New Lotus Esprit on track for 2013 but Elan is delayed

May 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Lotus sure came out swinging at last year’s Paris Motor Show, it revealed a gang of five different concept cars and spoke of grand ambitious for the coming years. The five concept vehicles that were revealed include the striking new Elan (pictured), Elise, Elite, Esprit and Eterne. Not much has been heard since until fresh news out of Lotus with updates on two of them.

Of all the concepts it is the new Esprit halo car which is receiving Lotus’ main attention. The new flagship model is still on track to arrive in production form by 2013. By comparison, the new Elan has been severely postponed and may not be seen before the end of 2016. Why? The fault may lay with the Lotus Evora.

Lotus had planned to shut down Evora production so that it could give way to the Elan but now, company management has decided that the Evora will receive a longer “traditional model cycle” with the possibility of a second-generation. If the Evora does continue into its next generation, it will put the Elan’s entire existence into question. Continue reading “New Lotus Esprit on track for 2013 but Elan is delayed” »

HondaJet further delayed till 2012

May 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Honda’s first foray into jet-powered aircraft has struck more turbulence as the company’s new HondaJet struggles to get off the ground. According to recent reports, the world won’t be seeing the aircraft until 2012. The Japanese company had planned to take to the skies with its jet as soon as this year, but two rounds of delays have pushed that date back by a lengthy 24 months. Little is known about the cause of the delays other than Honda has experienced some component issues.

The HondaJet carries a hefty price tag of $3.9 million USD and will be produced in Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.

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