Yes, these Kia Elans came after Lotus were done with the slow selling, front-wheel drive Elans and they sold the rights to Kia. Not much was changed visually other than a taller ride height and unique tailights. They also replaced the Isuzu 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that produced 162bhp with its own naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre 150bhp engine.
For those of you who are keen on getting one here, you probably won't get a chance since they are all in left-hand drive only. However, there are a still a couple of the nearly 4,000 Elans that was produced by Lotus, still on the road here.