It’s good to see Lotus back with a humorous press release – watch out for the closing credits at the end of this video…
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.
In the light of continuing speculation, Lotus has taken the extraordinary step and released a full statement to dispel any rumours and clarify the present situation.
Although some of Group Lotus’ recent plans have been scoffed at by many (myself included), the one aspect I ‘really’ approve of is Lotus’ move into rallying. After all, how can we not embrace the chance to see something modern and exotic join the slip-fest, even if it is only for a few FIA European Rally Championship events.
When is an Elise not an Elise? When it’s an Exige with its roof removed. Kind of like an Elise, but not. If you see what I mean.
No? Well neither did we.
The long-running saga between Group Lotus and Tony Fernandes’ 1Malaysia Racing Team has been brought to an amicable conclusion. In a joint-statement released earlier this morning, Proton, Group Lotus, 1Malaysia Racing Team and its owner Tony Fernandes announced that the legal dispute in the English Courts relating to the “LOTUS” and “TEAM LOTUS” brands had now ended with the parties agreeing settlement terms earlier this month.
Following our recent interview with Caterham’s CEO, Ansar Ali – Behind the scenes at Caterham Cars – the company has now confirmed details of its programme to develop the next iconic Caterham model.
I have been sitting on some news about Caterham during the past few weeks, as we waited on some of the moves to play out. And it’s been fascinating to watch this minnow of the car industry become such a talking point on the global stage.
You have to admire the ambition of Dany Bahar and his team at Lotus, despite doubts over the scale and achievability of their New Era strategy, they’ve certainly raised the brand’s profile during the two months since their Paris Motorshow bombshell.
Turning the small Norfolk car maker into a worthy Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche rival is on a par with Red Bull winning the F1 World Championship – an unlikely ambition and yet we’ve just witnessed the Austrian drinks company achieving just that.
With all the shenanigans surrounding the recent Paris Motor Show, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Metamorphosis is yet another new Lotus model ready the join the Esprit, Elan, Elite, Elise and Eterne. Fear not, for Metamorphosis is in fact a unique collaboration between Lotus and the award winning French artist Gérard Rancinan – due to be revealed on Friday (12th November) at an exclusive VIP event in Los Angeles.
Lotus surprised attendees at the Paris show today by unveiling not one, but five new models, rather overshadowing the Lotus Evora S and Evora Auto which also made their debut at the show. Four out of the five cars are completely new models (Elite, Elan, Esprit and Eterne) whilst Lotus also displayed a redesigned Elise, due to reach production in 2015. By then the Lotus Brand will be unrecognisable from today, with prices substantially higher and very different customer profile.
Lotus’ revised Elise harks back to the 1996 original in more ways than just its mustard paint finish.