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Could Lotus Have a Hand in the Manufacturing of the Emerg-E and Alpine?


When the Emerg-E popped onto the scene during the Geneva Auto Show, us automotive folk were amazed at the technology and potential behind this car. We were also amazed to see a rather familiar platform looking back at us, as the Emerg-E is built on the same platform as the Lotus Evora .

Lotus is no stranger to lending out its platforms and bodies for various performance applications (see: Hennessey Venom GT ), but it has never gotten into the actual building phase of these cars. Infiniti has yet to confirm that the Emerg-E for production, but its sister company, Renault, has already announced that the Alpine will go into production, in one form or another.

Since Renault has also made it clear that the Alpine will not be much like its concept and the Emerg-E is already based on a Lotus concept, why not save a little scratch and build both models on the same platform? There is really no reason not to and there is absolutely no way that Lotus would refuse this deal, as it sorely needs a little extra money these days.

Sure, the production level may be low and the income may be limited, but it would at least help put Lotus back into the sports car conversation. In addition to getting its foot back into the sports car door, with the Evora and Emerg-E being range-extended electric vehicles, this could carve Lotus a real nice and potentially profitable niche.

We’ll have to wait and see what comes of this, but the connection is already there, it just needs a little push in the right direction.

Source: Autocar


4 comments:

Emerg-E is one of the most hailed design and too bad it failed on pushing on its production. I hope Lotus is the one who’ll help Infiniti on achieving the concept to perfection.

Why not? They managed to build supercars that can surpass other racing cars. I think they got what it takes in Manufacturing the Emerg-E and Alpine.

Lotus can give a help on Infiniti as well as Infiniti on Lotus. If they both work together, it will give the best result when it comes to perfection of the luxury and super car.

We knew that Lotus can make the best and powerful super car, but they were scarce on the striking designs. So I guess if Infiniti and Lotus will be a partner for Emerg-E and Alpine, they can make it perfectly. I have absolutely no doubt against it.

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