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    With rumors of a future for Lotus swirling, the company will live on as its new owner DRB-Hicom has signed off on a three-year plan to fund the British sports car maker.

    Though details weren’t disclosed on how much DRB-Hicom will be investing into the brand, it has been confirmed that it has spent over $152 million to keep Lotus alive. During that time, however, the automaker sold enough vehicles to warrant further investing, especially now that everything involved with the buyout from Proton has been completed.

    SEE ALSO: Lotus Exige S Roadster to Drop its Top this Summer

    As for future plans, Lotus will begin by offering new variants based on existing products but sporting improved technology, performance, quality and most importantly, cost. The Lotus Exige S Roadster was the first of these variants, and more will be coming from the Evora and Elise.

    Up to the end of May, Lotus had sold 70 vehicles, compared to 80 in 2012. Production will now be increased to 40 units per month with about 85 percent of them being exported.

    Lastly, DRB-Hicom confirmed that Dany Bahar’s ambitious plan of five models in five years has been axed for something more practical. The Esprit project however, since it was much further along than the other vehicles, could be revived under DRB-Hicom.
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    I was really looking forward to those 5 vehicles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWD Madness View Post
    I was really looking forward to those 5 vehicles.
    ?
    So in stead you got a Jeep
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    I was hoping they would make the Elite.

    A 600+hp V8 powered hybrid 2+2 for under 200k? Yes please! Especially with that styling.

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    They still may make the new Espirit...
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    I'm on the list for the new Esprit if/when it comes out... Until then - The Evora suits me well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plackslayer View Post
    I'm on the list for the new Esprit if/when it comes out... Until then - The Evora suits me well.
    There is a list?
    Did u have to put a deposit down?
    Have they updated you on time frame of delivery to states?


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    No "official" list sadly. I have just expressed my absolute interest to the dealership where I get my car worked on in Texas that they have a sale waiting. I have no inside information either. Just a hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyivk View Post
    ?
    So in stead you got a Jeep
    LOL
    I wasn't talking about buying any of them... Just looking forward to their production

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    again lot's of plan's.........

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