The situation is looking pretty dim for Lotus as the automaker will stop selling the Evora , its only road-legal model in the U.S. This comes after Lotus recently announced plans to “restructure it worldwide workforce,” and that 325 jobs were on the line. What departments those job cuts will come from is still a mystery, but in a workforce that only numbers 1,200, that’s a serious cut.
The Evora’s demise comes thanks to its lack of smart airbags, a requirement for all road-going, U.S.-spec vehicles. While that federal requirement took effect in 2014, Lotus was granted a 12-month exemption from the clause, allowing the company to continue producing its two-seat coupe. With that exemption now expired, Lotus is forced to either re-engineer the Evora with the smart airbag system or discontinue production.
A “highly placed source in a U.S. dealer group” confirmed to Car and Driver that Lotus will not be reworking the car. Therefore, once the remaining stock of 2014 Evoras run dry, Lotus will be left selling its track-only variants of the Exige and Elise inside the U.S.
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