Paris Motor Show: Lotus City Car

October 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here’s a standalone picture of the most relevant of all the Lotus prototypes, if not the most spectacular-looking. The City Car, one of the Proton EMAS trio, is a serious contender for production, but Lotus is said to be looking for a joint-venture partner to make it happen. It’s the upmarket model of the EMAS cars, and a potential rival for the Aston Martin Cygnet  – and basically, it’s a handy way for Lotus to bring down its corporate average CO2 output and to flog an auxilliary runaround to its sports car customers. It features the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder ‘Omnivore’ engine as a range-extender, has an all-in range of 500km, an all-electric range of 60km and a respectable 0-60 time of nine seconds, plus a top speed of 170kph; overall CO2 emissions stand at 60g/km.


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