- Petrol-electric hybrid with zero-emissions mode. - Based on Proton city car concept. - Due in 2014.
Even though Lotus has unveiled an astonishing six brand new cars in Paris, this one sticks out like a sore thumb - it's a city car. We expect sleek sports cars from the British maker, but the Concept City Car is new ground.
What's all the fuss about?
There's a huge buzz surrounding Lotus at the Paris Show - its stand was an absolute circus during its scheduled press conference as it rolled out car after car. And celebrity after celebrity - Mickey Rourke and Naomi Campbell among them. This city car, based on the Proton Emas, is garnering the least amount of attention - but it just might be pivotal to Lotus' success
What makes it so green?
An electric motor twinned with a 'flex-fuel engine' means this is a range-extender of the Vauxhall Ampera type, capable of electric-only drive. Lotus may not actually build it, although the company might need a volume car if it's to sustain the six new models it has penned for release before 2016. This could be it.
Estimated release date: 2014.
Estimated cost: From around £20,000.