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The cars : Lotus Esprit X180

The cars : Lotus Esprit X180

A very British supercar When the Esprit burst onto the scene in October 1975, it had a similar effect on fans of the marque as that fateful storm had on the gardens of countless homeowners in 1987. Designed as the flagship of a triumvirate of cars, which also included the Elite and Éclat and was to shed […]

News Analysis : Can Honda rescue Lotus?

News Analysis : Can Honda rescue Lotus?

Christopher Sawyer Just over one week ago, Automotive News Europe reported that Honda had signed an agreement with Malaysian automaker Proton ‘to explore opportunities to collaborate in technology and new product line-up.’ That’s a pretty nebulous and open ended statement, promising much but committing to nothing. However, that didn’t stop the speculation. Interestingly, the first […]

News : Bahar plays checkers, DRB-Hicom plays chess

News : Bahar plays checkers, DRB-Hicom plays chess

Christopher Sawyer Recently, I had the pleasure of regaling colleagues with stories about Lotus, Proton and DRB-Hicom during a dinner in Monterey, California. I was talking on an off-the-record basis and so was free to mention many of the things I have learned over the years, as well as my theories, suspicions, etc. Things I could […]

Analysis : What Bahar didn’t do, but should have

Analysis : What Bahar didn’t do, but should have

Christopher Sawyer The announcement came yesterday, but it wasn’t unexpected. Dany Bahar has been removed from the CEO post at Group Lotus with immediate effect. Rather than speculate what happens next, or what brought Bahar down, it’s probably best to examine what should have been done. Let’s assume, for the moment, that Bahar was hired […]

Analysis : Lotus in limbo

Analysis : Lotus in limbo

Another spin on the Group Lotus merry-go-round Christopher Sawyer DRB-HICOM Berhad’s (DRB-Hicom) recent acquisition of PROTON Holdings Berhad (Proton) also gave the company control of Lotus Group International Limited, the owner of struggling British engineering consultancy and sports car maker, Group Lotus PLC (Lotus) – or, if you wish to read that another way, the […]

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News : Elise to become a Caterham in 2012?

News : Elise to become a Caterham in 2012?

Chris Sawyer Our sources tell us that a team of engineers, many ex-Lotus, are beavering away in the Hethel Engineering Centre. Word has it they are working on an Elise chassis powered by a Renaultsport engine/transmission, and that the car will launch under the Caterham banner next year. Whether the car will carry the Elise name […]

First Drive : Lotus Evora IPS

First Drive : Lotus Evora IPS

Keith Adams An amazing thing happened back in 2008  – global sales of two-pedal cars overtook their three-pedal counterparts. Roads have become more congested and so fewer people want the bother of a clutch. That’s why so many supercars are fitted with paddle-shifters – and why Lotus has launched the Evora IPS – Intelligent Precision Shift. IPS adds £1800 […]

Bahar blows credibility, loses Lotus?

Bahar blows credibility, loses Lotus?

Chris Sawyer Well, having just read the entire Judgment in the ‘Group Lotus vs. Team Lotus’ case (my name for it), I can only say that Sir Walter Scott’s saying, ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,’ pretty much describes the history of Lotus (Group and Team) and the […]

Lotus : The High Court Judge rules in favour…

Lotus : The High Court Judge rules in favour…

Keith Adams …of Team Lotus! Well, it’s a High Court case that’s been running since the end of 2010 and today it looks as though we might have a resolution – Mr. Justice Peter Smith has concluded that Team Lotus can continue running with the name. This is despite Group Lotus’ assertion that its title sponsorship deal […]

Group Lotus : CEO Dany Bahar contemplates a future without Proton

Group Lotus : CEO Dany Bahar contemplates a future without Proton

Malaysia’s PROTON Holdings Berhad has been propping up Lotus cars for many years and has emerged as a key player in funding the British sports car company’s ambitious new product plans. 

Team Lotus : Formula One Team acquires Caterham Cars Limited

For anyone not up to speed with the Lotus vs Lotus saga in Formula 1, it’s been about the Group Lotus title sponsorship of the Renault F1 cars (to create the black-and-gold Lotus-Renault) and Team Lotus’ tussle for the same name (to create Team Lotus-Renault). The story has now taken another interesting twist as Team Lotus […]

What Team Lotus’ takeover of Caterham Cars could really mean

What Team Lotus’ takeover of Caterham Cars could really mean

Chris Sawyer  The cat is out of the bag. Team Lotus has acquired Caterham Cars. Conventional wisdom is convinced this is an attempt by Team Lotus’ Principal Tony Fernandes to manufacture an “out” should the court case over rights to the Team Lotus name go against him in the coming weeks. Couple this with the […]

Lotus : Havoc in Hethel

Chris Sawyer Dany Bahar is lucky Lotus is an obscure British car manufacturer – the truth behind the recent goings on at Lotus might otherwise be more well known and be broadcast far more widely. However, the Wall Street Journal took a look at Mr. Bahar’s attempt to create concurrently a new image, new branding and […]

Lotus : The Day of Reckoning in the IPR battle draws nearer…

Lotus : The Day of Reckoning in the IPR battle draws nearer…

Chris Sawyer, Executive Editor of US-based website Cars In Context, reflects upon this week’s developments in the dispute over the IPRs to the Team Lotus Trade Marks. Well, 21 March, 2011 is to be the day of reckoning. That is the day when Mr Justice Peter Smith will hear arguments from the lawyers representing Group Lotus […]

Lotus : New images of next-gen models released

Lotus : New images of next-gen models released

Keith Adams     How we all swooned over Lotus’ amazing line-up of new cars when they were rolled-out at the Paris Motor Show in 2010. No less than six new cars were shown to the world, ranging from an interesting little City Car Concept to a Porsche Panamera-rivalling four-door, which looks set to cost well over £150,000 […]

By 27 December 2010 19 Comments Read More →
Lots of turmoil, usually serious

Lots of turmoil, usually serious

Chris Sawyer, Executive Editor of US-based website Cars In Context, reflects on his time as Communications Director of Lotus Cars USA Inc. Through long-term friendships with Lotus personnel, many stretching back over 20 years, and my time as the Communications Director of Lotus Cars USA Inc. (LCU) – a position that was the main focus of my […]

Lotus : The inside track on the wrangle over the Team Lotus IPRs

Lotus : The inside track on the wrangle over the Team Lotus IPRs

Chris Sawyer, Executive Editor of US-based website Cars In Context, gives us his analysis of the latest developments in the dispute over the IPRs to the Team Lotus Trade Marks.

Lotus : The never-ending Proton saga continues…

Lotus : The never-ending Proton saga continues…

Chris Sawyer, Executive Editor of US-based website Cars In Context and a seasoned Lotus observer, takes a close look at PROTON Holdings Berhad’s latest plans for the future of Group Lotus plc.   What is happening inside Group Lotus plc? The company showed five new concepts at the recent Paris Motor Show, all headed for production […]

Paris 2010 : Lotus’ brave new world unveiled

Paris 2010 : Lotus’ brave new world unveiled

Keith Adams  Lotus is stepping into the past for the names for its upcoming foursome of sports cars – planned for launch from 2014. The move into the price stratosphere mirrors Colin Chapman’s plans for the range back in the early ’70s, which brought us the good-looking Elite, Eclat and Esprit, so it’s only fitting […]

By 30 September 2010 13 Comments Read More →

Bond’s Esprit is up for grabs

Keith Adams With Bondmania hitting new heights with the release of the truly insipid Quantum of Solace, it’s understandable that collectors and owners of Bond artifacts are taking the plunge and selling their wares. We were, though, surprised to see that the Lotus Esprit used in The Spy Who Loved Me has gone on sale – […]

By 18 November 2008 0 Comments Read More →