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Despite the barrage of concepts presented at the Paris Motor Show, Lotus still has lots of planning ahead as it maps out the future. Five concept vehicles were revealed in 2010:the Elan, Elise, Elite, Esprit and Eterne. We've got an update on two of them.

Car and Driver says that the Lotus Esprit should arrive by 2013. The Elan, however, has a murkier future. Forget 2013; it's been speculated that we might not see it until 2016. Blame the Lotus Evora.

Orignally, Lotus planned to shut down the Evora so that it could give way to the Elan. Now, Lotus management has decided that the Evora deserves a traditional model cycle. Should the Evora continue into a second generation, it puts the Elan's existence into question. If a second-generation Evora isn't developed, a next-generation car, then new Elan will arrive and fill in the open lineup spot.


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      Groagun
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm happy to see that most of you care about Lotus and it's future. The problem is the idiot that sits at the helm now. I am completely unapologetic about my criticism and hate for this little stupid man. He has absolutely no business running a car company, even one as small as Lotus. The Evora may not be what every enthusiast is looking for and it may be the "step child" Bahar inherited( and yes he wants to get rid of it) but it is the only car he has right now that has any potential sales numbers. The Elise and Exige aren't selling: dealers have months of stock and no need to order any more. The Evora S is the only real option for sales at the moment. The problem with the Evora S is it's price and direct comparison to the Porsche Cayman S or R. Those cars aren't quite as good but for 99% of the buying public they fit the bill just fine and are cheaper and serviced in any town anywhere in the world. Most of all of the other mistakes made by this moron you have all mentioned in your posts; I particularly like the "marketing 101" piece, but do not forget about the money. That is what makes the world go around and Bahar has none. The parent company Proton of Malaysia are basically broke and are currently being forced into a merger with a larger Malaysian car manufacturer and who knows what hurdles and challenges that will bring if it comes to fruition. As you can tell, I have no faith that Bahar will ever make any of his plan work and I hope not. He has crapped on the history, tradition and culture of Lotus and should be sent on his way as soon as possible. The big fat overpriced Lotus of his world is absolutely the wrong direction for the company and I hope someone will step in an restore the company first and then take into the future by remembering it's core and past. One final note if you have made it this far, the Esprit. had already been penned and engineered long before Bahar showed up. It sits on the Evora chassis, suspension and brake components. The Evora is the junior Esprit: his hate for the Evora is so stupid and I hope most of you see that.
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Groagun
        Amen. Bahar was nothing but a merchandise man at Ferrari: Someone who sold overpriced socks with Scuderia logos, making money at the expense of the brand's equity. Proton mistook his division's profitability for an ability to run a car company. It's clear now though that he is an utter fool, incapable of even the most basic tasks of an executive and alienating all who would help him. Lotus, I fear, will suffer for the error of his hire and may not be long for this earth.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Groagun
        You know what I would like to see them make? A cheaper modern version based on something like the 7. A nice little MX-5 type-ish little track toy.
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      The subtext here: "Danny Bahar's entire strategy just flew out the window with all of the assumptions he used to slap it together." Bahar never liked the Evora (a stepchild he inherited) but as a seller with fantastic chops, its value can no longer be denied. At the same time, his money men have finally shown him that this ridiculous notion of launching a fleet of different (and overlapping) sports cars is madness. What they haven't realized yet: By revealing all of those cars years ahead, all at once, they effectively swept any "surprise" needed to create buzz at launch. It is a marketing 101 no-no. If any of those cars reach the market, they will look dated and expected. Not exactly the leverage one needs to get buyers into showrooms. Bahar is an unqualified fool. Plain and simple.
      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      That last sentence is pretty bad.
        letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blake
        "If a second-generation Evora isn't developed, a next-generation car, then new Elan will arrive and fill in the open lineup spot." It has a redundancy. I'd rewrite it as "If a second-generation Evora isn't developed, then a new Elan might arrive and fill in the open lineup spot."
        vansentenj
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blake
        Would you be so kind then to point out what is so bad about it? I don't mind criticism, as long as I can use it to improve my writing.
          P
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vansentenj
          If you need it to be spelled out, you have absolutely NO BUSINESS writing for Autoblog. A child would receive an "F" for that sentence. The fact you can't see it means Neff and Lavrinc may need to step up their oversight of editorial.
          rsxvue
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vansentenj
          You guys are talking about two different posts.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I so fear that Lotus is trying to expand way too quickly to be able to support all these upcoming models. I rather see them pare it down to like 2 or 3 models that they do totally right, than overreach and do five 1/2-baked cars.
      G Prodigy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't consider buying a Evora knowing the Elan is under development. Waiting until 2016 is punishment to the consumer that is aware of these concepts. He's right, that last sentence flows strange..."a next-generation car" part throws off everything
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about the new Elise? I think that is going to be the model that is going to raise some eyebrows if it delivers on its promises.
      Katsuro
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forget the Evora, it's looks are already outdated! Bring the Elan into production and just kick back and rake in the cash! I'd definitely wait to spend my money on an Elan rather than buy an Evora now.
      Jesus follower!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks waaaay too Honda in the front.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      this make exige look ugly ...nice look I hope they use some decent powerplant as a K24 Vtech or some old SR20VET kind of
      paulwilson05
      • 3 Years Ago
      You are so committed to bring us news on a Saturday!
      joejoe509
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm... I can't blame them for giving the Evora a "traditional" life cycle. It's a great car and it represents a new beginning for Lotus. Give the world some time to wrap their minds around the idea of an every day livable Lotus, before the onslaught of new product. With a refresh or two, it could stay somewhat competive. But like someone else said - knowing there's something far superior coming soon down the pipeline, I'm likely going to hold off until then. Not only that... a mild refresh or two probably won't be able to hide the fact that the rest of Lotus' lineup is much newer than the Evora. And they shouldn't dilly-dally around too much. They should ride this wave of hype and excitment while they can!
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