CHICAGO – Technically, Lotus never left the U.S. market. But the handful of ultra-exclusive Esprits sold here – averaging about 125 a year – hardly constitute a show of force, even at the car’s $95,000 pricepoint. However, this year Lotus is changing its approach, with the belated arrival of the Elise to U.S. shores. This stripped-down, bare-bones sports car, far more accessible at less than half the price of the Esprit, is looking to jump volumes to the 2,200-2,400 range when it goes on ...

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