News coming from US-based magazine Car And Driver reports that Lotus will take leave of absence from this year’s Paris Auto Show. You will remember the massive six-car reveal that the Hethel-based car company so famously carried out at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The report also suggests that the absence is not a precursor for stormy seas for Lotus. The carmaker did had a strong showing at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, which they practically dragged out all Lotus cars from the museum and their current garage to put on the showground. All of which to prove that Lotus is alive and kicking.
Under Bahar, Lotus was about to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Which meant that it had to forsake its roots of a lightweight sports car and jump a few rungs up the ladder, which had the same eyebrow-raising effect when Maserati said it will produce an SUV.
So, in my opinion, this really isn’t a bad thing at all. The no-show will give Lotus a chance to take a breather, regroup and reconsider their plans. And hopefully, come out with better offering at the next international auto-show wherever it may be.