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quote:[HR][/HR]Group Lotus PLC and its subsidiary Lotus Cars U.S.A. Inc. will expand Lotus' presence in the U.S. market with the introduction of a U.S.A. specific version of the world-acclaimed Elise and a future product strategy that will include a new family of exciting models over the next few years.
U.S. sales of the 2005 Elise are scheduled to begin in mid 2004. The "Federal" Elise will retain the benchmark performance, handling and dynamics that have proven so popular in the U.K. and Europe but at the same time complying with U.S. regulations
The recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades for design, performance, drivability and handling, the Elise is constructed around a strong, rigid, yet lightweight extruded and bonded aluminum chassis. Consistent with the Lotus design philosophy of achieving performance and efficiency through light weight, this high tech chassis weighing less than 150 lbs allows for a complete vehicle weight of approximately 1700lbs (current European specification).

Demand for the product and high quality standards are key
A careful study of the U.S. market and the success of the Elise in Europe and the other markets have shown Lotus that there is a demand for a small, lightweight and very high performance sportscar in the U.S. While remaining a hand-built car, a new state of the art manufacturing facility at its Headquarters in Hethel, England has enabled Lotus to build cars at a higher volume and introduce unprecedented quality standards vital for today's demanding customer.
Arnie Johnson, Lotus Cars USA's President/CEO explains why Lotus recognizes the USA as a key market for the Elise and future models. "Our market analysis studies and surveys have overwhelmingly confirmed demand for the car. Based on customer and dealer reaction, we are very confident that the Elise will enjoy the same success here in the U.S.A. as in other markets.
The introduction of the Elise marks the beginning of a new era of growth for Lotus Cars USA as well as for our dealer network. Over the next few years we anticipate further expansion and growth with new models to follow for the U.S. market."
Lotus Cars USA will implement a plan to provide the highest quality sales and service support throughout the dealer network and add new dealers in key market areas, thereby making the brand more accessible to its expanded customer base.
Complete specifications and price for the USA Elise will be published closer to the time of launch in mid 2004. A copy of the current European Elise 111s specifications is attached for information. [HR][/HR]​
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (Jeff Andrews)

quote:[HR][/HR]Arnie Johnson, Lotus Cars USA's President/CEO explains why Lotus recognizes the USA as a key market for the Elise and future models. "Our market analysis studies and surveys have overwhelmingly confirmed demand for the car. Based on customer and dealer reaction, we are very confident that the Elise will enjoy the same success here in the U.S.A. as in other markets.
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Maybe Arnie would like to explain why it took them years to figure this out in the next press release...? Nevertheless, good news for the US market.
Now let's all gather around and pray that they don't put the Biggie/Super/King-sized bumpers for the US market. Somehow, I have a very bad feeling about this...
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (bluespace01)

the car is going to be heavier than the european one right? but gonna use a v6?
(my mind has been goin out lately so i dont know if i dreamt that up)
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (bluespace01)

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Now let's all gather around and pray that they don't put the Biggie/Super/King-sized bumpers for the US market. Somehow, I have a very bad feeling about this...
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My understanding is that the US recently dropped the 5mph bumpers in
favor of 2.5 mph bumbers...anyone know for sure?
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (raycer)

quote:[HR][/HR]the car is going to be heavier than the european one right? but gonna use a v6?
(my mind has been goin out lately so i dont know if i dreamt that up)[HR][/HR]​
It weren't your dreams, the Elise is supposed to get a V6 from the Toyota Camry. I'm curious how it will turn out.....
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (MartijnGizmo)

Actually, I was up at the Lotus dealer on Monday where I got to test drive a Eurospec Elise. This particular one had the Rover K series motor. Talking to the Lotus tech, the US Spec Elise will use the Toyota Celica powerplant and transmission...that is the 180hp version. This has all but been made official. I must say the Elise is a VERY purpose built car and in no way really practical for an only car. But boy is it fun as hell. MSRP should be $38,500 and should be available in summer of 2004..
Oh yeah, Weight for the US Spec car should be in the 1850lb range.
 
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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (MartijnGizmo)

Well, it's about time. Lotus needed something, since the Espirit is finally stopping production this month.
 

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When I spoke to the Lotus rep at the LA autoshow, he wouldn't confirm the engine other to say that it would have 200hp and a six speed (and it would not be the Rover K). There is talk about a 2.5 liter Toyota six, but that makes little sense since that motor is not available here and hasn't been certified by the powers that be.
As Mr. Dube said, the Celica engine makes much more sense. It will be fun, but the Celica engine does not sound good - the Rover K was a good sounding engine (as fours go).
The sticker will be $38,900, and only one third of the first year's allotment is spoken for. $2,000 will guarantee you one (or at least that's what I was told while sitting behind the wheel with my checkbook in hand).
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (Rennwagen)

The dealer here is only requiring a $500 deposit and will be selling at MSRP.
quote:[HR][/HR]When I spoke to the Lotus rep at the LA autoshow, he wouldn't confirm the engine other to say that it would have 200hp and a six speed (and it would not be the Rover K). There is talk about a 2.5 liter Toyota six, but that makes little sense since that motor is not available here and hasn't been certified by the powers that be.
As Mr. Dube said, the Celica engine makes much more sense. It will be fun, but the Celica engine does not sound good - the Rover K was a good sounding engine (as fours go).
The sticker will be $38,900, and only one third of the first year's allotment is spoken for. $2,000 will guarantee you one (or at least that's what I was told while sitting behind the wheel with my checkbook in hand).[HR][/HR]​
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (vertigo)

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My understanding is that the US recently dropped the 5mph bumpers in
favor of 2.5 mph bumbers...anyone know for sure?[HR][/HR]​
I think US switched to 2.5 a while back, and it's only Canadia that has 5mph bumpers
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (Rennwagen)

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As Mr. Dube said, the Celica engine makes much more sense. It will be fun, but the Celica engine does not sound good - the Rover K was a good sounding engine (as fours go).
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ROFLMAO, have you heard a non modified K series before? definitely no sweet exhaust notes there.
On the other hand, with a cone filter, and a decent exhaust both the K series and 2zzfe sound 'good'. The K is a bit more gruff, whilst the 2zz has an almost honda sound to it- which is good for some people?.
I would dare say both sound engines sound like crap when compared to something which makes real music- like a double webber s20 twin cam.
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (Mark at farm)

Indeed, this particular Elise had no exciting exhaust note to speak of.
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ROFLMAO, have you heard a non modified K series before? definitely no sweet exhaust notes there.
On the other hand, with a cone filter, and a decent exhaust both the K series and 2zzfe sound 'good'. The K is a bit more gruff, whilst the 2zz has an almost honda sound to it- which is good for some people?.
I would dare say both sound engines sound like crap when compared to something which makes real music- like a double webber s20 twin cam.[HR][/HR]​
 

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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (zerind)

uncorked Rover Ks (i.e. 340R and Caterhams) sound great - not Toyota twin-cam nice, but ruff and mean. Uncorked Celicas sound like Diamond Stars. Its too bad that celicas don't sound as melodic as hachi-rokus.



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Re: Lotus Announces Elise for USA (saaboo)

quote:[HR][/HR]But, I think the previous-gen Elise was prettier, IMO...[HR][/HR]​
WERD.
Even after all this time I still can't get myself to like the styling of the new Elise.
 
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