No Emira for me 😕

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I’m keeping fingers crossed on that.

People really need an update on their delivery date so they can plan for the trip. The trip balance is due for payment in mid July. I’ll be trying to find out more at Goodwood then we can take a view.
Ah, you might need to be transparent with them and ask for more time. We might be okay, just thinking of all those that were interested.
 

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It's on my radar and I'm planning to contact the current participants and Steam Packet after Goodwood, in the hope I might know a bit more about delivery dates.
 

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Nice one, Tom.
My only big fear left is that, due to one thing or another, we don't even get the car in August and might even miss IoM. I had so many plans and booked quite a few things. If August gets wiped out and deliveries start to look like mid-Sep to Dec then a LOT of people wobble on deliveries.

Anyway, let's hope for the best as we always do.
 

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I believe it will not be expensive and probably undercut the usual rivals.

However, I do see a problem, for some, with servicing logistics and possibly parts, for the short-term to 18-months or so.
 

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I believe it will not be expensive and probably undercut the usual rivals.

However, I do see a problem, for some, with servicing logistics and possibly parts, for the short-term to 18-months or so.
We haven't really been told what is happening in regards to dealer network and that's in the UK yet alone global
 

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Yep, exactly... that is my concern for others (I am personally fine where I live).
We have very little info on the forward planning part of all of this and it has to be a valid concern for many.
 

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We haven't really been told what is happening in regards to dealer network and that's in the UK yet alone global
There was the UK review which finished last year, resulting in some leaving the network, many confirmed as staying, some new additions and indications of further new ones to be added. I think they said roughly where in the country the new ones would be. It was probably in a Lotus press release mid last year.

Edit: here you go, UK dealers and intended new locations:
 

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There was the UK review which finished last year, resulting in some leaving the network, many confirmed as staying, some new additions and indications of further new ones to be added. I think they said roughly where in the country the new ones would be. It was probably in a Lotus press release mid last year.

Edit: here you go, UK dealers and intended new locations:
I dont know about you, but I'm not sure how committed that dealer network is anymore...
Let's just say mine isnt exactly engaging. So much so i will have the Emira delivered to my house now rather than them. Only reason I was delivering to them was to build up a relationship. I don't do one sided relationships tho. Well not if it's me doing all the work 😅
 
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I dont know about you, but I'm not sure how committed that dealer network is anymore...
Let's just say mine is exactly engaging. So much so i will have the Emira delivered to my house now rather than them. Only reason I was delivering to them was to build up a relationship. I don't do one sided relationships tho. Well not if it's me doing all the work 😅
Same here , i may choose mine to get delivered. Sheffield is meant to come on line at some time.
 

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Same here , i may choose mine to get delivered. Sheffield is meant to come on line at some time.
Have you tried some comms with them? I've had 3 emails forwarded to the receptionist, when it was obvious she wouldn't be able to help. And I've rung three times and not been called back. Shame as the owner seemed like a proper petrol head
 

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I dont know about you, but I'm not sure how committed that dealer network is anymore...
Let's just say mine isnt exactly engaging. So much so i will have the Emira delivered to my house now rather than them. Only reason I was delivering to them was to build up a relationship. I don't do one sided relationships tho. Well not if it's me doing all the work 😅
Sorry to hear that. I know many are as frustrated as we are at the lack of comms. Despite all that, mine has been responsive to questions and shared what they can. But I’ve known them for 20+ years.
 

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Sorry to hear that. I know many are as frustrated as we are at the lack of comms. Despite all that, mine has been responsive to questions and shared what they can. But I’ve known them for 20+ years.
That's the relationship I want. But Lotus and the dealer don't seem to want to reciprocate 😅
They really could have been the real enthiasts Porsche. But they have got the business model terribly wrong from the off unfortunately 😕 #forthedrivers was brilliant and promised so much. The only good bit of marketing to come out of Lotus so far. Unfortunately they haven't backed it up in actions, comms or dare I say product. (they should have at least offered a performance driving pack)
 

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Sorry to hear that. I know many are as frustrated as we are at the lack of comms. Despite all that, mine has been responsive to questions and shared what they can. But I’ve known them for 20+ years.
Service depts probably worth a relationship still.

One of the joys is chatting to the mechanics/service teams.
 

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That's the relationship I want. But Lotus and the dealer don't seem to want to reciprocate 😅
They really could have been the real enthiasts Porsche, but they have got the business model terribly wrong from the off unfortunately 😕
They’ve decided the new business model is right for them. A La Tesla et al.

We are just the customers.

We just want a brown cardboard box delivered to our doorstep. And a bunch of follow up emails with our names on (that’s real top personalisation there!) pushing stuff on us.

Well, at least that’s what they’ve decided that enough of us want!

Doesn’t look like £80,000 is enough to get anything more personal than that.

Which is rubbish, given there are some brilliant examples of high quality customer service, customer engagement, community building for much lower price point products.

Luckily for Lotus is the ‘old guard’ do such a great job of keeping the brand alive, building a great community, offering lots of advice - all with a smile and joy - despite all the well documented challenges over the years!

But it sounds like the ‘old guard’ are not valued.

PS I’m not old guard as I’m 35, slim, dark hair (all my own), wear cool clothes and have a tasteful number of tattoos, a fine whisky collection and go for cool looking drives only at dusk or dawn on empty country roads while staring into the middle distance with a slight frown/ enigmatic smile. Then return to my Nordic style house on the lake to drink my cool whisky collection and stare into the middle distance some more and give a self satisfied smile.
 

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They’ve decided the new business model is right for them. A La Tesla et al.

We are just the customers.

We just want a brown cardboard box delivered to our doorstep. And a bunch of follow up emails with our names on (that’s real top personalisation there!) pushing stuff on us.

Well, at least that’s what they’ve decided that enough of us want!

Doesn’t look like £80,000 is enough to get anything more personal than that.

Which is rubbish, given there are some brilliant examples of high quality customer service, customer engagement, community building for much lower price point products.

Luckily for Lotus is the ‘old guard’ do such a great job of keeping the brand alive, building a great community, offering lots of advice - all with a smile and joy - despite all the well documented challenges over the years!

But it sounds like the ‘old guard’ are not valued.

PS I’m not old guard as I’m 35, slim, dark hair (all my own), wear cool clothes and have a tasteful number of tattoos, a fine whisky collection and go for cool looking drives only at dusk or dawn on empty country roads while staring into the middle distance with a slight frown/ enigmatic smile. Then return to my Nordic style house on the lake to drink my cool whisky collection and stare into the middle distance some more and give a self satisfied smile.
Are you the new James Bond ?
 

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PS I’m not old guard as I’m 35, slim, dark hair (all my own), wear cool clothes and have a tasteful number of tattoos, a fine whisky collection and go for cool looking drives only at dusk or dawn on empty country roads while staring into the middle distance with a slight frown/ enigmatic smile. Then return to my Nordic style house on the lake to drink my cool whisky collection and stare into the middle distance some more and give a self satisfied smile.

*swipes right*
 
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