Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has confirmed rumors saying the British marque is planning an SUV and a sedan, following a decision made recently to cut 325 jobs.
Troubled British automaker Lotus has a new CEO who used to be president of Peugeot and Citroën and he says the initial plan is to improve the current lineup which encompasses the Elise, Exige and Evora. The upgraded versions will hopefully boost sales also enhanced by a more generous dealer network.
Talking to Autocar, Gales said "you will see many new variants of familiar Lotus models over the next nine months, and even more in the next two years." If all goes according to plan, their lineup will be further expanded to include "cars in other categories than the sports car" such as an SUV and a sedan. He went on to say he is confident Lotus will get back into shape but it will be a difficult and lengthy process.
So far this year they have been doing quite well as sales went up by 46 percent and by the end of 2014 they estimate to sell a total of 2,000 cars. Reaching this objective will also be possible by adding 20 dealerships in the next few months, following the recent inauguration of nine showrooms. Gales believes that with the current model range the annual production rate could hit 3,000 units.
Note: 2010 Lotus Eterne concept pictured