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Lotus CEO Hints at Future Sedan or Crossover, Doesn't Want Esprit

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/29/2014 Karla Sanchez

Lotus is back in the headlines, this time because company CEO Jean-Marc Gales hinted that we could see some very uncharacteristic products from the brand. While the British carmaker is known for its small sports cars, the company revealed it wouldn't limit its capabilities to that segment only.

Gales told Auto Express that the company has so many ideas for the future, that the only segment it would rule out right now is commercial vehicles. Gales said that the "Lotus brand values" could be combined with many possible segments, but the segments the company is strongly considering include crossovers and sedans. Although nothing has been set in stone just yet, the CEO said he would definitely want a Lotus-badged four-door SUV or crossover, and boasted that it would be "light, performance-led, and have outstanding looks." Something like this would come after 2017, since the company first wants to focus on overhauling its existing lineup first, which currently includes the Elise, Exige, and Evora. The company revealed just last week that Evora will take a break for the 2015 model year, but will return to the North American market for 2016.2013 Lotus Evora S© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Lotus Evora S

While we'll be seeing lots more new Lotus products, former CEO Dany Bahar's planned cars will not be among them. The ex-CEO had five models in the pipeline including the Esprit, but Gales said we won't see any of those come to fruition as he doesn't think they were "in line with the Lotus DNA."

"I don’t want to focus on the past, but there are some technologies and supplier relationships that we can take forward from the projects," he told Auto Express. One of the supplier relationships that will remain strong is the one with Toyota, which will continue to supply its engines to Lotus. Gale also said he looks forward to working with other companies such as Proton. 2010 Lotus Exige 260 s© Provided by MotorTrend 2010 Lotus Exige 260 s

Despite everything going on with the company, Gales reports Lotus sales are up. In addition to the new products the company has planned, the automaker announced last week that it will expand its dealer network in North America.

Source: Auto Express

2010 Lotus Exige 260 s© Provided by MotorTrend 2010 Lotus Exige 260 s
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