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Lotus Cars – Lotus Cars Celebrates 1000th Exige S

Exige S 1000th Car 061114Lotus announced last week that they had built their 1000th Exige V6, with this milestone car destined for the Lotus Test and Development team for sign off of the new automatic gearbox option.

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The 1000th Exige S has just rolled off the Lotus production line marking a key milestone for the British sports car and is testament to the skill and dedication of the workforce based at Hethel, Worcester, Wellingborough and North Norwich.

Since its launch in 2012 the Exige S and its Roadster sibling has achieved critical acclaim for its agility and handling performance, receiving praise from the international media and high profile accolades. The Exige has been impressing customers too, particularly in Japan where the car has received most of its orders followed by the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong and Belgium. Continue reading

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Lotus Cars – Lotus Expands Exige Product Range with Introduction of Exige S Automatic

Exige S AutomaticFollowing it being spotted recently testing at the Nurburgring, Lotus have today announced the latest addition to the Exige range – the Exige S Automatic.

Although specs haven’t yet been given the Exige S Automatic likely shares its drivetrain with the Evora S IPS, with the gearbox calibration suitably altered to match the Exiges more aggressive driving characteristics.

The Automatic gearbox takes 0.1s off the Exiges 0-100kph time, bring it down to just 3.9 seconds, and is a £2,000 option for both the Exige S coupe and Roadster.

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Lotus Cars – Russell Carr appointed Head of Design for Lotus

News today that Lotus Head of Design, Donato Coco, will be leaving the company at the end of October, to be replaced by Evora designer and 24-year Lotus veteran Russell Carr.

Discussion: SELOC Chat » Russell Carr appointed Head of Design for Lotus

Group Lotus plc announces the appointment of Russell Carr as Head of Design for Lotus. Russell joined Lotus in 1990 and in that time has worked on many of the designs produced by Lotus. Russell replaces Donato Coco who leaves Lotus on the 31st of October 2014.

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc said, “I would like to welcome Russell to the role. Russell has a proven track-record of producing distinctive and compelling designs for Lotus over the years and is perfectly positioned to lead the Lotus design team in the future.” Continue reading

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Lotus Cars – The Lotus Elise S Cup, a road-going variant of the Elise S Cup R completes testing.

Following on from it being spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring recently, Lotus have announced the road going version of the Elise S Cup R racer – the Elise S Cup. You can find the full press release below…

Discussion: SELOC Forums – SELOC Chat – Lotus Elise Cup R roadcar?

Lotus Cars – The Lotus Elise S Cup, a road-going variant of the Elise S Cup R completes testing.

Elise S Cup 03_09_14_HEROAfter a successful first season of racing the Elise S Cup R completes the next stage of its development and is evolved with a road focus to bring a touch of motorsport to the road-going Elise. To ensure its race car pedigree is not lost, the Lotus Test and Development team has been putting the newest version of the Elise through its paces on the Lotus test track and the famous ‘ring’. Continue reading

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Evora, Exige and Elise prototypes spotted in the wild

Whilst news of new model variants has been fairly quiet of late signs are emerging of revisions being made across the Lotus model range.

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Source: http://www.autojunk.nl/2014/08/lotus-19

Source: http://www.autojunk.nl/2014/08/lotus-19

First up, a camouflaged Evora was posted recently testing on the continent on AutoJunk.nl. Little is known about this car, however photographs suggest that the front bumper has been re-profiled to some extent, with the lower brake vents possibly removed and a larger vent higher in the bumper seemingly visible through some holes in the vinyl wrap.

The cars engine bay is also covered, leading some to speculate that a change of engine could be in the offing, particularly given that Euro VI engine regulations are set to come in to force in 2015.

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Lotus Cars – Lotus Delivers Best June Results in 4 years and Best First Quarter Sales in 3 years

Lotus range sketch with and without house high2Positive news from Lotus this week, with the company announcing their best June and First quarter international sales figures in a number of years.

Today, Group Lotus plc is pleased to announce a 31% rise in global sports car sales for the first financial quarter of 2014.

For the period 1st April-30thJune the company increased its overall sales volume by 31% to 505 units compared to 386 units for the same term last year. The results which deliver the best first financial quarter for 3 years, also show best June results in 4 years with sales of 192 units.

Key global territories that showed the highest increase in sales were France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. The improved performance is attributed to increased demand for all three vehicles in the Lotus range being the Lotus Evora, Lotus Exige and Lotus Elise, with industry-leading residual values ensuring that a Lotus purchase is an easy decision. Continue reading

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Lotus Cars – 3: It’s the Magic Number

Lotus MY12 Range, Hethel PitlaneLotus have added a great new incentive for new owners in the UK and mainland Europe, with 3 years (or 27,000 miles) free servicing across the Elise, Exige and Evora range on top of their existing 3 year, unlimited mileage, warranty for cars ordered between now and the end of September.

With 3-year warranty and 3-year inclusive servicing offered across all 3 models in the Lotus sports car range, Lotus customers can drive away and confidently revel that from here on in, it’s pure driving enjoyment.

Sports car fans with a passion for the open road can now buy a new Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora with guaranteed peace of mind. Not only does your Lotus come with 3-year warranty as standard, the famous sports car manufacturer is now offering, for a limited time only, a 3 year service package* included on all new UK and European mainland Lotus purchases. Offer is available from 1st July until end of September 2014.

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Lotus celebrates Formula 1 provenance with limited edition ‘Exige LF1’

Exige LF1Lotus unveiled a new special edition this week at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo – the Lotus F1 Team inspired Exige LF1.

The LF1 features a number of unique additions over the standard Exige S model and is limited to just 81 cars – the same as the number of victories by Lotus teams in their various guises.

Discussion: SELOC Chat – Canary Wharf Expo

Fuelled by the excitement and anticipation of the 2014 Formula 1® season, Lotus gives its Exige S range a shot of race adrenaline with the Exige LF1 limited edition.

This summer 81 Lotus Exige S cars will receive a Lotus F1® Team inspired livery and interior trim to commemorate the number of grand prix victories held by the Lotus marque*,

Delivering race-car thrills on the road and track, the critically acclaimed supercharged 3.5l V6 Exige S is well known for its focussed dynamic performance, now, with a striking bespoke black and gold paint scheme with red accents and gold 17” front and 18” rear cast alloy wheels, the Exige LF1 leaves no doubt as to its heritage or indeed to its intention! Continue reading

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Lotus Cars – PROTON Appoints New Lotus CEO

Jean-Marc GalesPROTON Holdings Berhad (“PROTON”) last week announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Gales as the new Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, effective 1 May 2014. Lotus is a wholly owned subsidiary of PROTON and a member of the DRB-HICOM Group.

Gales, a Luxembourgian, holds a MSc in Management from London’s Imperial College, and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. A known industry player, Gales has held several significant positions with numerous global automotive manufacturers. Prior to his new appointment at Lotus, Gales was Chief Executive Officer of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (“CLEPA”) since 2012, where he played a key role in turning around the association through various strategic initiatives, including streamlining the working processes and increasing corporate members from 82 to 112. Gales also established a lobbying strategy with the European Parliament and European Commission, and helped define the Industry Research & Innovation Strategy and Roadmap for 2025. Continue reading

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