Lotus is Definitely*, Absolutely*, Positively* Bringing Elise to U.S.*

*Unless it isn’t.
According to Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, the next-generation lightweight Lotus two-seater sports car has a future in the United States around 2020 — that is, if Lotus is still around then.
The chief executive spoke to Automotive News and said the Elise could be adapted to the U.S. market’s famously fussy safety regulations, which eventually killed the current-generation Elise in 2011 in the States.
This isn’t the first time Lotus has teased us. Remember the Esprit (pictured above) that was definitely going to be a thing? Yeah, um, I guess that one is still in the mail, huh?

Although, to be fair, Gales and the new Lotus team brought over the Evora 400 for the U.S. market and conquered all of our fun safety regulations, which was a resurrection for the brand. Allegedly the Evora Roadster will make its way to the U.S. soon, too.
Gales said adapting the current Elise to meet safety standards would add a whole Midwesterner to the weight of the car.
“We’d need smart airbags, plus side airbags and to change the whole front crash structure. It would add 100 kg (220 pounds),” he told Automotive News.
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