• Daytona South Africa are the official importers of Lotus sports cars.
• The Lotus lineup will be headlined by the all-electric Evija.
• Daytona also imports Aston Martin, McLaren, Pagani, and Rolls-Royce.
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Daytona South Africa acquired the rights as sole importer for Lotus vehicles. Lotus, the British sports car maker, did service in South Africa several years ago, but economic conditions and a struggling Rand saw the automaker pull out of the country.
Now, though, Daytona will reunite South Africans with the famed British automaker and reignite relationship that always enjoyed a fair amount of success.
Justin Divaris, CEO of Daytona (sole importers of Aston Martin, McLaren, Pagani and Rolls-Royce), commented: "Being appointed as the new sole distributor for this prestigious brand, a brand well-known and loved by South Africans, is truly exciting. We strongly believe that Lotus will complement our current brand mix and offering to our clients, and we look forward to what the future holds for this partnership."
The Evija is the first electrified car from Lotus and a bold statement of intent about the company's plans for the future. The thrilling next chapter of one of the greatest automotive stories ever told, the Lotus Evija, continues a rich 72-year tradition of iconic and game-changing road and racing cars.
Weighing 1680kg, the Evija is powered by a pure electric powertrain with drive sent to all four wheels. Targeted to be the most powerful production car in the world, the Evija is fitted with a 70kWh/2000kW battery that produces 1700Nm of torque. According to Lotus, the Evija will clear 0-100km/h in under three seconds, and 0-300km/h in under nine seconds.
Charging through 350kW charger, the car needs 18min to charge from empty to full, according to Lotus, and will cover an all-electric range of around 345km. Top speed is 320km/h.
Lotus says that the car's production will begin in 2021.
The new Lotus showroom will be situated at Daytona's premises in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, with the all-electric Evija forming the centrepiece of the opening celebrations.
Daytona says its world-class 4000sqm showroom and 4000sqm workshop, with coffee bar, client lounges and private meetings rooms, is testament to its commitment and dedication to offering its clients more than just a car showroom. It is a way of life, which is why Lotus has selected this prime dealership as its new home in South Africa.
Geoff Dowding, executive director, sales and aftersales, Lotus, added: "We're delighted to be working with the Daytona team in South Africa. Lotus has always enjoyed strong support in this market, and the new Lotus sales and service centre in Melrose Arch is a wonderful addition to our global network of retailers."
Compiled by: Charlen Raymond