In 1897 the New York Journal reported that Mark Twain had died. Upon reading his own obituary, Twain famously quipped, "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." As it turns out, we could say the same for the Lotus Esprit. The news had stemmed from a report in the Dutch edition of AutoWeek magazine
, indicating that Lotus' new parent company DRB-HiCom had stopped development of the new Esprit, the last in a series of ambitious projects initiated by former CEO Dany Bahar before his termination.