Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed some new details about the company's future product lineup.

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed some new details about the company's future product lineup.

Speaking to Top Gear, Gales said the current Elise and Exige still have a lot of life left in them and the models will stick around for at least four more years.  He went on to say that even when the cars are redesigned they will continue to use an extruded aluminum tub because a carbon fiber tub is more expensive and isn't as flexible in terms of product development.  The executive also confirmed the redesigned models will be sold in the United States.

Speaking of America, the Evora 400 will be launched on the other side of the Atlantic in April 2016.  The company already has 400 orders for the car and it will eventually be joined by an Evora Roadster which Gales says is a "good fit for the US market."

Gales went on to say automatic transmissions has been quite popular in global markets as forty percent of models sold outside of Europe are equipped with an automatic gearboxes.  However, he concedes the company might have focused too much on refinement, so future models equipped with automatic transmissions will have a sportier and more hardcore feel.

Source: Top Gear

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