Recall Alert: 2008-2011 Lotus Elise and Exige, 2011 Evora

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Vehicles Affected: About 860 Lotus sports cars, including model-year 2008-11 Lotus Elises and Exiges manufactured between November 2007 and July 2011, and 2011 Evoras manufactured between September 2010 and September 2011

The Problem: The oil cooler hose may detach from its fitting, which could cause oil to spray on a tire, increasing the risk of a crash; oil also could spray throughout the engine compartment, increasing the risk of a fire. This is an expansion of previous recalls in 2008 and 2013.

The Fix: Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler hose fittings on Elises and Exiges, and will replace oil cooler hose assemblies on Evoras, for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Lotus at 800-245-6887, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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The Top 10 Smallest Recalls of 2013

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We recently counted down the top 10 biggest recalls reported by KickingTires in the first half of 2013. This week, we're out to show it's not always size that counts.

As we demonstrated last time out, among the many millions of vehicles for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls each year, individual actions themselves can number in the millions — as was the case when Chrysler agreed to inspect and repair 2.7 million Jeep SUVs due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in rear-end collisions.

At the other end of the spectrum are recalls so small — single-digits-small — that in some cases it might be quicker for us just to shoot an email to the individual vehicle owners than it is to report it. Don't get us wrong; safety recalls are serious business and have the potential to save many lives each year. That said, some households have as many cars parked in their driveway right now as are affected by some recalls.

Without further ado, the smallest recalls reported by Cars.com so far in 2013 are:

By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011 Lotus Evora

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Lotus is recalling 80 Evora supercharged sports cars due to a problem with the engine oil cooling system that could cause a loss of control, engine failure and fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles are equipped with a manual transmission and were manufactured between September 2010 and September 2011. The engine oil cooler hose may chafe and rupture, resulting in a loss of oil; this could cause oil to be ejected onto the road or rear wheels, which could result in a reduction of vehicle control and potential engine failure, increasing the risk of a crash or, in the presence of a heat source, a fire.

Lotus has not provided an owner notification schedule, and the remedy has not yet been determined, NHTSA stated. Owners can call the automaker at 770-476-6564 or NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Lotus Evora

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Lotus is recalling 28 model-year 2013 Evora sports cars due to a missing label identifying the vehicles' temporary exemption from a federal safety requirement, as well as an incorrectly labeled date of manufacture, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected vehicles, manufactured between September and November 2012, were granted a temporary exemption from having to conform to federal motor vehicle passenger-side advanced airbag safety standards, but the vehicles do not contain a temporary-exemption label. Moreover, the vehicles' Federal Certification Label shows an incorrect date of manufacture. Both issues could prevent owners from determining whether recalls apply to their vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.

Lotus will notify owners early this month and both labels will be replaced for free. Owners can call Lotus at 770-476-6564 or NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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2013 Lotus Evora at Roebling Road Raceway: Photo Gallery

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Although the 2013 Lotus Evora somewhat resembles the sporty Exige and Elise — and maybe a racecar — make no mistake: It's the automaker's idea of a "daily driver." Cars.com reviewers had their day driving the Evora, the only model-year 2013 Lotus available on U.S. soil, at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Ga. The sports coupe is larger, heavier and more expensive (starting at nearly $70,000), with bigger doors, narrowed door sills and a higher seating position. A 3.5-liter V-6 sends 276 horsepower to this Porsche 911 peer's 19-inch rear wheels. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011 Lotus Evora

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Lotus is recalling 80 model-year 2011 versions of the Evora coupe due to problems with the engine oil feed pipe, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from February through September 2011 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb) and use an engine oil feed pipe that could rupture. This could lead to a fire.

Lotus has not yet provided NHTSA with an owner notification schedule, but dealers will replace the oil feed pipe for free. Owners can call Lotus at 800-245-6887 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

2011 Lotus Evora Video

The Lotus Evora is an attempt by the British boutique carmaker to offer something that’s accessible to a larger cadre of folks. On paper, the four-seat coupe sounds more accommodating, but it’s not quite ready to compete with the Porsche 911 or Jaguar XK, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek. The backseat isn’t useful, even to children, and the car would prove to be a challenging daily driver, overall. Watch the video to find out why.

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By Colin Bird | February 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

Lotus Elite Concept: First Look

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  • Looks like: The Lotus Evora’s bigger brother  
  • Defining characteristics: Front midengine design in an otherwise rear midengine lineup 
  • Ridiculous features: Estimated 3,600-pound curb weight is an anathema to Lotus’ philosophy of making ultralight sports cars 
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Estimated release in spring 2014 

Before the Paris Motor Show gets under way, Lotus gave the media a sneak peek of its new Lotus Elite concept. The roadster is something of a departure from the carmaker’s mission of making relatively affordable, ultralight and sporty handlers. The Elite aims to be more livable and therefore more accessible to the car-buying public than the British carmaker’s current lineup by being more luxurious, stylish and comfortable.

The Elite is a 2+2 roadster with a retractable hardtop. The concept’s estimated dimensions would make it leaps and bounds bigger than the Elise, Evora and Exige, so it should be roomier for its occupants than current Lotuses.

The Elite is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 producing an estimated 611 horsepower. A hybrid option will be available, Lotus says. That sort of power will accelerate the roadster from zero to 60 mph in the sub-4-second area.

All of this sounds great so far, doesn’t it? But some elements of the Elite may cause some concern for die-hard Lotus fans. The front midengine layout strays from Lotus’ midengine designs. It also weighs more than any current Lotus, and the estimated $145,000-$150,000 price tag would put the Elite in a whole other category in the marketplace compared with the $50,000-$80,000 price tags that Lotuses carry today.

Many may see the curb weight, engine layout and price as an affront to everything a Lotus is supposed to be: an ultralight purist’s sports car – but the company didn’t make this decision carelessly. “There will always be those who believe that Lotus should stick to small sports cars,” company CEO Dany Bahar said, “but we didn’t take the decision to design something new like the Elite lightly.”

While this is only a concept, Lotus is pretty excited about bringing something close to the Elite to production by as early as spring 2014.

If built, the Elite would arguably be the first hospitable Lotus in recent memory, but it remains to be seen if car buyers are looking for these attributes in a Lotus.

For detailed specs and photos, continue reading after the jump.

By Colin Bird | September 21, 2010 | Comments (2)

First U.S. Lotus Evora Delivered to Austin Man

One of my favorite cars I sat in at the Detroit auto show in January was the new Lotus Evora. It’s the company’s answer to the Porsche 911 and isn’t as bare-bones as an Elise. It’s still a tight fit inside, but gorgeous with an intriguing dashboard as well.

That’s why Bruce Rice of Austin, Texas, is a lucky guy. He took delivery of the first Evora today at Lotus of Austin. The dealer still has one Evora listed in its inventory at $87,250, but we’re not sure if that’s the one Rice purchased or if some other lucky guy with the need to buy a British sports car can just walk off the street and buy one. Cars.com lists three Evoras in its inventory: one Laser Blue model in Newport Beach, Calif., and Las Vegas; and one black unit in Jacksonville, Fla.

At least now, all those Lotus fans know to be on the lookout for an Evora in their neck of the woods. 
By David Thomas | March 17, 2010 | Comments (1)

2010 Lotus Evora Pricing Announced

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We’d almost forgotten about Lotus’ new sports car, the Evora, which joins the more barebones Elise in the U.S. The British sports car will start at $73,500, not including $1,175 in destination charges, when it goes on sale early next year. That’s less than a Porsche 911. It comes fairly well equipped, but adding options can get the total price tag up to $90,000.

The Evora promises to be another pure sports car from Lotus with a more upscale feel than the Elise. Its 276-horsepower V-6 engine might not sound like much, but this car is so light that it hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds while getting 30-plus mpg on the highway. Check out the full pricing and more photos below.
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