Lotus City Car approved for production, going on sale in 2013

Lotus City Car Concept

Besides the onslaught of supercar/sports car concepts that Lotus debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it also showed a small mini electric car concept – known as the City Car Concept. According to Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, Lotus has approved the City Car Concept for production.

Lotus will be building the City Car in partnership with parent company Proton and a third automaker, Bahar told CAR Magazine.

“Our city car has been confirmed and will be launched in October 2013,” he said. “We are doing this together with Proton and another OEM. We will build three versions: one for the Asian market, one for Europe and a sportier one.”

The Lotus City Car Concept is powered by an electric motor that produces 72-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at less than 3,086 pounds, the City Car has the ability to go from 0 to 62 mph in 9 seconds with a top speed of 106 mph. When fully-charged, the City Car can travel 37 miles until the battery runs out. It also carries a flex-fuel 1.2L 3-cylinder engine that helps extend the range.

Lotus City Car Concept:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: CAR