Bad news first: the £53K Lotus is indeed subject to an "unfortunate delay". However, according to Lotus this isn't so much due to any actual durability issues, as the new shareholders insisting on "additional testing to ensure optimum quality and production efficiency standards are met."
Similarly, production is up and running, and the first cars are expected next week - rather than in 2013, as some have speculated. Lotus has even shuffled the schedule to prioritise customer cars over showroom cars, we're told.
As for those 'new shareholders' - they (at the last count) would still be DRB-Hicom, a Malaysian automotive group that assembles vehicles for a number of carmakers, including Honda, Mercedes, Suzuki and Volkswagen. Just so you know.