They are stopping production of the roadster sooner than they planned for one reason: Lotus stopped selling their version over here too. It doesn't pass new airbag safety requirements, so they won't be able to use the body either. You can bet they would have liked to keep selling them but it is out of their hands at this point.
I would hope someone keeps track of this. And I wonder how an ex-exec could even say something like this unless it too is a "leak". I remember hearing Leo Laporte talk about his suspicions of the WSJ being an official leak.