2016 Lotus Evora Coming to U.S.; Dealer Expansion Planned | Edmunds

2016 Lotus Evora Coming to U.S.; Dealer Expansion Planned


Just the Facts:
  • Lotus on Wednesday told car shoppers it is alive and well in North America and has a 2016 Lotus Evora in the works for this market.
  • The 2016 Evora "will be fully compliant for Canada and the U.S.," Lotus said in a statement.
  • "Lotus will not be producing a 2015 model year Lotus Evora but there will be limited availability of 2014 model-year Lotus Evora sports cars over the next few months," the company said.

HETHEL, England Lotus on Wednesday told car shoppers it is alive and well in North America and has a 2016 Lotus Evora in the works for this market.

The 2016 Evora "will be fully compliant for Canada and the U.S.," Lotus said in a statement.

"Lotus will not be producing a 2015 model-year Lotus Evora but there will be limited availability of 2014 model year Lotus Evora sports cars over the next few months," the company said.

"I know that this will be welcome news to our thousands of owners and fans in North America, but the reality is that there was never any intention to leave," said Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive officer of Group Lotus, in a statement.

He added: "The North American market is vitally important for us and we intend to expand our dealer network and grow our sales volumes in the future. In fact, in the last 12 months, we have already appointed three new dealerships in the U.S. and are on course to appoint additional dealers in the next few months."

Lotus currently has 45 dealers in North America and plans to open additional dealers in key market areas in Canada and the U.S. in the next few months.

The Evora is being dropped from the 2015 lineup because it no longer meets federal crash standards, according to media reports. Lotus did not spell out how it plans to reengineer the Evora.

Automotive News described the lack of a 2015 Evora as a "pit stop" for the British brand.

The Porsche Cayman is the closest rival to the Lotus Evora.

Edmunds says: The Lotus Evora takes a brief hiatus for the 2015 model year, but the brand promises to come back with more dealers in the coming months.

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