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Lotus is in high gear, attempting to fill in every gap of their "five year, five model" plan. So much so, in fact, that they are even stepping away from their sports car roots and developing a city car to rival the new Aston Martin Cygnet. The baby Lotus will first be developed by parent company, Proton, and is set to go on sale in 2014.

The move to develop a city car stems from the fact that Lotus didn’t feel confident going against Mini, BMW, and Audi in the small car segment. During an interview with Auto Express Dany Bahar said: "There’s no point in trying to fight the MINIs, and the small BMWs and Audis unless you have a special offering. Our car will be an EV or range extended EV and will offer performance of no other small car."

The future Lotus city car will first be offered as a Proton, but will be easily adapted to a Lotus platform when the time comes. The Lotus version will be more expensive than the Proton, a move that Lotus says will be justified in the additions to the car. That being said, it will be about £2000 cheaper (or $3,125 at the current exchange rates) than the Cygnet so expect to pay about £29,000 - or about $45,300 at the current exchange rates.

The Lotus City Car will be a production version of the Ethos concept unveiled at the Paris Auto Show. The concept used a 1.2 liter, 3 cylinder Lotus Range Extender engine with a peak torque of 177 lb-ft. The concept finished the 0 to 60 mph in just 9 seconds and was capable of hitting a top speed of 105 mph.


Source: AutoExpress

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  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

This is a new design of sports car. It is small but very classy and stunning. It is more likely a luxury car than a sports car.

  (238) posted on 01.12.2012

Interesting, a new design and prototype of sports car are planned to be develop. Very classy and I thing best performance is not just a criteria in competition but being a most popular and entertaining to audience.

  (647) posted on 12.23.2011

Lotus city car is so awesome on its platform, and I have to agree that it truly looks cute on that. I just only hope that it won’t stay as a concept vehicle only.

  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

I’m really impressed with this new Lotus vehicle! It was absolutely cool and awesome on its platform! However, I am hoping that it is not on an electric motor.

  (577) posted on 12.16.2011

Well, it could be the toughest competitor of Fiat or a Mini vehicle! smiley they are all looks so cute on their platform but for me, when it comes into the abstract design. This Lotus city car will surely stand out.

  (384) posted on 12.14.2011

It looks so cute on its platform and even with its dimension. Well, I just only hope that it is not an electric vehicle like the other future city car now. Moreover, I will surely wait for this to come! smiley

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