Lotus To Stop Evora sales in the U.S.
Lotus fans, prepare to say your final farewell: According to Car and Driver, the Evora is going away in the U.S. The Elise and Exige have already been out of the U.S. for three years. So this means that Lotus will have nothing to sell Stateside for a while except for track-only Exiges and Elises. For shame. RELATED: See photos of the 2013 Lotus Evora GX
Why would the British carmaker effectively kill its retail business in the U.S.? It appears airbags are the problem. The U.S. government gave Lotus a temporary exemption from having to install smart airbags, and it is set to let that exemption expire at the end of the year without updating its equipment.
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Lotus is in enough trouble in the States as it is, what with a new CEO, a dead revival plan, and layoffs looming.
Maybe the company can get its act together here in the U.S., but losing the Evora doesn’t help. And neither does wanting to not adapt its safety technology to the large U.S. market.
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