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Lotus Builds 40,000th Model Based on its Small Car Platform since 1995


Lotus of Orange County is excited to confirm, Lotus Cars has celebrated the production of the 40,000th model based on the Small Car Platform, which debuted in 1995 with the Elise. At its launch, the Small Car Platform was one of the most advanced and flexible in the world, with Lotus building various models based on it, including the Elise, Exige, Europa, 2-Eleven, 340R and racing variants. With this platform, Lotus was the first carmaker to use extruded and bonded aluminum, revolutionizing the industry.

  • Lotus has been constantly improving the formula.
  • Its current lightweight structure weighing just 68 kg (150 lbs).
  • The small car platform currently underpins the Elise and Exige models.
  •  The same aluminum extruded and bonded technology is used in the new Evora 400.

“While a correlation exists between today’s platform and the first of the lightweight, bonded and extruded aluminum structures, it has altered radically. It remains a benchmark in light weight and efficiency and is as advanced and market-leading today as it was 20 years ago. We are especially delighted that the 40,000th version of our small car platform will underpin, appropriately, an Elise 20th Anniversary model, the latest Elise model that celebrates our landmark achievements,” says Lotus Group CEO Jean-Marc Gales.
Lotus of Orange County is the premier Lotus dealership of Southern California and their helpful and knowledgeable staff along with expert factory-trained technicians can help you with any of your Lotus needs.  For more information about Lotus of Orange County, visit the dealership at 4040 Campus Drive in Newport Beach, Calif., or online at

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As a proud member of the Shelly Automotive Group, Lotus of Orange County loyally serves all of Orange County including - Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, East Irvine, Foothill Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Lake Elsinore, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Silverado, San Juan Capistrano and Trabuco Canyon.


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