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Lotus is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars that lead the way in terms of handling performance and technical innovation.

The company was founded in 1952 by an engineer named Colin Chapman. His first car, the Mark I, had been developed five years earlier using parts from a 1930 Austin Seven. It kept evolving through the years and gradually made its mark in auto races.

From 1957, Lotus earned more and more recognition, in part thanks to its first-ever production road car. The Elite lasted until 1963 before giving way to the Elan (1962-1971). The sixties also saw the birth of the Europa.

During the following decade, the Eclat and Esprit made their debut, the latter being famous for starring on the big screen as James Bond's secret agent car.

Unfortunately, Lotus could not break through the U.S. market (then the largest in the world), selling only a handful of units over there.

Facing a serious financial crisis in 1982, the company sought help from a young law professor and investment banking consultant, Joe Bianco, who managed to reorganize operations and boost annual sales into triple digits. Chapman died of a heart attack the same year. He was 54.

General Motors acquired Lotus in 1986, only to sell it to A.C.B.N. Holdings of Luxembourg in 1993.

The Elise (2006), Exige (2006), Exige S (2007), Evora (2010) and Evora S (2011) all hit the market in the new millennium.

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus announced that several iconic models will be resurrected, including the Esprit (2013), Elite (2014) and Elan (2017). The Elise will get a replacement in 2015, while the all-new Eterne sedan will aim to rival the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.
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A real road and track car

Weight is the enemy. For the last 60 years, the Lotus brand has developed and engineered a succession of sports cars with weight reduction in mind. Or, if you prefer, an abstinence of weight.

I Say
Reviews  |  Friday, June 18, 2010 by Luc Gagné

2010 Lotus Evora First Impressions

The Great Lotus

What do the all-new Lotus Evora and Toyota RAV4 have in common? The engine, that's what! In the case of the former, the 3.5-litre V6 sits right behind the passenger quarters and elevates the Great Lotus to the ranks of the Porsche Cayman in terms of muscle and refinement.

Latest News

Industry  |  Thursday, September 25, 2014

New 2016 Lotus Evora coming to U.S. and Canada

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, has confirmed that Lotus is fully committed to the North American market and will produce a 2016 Evora that will be fully compliant for Canada and the U.S.

Preview  |  Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2013 Lotus Evora Preview

The Evora is special. Not quite a typical Lotus by its looks, it nonetheless has a smashing body-shell that makes heads turn.

Industry  |  Friday, June 28, 2013

James Bond's Lotus Esprit 'Submarine' Car up for sale

RM Auctions will sell a very unique piece of automotive engineering -- and a movie icon -- at its London auction on September 8-9, 2013: the Lotus Esprit Series 1 'Submarine' Car that starred in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Latest Pictures

Photos  |  Wednesday, August 14, 2013
2013 Lotus Evora Preview

Latest Videos

Videos | Tuesday, February 09, 2010
2010 Lotus Exige Video Specs
Videos | Tuesday, February 09, 2010
2010 Lotus Elise Video Specs

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