BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The good news: North America finally gets a crack at Lotus Cars’ fabulously focused Elise roadster. The bad news: The first entry-level Lotus in more than a decade is the antithesis of what Americans currently are buying. Lotus officials figure it doesn’t matter the Elise is the polar opposite of the overstuffed, overweight and flaccid-handling SUV that typifies the “American car” nowadays. There appears to be plenty of pent-up demand for the Elise: Lotus aficionados ...

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