception, this move is needed and will take time I only wish she was powered over the read wheels with a high reving 1.4 or 1.6L.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lotus
      1952-2010


      Just 'cuz it says Lotus on the front, it doesn't mean it's a Lotus. Same goes for those other cars they want to build.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least those other tubsy concepts were performance orientated. This..this is just a farce.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like Toyota IQ
      • 4 Years Ago
      That top looks alittle more Yaris crossed with an IQ, I like.
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