Features

Why Lotus’ future is far from being ‘safe’

Last week an article was published online by Auto Express magazine, with the title “Lotus’ future is safe”. In the interests of transparency and to ensure an honest dialogue, I’ll provide a little background on the source of this article and why you should still maintain an open mind about Lotus’ future.

Girls & Cars: Emma Quinlan

Emma Quinlan is a rare breed of car enthusiast, in fact she’s a rare breed of girl. On the surface she appears to be a model, burlesque performer and party host, but get to know her and you’d find she’s an animal lover, outdoors type and huge fan of horse racing.

Is DRB-Hicom Fiddling While Lotus Burns..?

For any business to function it needs to produce a product or service, sell it to customers, develop new offerings and promote them in order to generate demand. It also needs working capital to pay its suppliers, develop its staff and motivate all involved in its organisation to outperform its competitors. Lotus appears to be doing none of these, and to all intents and purposes is like a patient ‘surviving’ on life support – not ‘living’ – because that would involve actually getting up and doing something, but surviving – as in artificially being kept alive.

The Twelve Most Valuable Automotive Brands of 2012

Earlier this week, Interbrand, one of the world’s largest branding consultancies, published its 2012 review of ‘Top 100 Brands’. It makes interesting reading, not least because this is the first time Facebook joins the list following its controversial IPO in May.

But of course we’re interested in the Automotive brands and what it tells us about sector’s recovery, following the unprecedented slump in 2009/10.

EV Futures: Electric dreams – from nightmare to nirvana

With electric super car ‘halo’ models entering the fray, environmentally-friendly cars are about to become a lot more desirable. So, what’s the catch?

The competitive landscape for electric vehicles will change forever in 2013, not because of a deluge of sensible, affordable city cars from China, but because the biggest most aspirational car brands will begin a land grab of our heart and minds with a mind-boggling array of super sports cars.

INTERVIEW: British F3 Champion Jack Harvey talks with SkiddMark

“My friends often ask me if I get scared by what I do or find it intimidating and I have to say no, of course not. It’s not because if I did I’d be slow but it’s because if you’re scared of this sport you’re going to be a danger to yourself, to others and likely to cause an accident. So no, I’m not scared at all.”

These words sound like some long lost mythical quotes by the legendary Ayrton Senna, but instead they’re from the cerebral man most likely to succeed Lewis Hamilton as Britain’s next top racing driver – 17 year old Jack Harvey.

The Trouble with Klout

Back in the ’90s I worked with several well-known global companies helping them implement performance measurement systems to prioritise decisions, reward individuals and cut down on the information noise inherent in any leading enterprise.