No more Lotus Elise or Exige for America, China car sales suck, and the Saab story continuesRay Wert6/09/11 9:00amFiled to: The Morning ShiftMorning ShiftTmsTop1631EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis is the Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parcel it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important?1st Gear: Lotus said it will end production in August of Elise and Exige for North America. The news was confirmed by Lotus spokesman Kevin Smith in response to an e-mail query from Edmunds' Inside Line. Lotus in the U.S. introduced the 2011 Elise and Exige in late 2010. While the Exige was carried over virtually unchanged, the 2011 Elise received an exterior freshening and new wheels. For 2011, the Elise is offered in the U.S. in two versions - the base sports car, powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 189 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque, and the Elise SC with a 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder producing 218 hp and 156 lb-ft. So, if you want a new Elise in the United States, you'll now have to wait until 2014 when Joy Behar Dany Bahar builds the next one. First he just needs to finish building the lifestyle side of the Lotus brand.