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Lotus Confirms City Car

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On: Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 12:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Confirms City Car

During Lotus' unprecedented new model/concept barrage at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, it was easy to get swept away by its new future of powerful, sporty all-out performers. Cars like the new Esprit and Elan really helped Lotus make a point about its next generation of vehicles.

However, there was one little black sheep that didn't quite fit in. Like the "sentence that doesn't belong" on your 4th grade reading comprehension test, this particular concept was an obvious sore thumb that didn't really look natural with the rest of the Paris family. That concept was the City Car, a small, blocky little urban commuter. While that concept shared the slick, narrow headlights of other Lotus concepts, it definitely was in a category all its own.

Well, we've yet to hear confirmation on all our Lotus favorites, but the City Car is officially go, as reported by Car magazine.

Lotus CEO Dany Bahar told Car: "Our city car has been confirmed and will be launched in October 2013. We are doing this together with Proton and another OEM."

He explained that there will be three versions of the City Car, including a Euro version, Asian version, and a sportier edition.

In its concept form, the City Car used a series hybrid powertrain with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder range-extending engine. The concept was also capable of being equipped with a fully electric powertrain.

Interestingly, at the time of the Paris Motor Show, reports indicated that the City Car was the least likely of Lotus' concepts to reach production. And here it is one of the first ones that we've heard any production details on. Bummer.

On the plus side, it sounds like Lotus' parent company Proton, whose EMAS concept served as the basis of the City Car, will be doing a lot of the development on it, leaving Lotus free to work on its sportier offerings—and maybe its own engines.



imwithcoco | 10:54PM (Wed, Dec 22, 2010)

I like the look of this car. It looks like it came off the set of Tron Legacy.

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