As with one of those blockbuster three-team NBA trades that actually improves the fortunes of every team involved, a report in Autocar indicates that Renault, Infiniti and Lotus are in talks that could benefit both manufacturers and enthusiasts. Renault is considering a production version of the devil-in-blue Alpine A110-50 concept but has said that it "probably needs more than the Renault-Nissan Alliance on its own." Enter Lotus, whose Evora platform could supply the running bits for the mid-engined Alpine revival.

That same Evora platform, in range-extended 414E concept form, is the basis for the Infiniti Emerg-E concept. Even though a decision hasn't been made on the Emerg-E's production, it is still being developed and the company has admitted that it "could be built in Britain." For its part, Lotus has said that it's ahead of schedule on the Evora 414E, with its 408 horsepower, 738 pound-feet of torque and 30-mile electric range. Development funds from both Renault and Infiniti could help make all three cars a closer possibility.


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      EZEE
      • 20 Hours Ago
      They found asbestos - ASBESTOS! In Chinese cars sold in Australia. Asbestos! (over on Auto Blog).
        Marco Polo
        • 20 Hours Ago
        @EZEE
        @ EZEE Asbestos has been outlawed in Australian automobiles for 20 years. The PRC company 'Great Wall Motors' , and the PRC government, signed an agreement to not allow any asbestos parts to be imported to Australia, then promptly, not only included asbestos components, but also re-labeled replacement parts to disguise the asbestos content. If that had been GM or Ford, the unions and left wing press would be screaming ! But the Australian Labour Government has simply exempted the importer and Great Wall Motors from any penalties, and not even issued a recall, allowing the parts to be replaced when normal servicing is done. The problem extends to 6000 cars. The Minister responsible, refused to answer questions as to what arrangements have been made for the proper disposal of the asbestos. This is common problem when dealing with PRC companies and should be remembered by Sino-philes when comparing PRC and Western business practices. The reason PRC goods are often cheaper is due to the terrible price in human suffering paid by PRC workers, and the environment.
          EZEE
          • 20 Hours Ago
          @Marco Polo
          The part that gets me is, my job is worker safety and loss prevention. As such, I read asbestos. Asbestos! Dear Lord. I think that maybe the government of china must be looking at the 'greater good' (or as spec said, 'why negotiate when they are doing what is good for the people) and therefore just ignoring this sort of thing, and allowing it to happen. Asbestos! In my line of work. Those who worked with it without proper PPE (personal protective equipment) are referred to as 'The walking dead.'
      Spec
      • 20 Hours Ago
      Somebody is jealous of the success someone else had with an electrified Lotus vehicle.
      EZEE
      • 20 Hours Ago
      2wheel! Watch this: http://thechive.com/2012/08/15/the-invisible-bike-helmet-might-just-be-one-of-the-best-inventions-of-the-year-video/ Invisible bike helmet
      Giza Plateau
      • 20 Hours Ago
      Hmm, is that what the world wants and needs. The designs lack real eco credentials and when Lotus builds them they become expensive.
        throwback
        • 20 Hours Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        The "world" does not want any one particular car. However, a few wealthy enthusiasts may want one of these cars and use their money to buy one.
        porosavuporo
        • 20 Hours Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Is that what the world wants ? You must be blind ! And 738 lb/ft don't lie