Company's last street-legal car will become illegal to sell in 2015.
Forfans of the Lotus brand who are eager to use their cars on the road and notonly as track-day toys, the only current option is to buy an Evora. Thecompany's other models – the Exige and Elise – have not been road-legal fora couple of years. But now it seems the Evora will soon disappear from ourstreets as well. In 2014, the company was given a 12-month reprieve to equip thecar with smart airbags – something it has failed to do. Therefore, comeJanuary, it will not able to sell the Evora in the United States.
With only the Elise and Exige Cup to sell, Lotus will be losing its tinyfoothold in the market, making it very difficult to survive againstwell-established competitors like Porsche. Will a future sedan or SUV help witha comeback, or will it be too late for the British carmaker? Time will tell,but it isn't working to the company's benefit.