The Lotus Europa has been marketed as a bigger softer Elise but it never really picked up sales. Maybe perhaps because people who want a Lotus aren’t big fans of practicality.
And then the Norfolk based company launched the Evora which is a truly practical car the Europa pretty much bombed when it came to sales.
To this respect Lotus have decided to drop the Europa from sales and production and as of now the European dealers have stopped taking orders for the big Elise based coupe and the production facility has watered down activity to keep current orders in check.
As a short reminder for the dying British sports car, the Europa was launched back in 2006 with a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four putting out around 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque fitted to a slightly bigger body than you might get in an Elise.
Should you step back and take a look at it the Europa may have been a weird way of testing the water in the comfort department for the British company before the actual release of the Evora.