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  1. Autocar reports on JLR's recent success. Bits of interest include: "Before taxes, JLR had a profit margin of 17.9 per cent, which is likely to be the highest in the car industry." and... "Jaguar and Land Rover sold a combined 113,000 vehicles, 27 per cent more than the same period in 2012." and... "With a quarterly profit of £619 million after tax, JLR now seems to be covering its massive R&D budget from day-to-day profits." Meanwhile, in Norfolk, the charity collectin
  2. It looks like it'll be just as hard to get into as an Elise with the roof on!
  3. Jonny, since your family has been such sterling supporters of the german brand, and surely you've wafted Lotus products their way, maybe you should compile a report based on their decision-making process and submit it to Lotus so they could learn how to build products people actually want to buy! You know it's the right thing to do! :-)
  4. From this autocar article: "last year spending some £267m, which was ‘almost’ 15 per cent of the company’s revenues. It’s a proportion that is around double of what the typical premium carmaker spends on R&D." Let's be generous and say Lotus almost doubles sales in the next couple of years to 5k cars per year. Average price in GBP (including worldwide sales)? 60K? Rounding up generously again to the nearest 100 million, that's 300 million turnover. Any idea about how much of tha
  5. It's important not to underestimate the effect of currency exchange rate fluctuations. Though the AUD is off its recent highs, this is the 10 year EURO-AUD graph, and you can have fun with other currencies: The bottom line is that a lot of countries have run their finances abysmally over the last few years, including ours, and this has left the AUD gaining value generally, which is not what you want if you're trying to export cars. I don't know the history of Toyota in Australia, but I bet they made the move on the basis of the cu
  6. The pits: you asked "I'd be really interested to know your idea a Lotus that "people want to buy" might be. I don't think the answer is a single car, but it's easier to find buyers for your products if some of them at least fit more easily into people's lives as an only vehicle. That said, Lotus knows that profit-per-car x number of cars sold is what delivers them the cash to invest in the future, so they ought to be working out for themselves what is going to deliver the finances needed to fund continuous development. It's worth noting that Lotus have always sold very low volumes -
  7. Poor old Lotus. It's just so unfair! Why do all those other manufacturers have loads of swanky dealerships? If only Lotus had 10 times the number of dealers, well sales would rocket, right? Look at what Maserati are doing (Maserati in the UK sold 500ish cars in the UK in 2013) : A few months back they unveiled plans to double the dealer network and aim to sell 1800 in 2014, and globally they're aiming to increase sales five-fold in 2 years to 50,000 a year. "The growth is driven by the launch of
  8. Is that the world's first implementation of a car with dynamic ride adjustment? I see it's on the 'bone shaking' setting, but if the black castors are retracted it would end up in the 'merely bloody awful' mode :-)
  9. There's really nothing new here. "Lets not forget that in 2008 under MJK the company made it's first profit in 10 years and that was done with tight cost control and planning, good Management and a profitable Engineering and specialist Sport's departments. All of which have been re-instigated under the current team! It took my old man 2 years + to get to that stage but it is possible to do and I think the current team can do it." Kimbers, without wanting to take away the achievement of making Lotus actually turn a profit, it wasn't enough, unless you don't consider it important t
  10. "But whatever they make they need to find a way to get it noticed and driven. If Alfa just came out with the Exige V6 Roadster or Porsche made a 345bhp, 1170kg Boxster they would be queuing round the block...." Really? The boxster's unladen weight is just over 1300kg - 300kg less than the lightest Jaguar F type (as a comparison). And Porsche already sell loads of Boxsters, in part because of the particular blend of practicality and agility they offer - it's possibly one of the most practical 'single car' roadster propositions on the market. If there was a way to significantly reduce t
  11. I'd like to see a graph of Lotus output over the last 30 years, perhaps broken down into territory. Does anyone have that?
  12. "Also, the speed of the change/usefulness seems to only apply to Expensive sports cars. Has anyone out there ever tried the similar boxes on family cars and diesels? They are truly horrible, slow everything down and leave you standing in the middle of roundabouts!" Our daily car is a dual clutch golf, and a friend of ours has one too (we've got the one that handles more power and is 'wet' and the friend has one of the lower-power-handling 'dry' boxes) .Both cars are pretty seamless - ours is about 6 years old now - but there are stories of horror about ex-warranty repair costs when they do
  13. If you didn't see it, this article was quite a good read, mainly because they approached a variety of manufacturers to find out if it was just customer demand... See what you think...
  14. What a depressing thread. Ride and drive safely boys and girls!
  15. On further reading I was quite surprised to read that CVT is making a come-back: Especially interesting was the chance they might be combined with motors in electric cars... which at first sight seems an unnecessary thing to do... Also - I'm not sure reliability matters too much in F1 - as long as it lasts as long as normal gearboxes and engines (which don't last that long at all for F1 at least) Finally, I should have offered to pits acceptance that when (s)he said that F1 wante
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