Ann Arbor, Michigan – Lotus Cars USA Inc., based currently in Lawrenceville, Georgia, will co-locate to Lotus Engineering Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the heart of the US motor industry. This will ensure that both divisions can grow their individual operations, while benefiting from improved efficiency through sharing a number of business functions. This co-location is expected to be completed by the end of July 2015.
Group Lotus plc CEO Jean-Marc Gales says, “North America, as the largest sports car market in the world, is important for Lotus, both for model sales and for our engineering consultancy business. By having both of our USA organizations located in Michigan, we shall be within the heartland of the USA automotive sector, where the headquarters of some of the most important, influential, and significant automotive manufacturers and suppliers are based. This will reaffirm our presence in the North American market, by providing improved customer service, better technical and consultancy support, while ensuring that we have access to a skills base not found anywhere else in the territory. All of this fits with Lotus developing speedily in North America in years to come.”
Next year, Lotus plans to introduce the Evora 400 car as a 2017 model. The previous Evora received positive acclaim from media, customers, and dealers.
“The Lotus Evora 400 combines high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling, Gales says. “It is lighter, more efficient and dynamically better than ever. It is the perfect high performance machine for those discerning buyers seeking a hand built British-built sports car that possesses a purer driving experience, greater agility and a more involving drive.”
The Lotus Evora 400, unveiled at the Geneva Show in March 2015, produces 400hp, accelerates to 60mph in 4.1 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 186mph.
Source: Group Lotus plc