Bahar's era, however, came crashing down when DRB-Hicom took over. Bahar was sacked for misappropriating funds, and with him have gone all his plans. Although DRB-Hicom was initially expected to keep just one of Bahar's planned projects (the new Esprit) on the table, reports now indicate that even that has been axed. As a result, Lotus will carry on with the current Elise, Exige and Evora. Although the Evora arrived in 2008 as a completely new product, the Elise and Exige have been around essentially since 1995 when Romano Artioli named the car after his granddaughter. So while Lotus itself may be entering a new era, its vehicles are not.