Lotus to kill off the Europa

Lotus to kill off the Europa

Lotus has made the call to start winding down production of its Europa model. According to recent reports, Lotus dealers in Europe have already stopped taking orders for the car, which means Europa production will end later this year.

Now that Lotus has the Evora, launched last year, it can put an end to the Elise-based Europa which was always a bridge between the Elise and the Evora and never sold in massive numbers.

The Europa was introduced in 2006 and came with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 200 bhp (149 kW) and 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) of torque. The top-spec SE came in 2008 and featured 220 bhp with the same amount of torque.

Many believe the Europa was a temporary measure for Lotus, meant to fill a gap in the marketplace before the introduction of the Evora, while stimulating the Elise production line. Whatever the case, the Europa never generated a following from buyers and badge fans and failed to be a significant success.

Lotus has made the call to start winding down production of its Europa model. According to recent reports, Lotus dealers in Europe have already stopped taking orders for the car, which means Europa production will end later this year.

Now that Lotus has the Evora, launched last year, it can put an end to the Elise-based Europa which was always a bridge between the Elise and the Evora and never sold in massive numbers.

The Europa was introduced in 2006 and came with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 200 bhp (149 kW) and 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) of torque. The top-spec SE came in 2008 and featured 220 bhp with the same amount of torque.

Many believe the Europa was a temporary measure for Lotus, meant to fill a gap in the marketplace before the introduction of the Evora, while stimulating the Elise production line. Whatever the case, the Europa never generated a following from buyers and badge fans and failed to be a significant success.

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