Lotus range is cleaner than ever

* CO2 emissions from 179 g/km * Up to 3.2mpg extra * On sale now...

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What Car? Staff
17 Apr 2009 10:35 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Lotus has tweaked its Elise and Exige models to eke out better fuel economy and cut CO2 emissions.

Lotus says that the changes are a result of continuous improvement and have cut emissions by up to 9% and increased fuel economy by a similar figure.

The entry-level Elise S model gets the biggest benefits, with average fuel economy up from 34.0mpg to 37.2mpg and CO2 emissions down from 196g/km to 179g/km.

Compared with many high-performance rivals, the Lotus range's lightweight construction and small-capacity engines give it lower CO2 emissions.

Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus, said: 'The Lotus philosophy of performance through light weight is even more relevant in today's emissions-focused ecological world.

'We are at the cutting edge of green transport technology and we will continue to push the boundaries with our green research and environmental strategy.'