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Lotus Evora at the London motor show 2008

Wed, 23 Jul 2008

By James Foxall and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven

Motor Shows

23 July 2008 01:43

Lotus will call its new 'Project Eagle' 2+2 sports car the Evora, it announced today at the London motor show. And whatever you think of the name, the new Lotus Evora was one of the undisputed stars of the show – and one of the few genuine global debuts.

What’s new on Lotus’s London motor show stand?

Pulling in crowds of expectant photographers and cameramen like you get at Europe's upper-echelon motor shows, the launch of the Evora gave this motor show a feeling of old-school glamour, not seen at a British expo for the past decade. Lotus chief Mike Kimberley gave a slightly over-long speech, but even that couldn't keep the assembled hacks away from the Lotus stand for what ended up being the hottest unveiling of the day.

CAR’s Lotus highlight

Named after a town in Portugal, the Evora is the Nofolk firm’s first all-new car since the Elise in the mid 1990s and now that we've seen it in the metal and pored all over it, we can confirm it’s a decent-looking offering to boot.

The £45,000 2+2 enjoyed a plum location too – sitting right in the middle of the north hall. Considering the Lotus stand attracted one of the few media scrums of the day, the journalists appreciated that the simple Lotus stand (was it based on the company's new VVA flexible architecture?) was airy, easy to move around and displayed the cars well.

What were they thinking?

'True character in a faceless world’ is a decent enough tag line for a new offering, but the hordes of besuited actors wandering around Excel with blank masks over their facial features to illustrate it were downright scary. Check them out in CAR Online's videos.

In a nutshell

Without overselling itself, Lotus did a brilliant job of making the most of its launch. Arguably the best launch of the day.

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By James Foxall and CAR reader reporter Jacomoseven