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by Tim Beissmann

Lotus has announced plans to reveal an “exciting new car” at the Geneva motor show in March.

The British sports car maker says the Geneva debutant will “remain true to [the brand’s] core pillars of lightness, performance and driving purity by embodying all of them in a most desirable package”.

Lotus says the new model will create more buzz than its most recent introduction, the track-focused Elise S Cup.

“Headlines and comments like ‘…most intoxicating sports car at any price” and “…it’s about as much fun as driving gets” are some of the justified rewards for the effort expended at Hethel – and that is for a version of an existing model,” the company said in a statement.

“The Geneva reveal will produce even more for the new model.”

Evora S

The car revealed at Geneva is widely tipped to be a heavily updated version of the Evora – the car maker’s flagship four-seater that was unveiled six and a half years ago.

Autocar reported in November that the updated Lotus Evora would get about 15 per cent more power and less weight than the current model

The only variant currently sold in Australia is the Evora S, which produces 257kW and 400Nm from its mid-mounted supercharged 3.5-litre V6 and weighs 1437kg.

If Autocar’s claims are on the money, the Evora’s power could rise as high as 295kW, while its weight could fall to about 1220kg – both of which would have a positive impact on the car’s 0-100km/h sprint time, which currently sits at 4.6 seconds.

New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales believes the 2015 Evora will be quicker than rival models from iconic German sports car maker Porsche.

CarAdvice understands the updated Evora is a chance to reach Australian showrooms towards the end of 2015.

We’ll keep you posted on the new model ahead of its Geneva motor show unveiling.

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The news coincides with the announcement of positive sales results for the British manufacturer.

Lotus says its global sales have increased 54 per cent over the past nine months, up 551 units to 1565 in the period between April to December 2014 compared with the same period in 2013.

Leading the growth has been France, Germany, China and Japan, where Lotus sales have also increased more than 120 per cent.

Sales are also up 88 per cent in the UK and 81 per cent across the EU overall.

Lotus has added 25 dealers to its global network over the past nine months, taking its tally to 163 dealers, and plans to open another 50 by the end of the year.

Lotus sales went downhill in Australia last year, however, falling 14 per cent to just 61 units, including 29 Exiges, 23 Elises and nine Evoras.




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