After sitting out the 2015 model year, Lotus says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end.
The boutique British sports car maker signaled its plans to resume U.S. sales this year, but didn't disclose a time frame.
Lotus did not sell a 2015 Evora because the vehicle did not meet U.S. safety regulations requiring smart airbags, which detect when a passenger is buckled in. An exemption for boutique automakers granted by federal officials expired after the 2014 model year. The few Evoras Lotus has sold this year were leftover 2014 models.
In March at the Geneva auto show, Lotus unveiled a revamped Evora 400 with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine and a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds. In a statement issued last week in England, Lotus said that the car will be available in the United States as a 2017 model. The company told Automotive News last week that the Evora 400 would meet U.S. smart airbag requirements.
The company also announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters from Lawrenceville, Ga., to Ann Arbor, Mich., into quarters occupied by Lotus Engineering Inc., another branch of the company. The move will be completed by the end of July.