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    Angus McMillan
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  1. Yes, I think launching the DS range was his idea
  2. Toyota would be my first choice too, IF they purchased Lotus completely. Any situation that involves a financial player such as Aston has can be unstable as they'll want big profits in return or to be able to sell at some point to get something back for their investment. Lotus can be profitable but maybe not at the level required for such a solution to work. Can I make the case for PSA given there are suggestions they could be the most likely suitor? Carlos Tavares has turned PSA around from a huge debt situation in a relatively short space of time. He is a hard headed business man f
  3. That is exactly how they should launch it - stylised trailer and lotus track car behind it. A version with rally car cues could potentially look great too! I'm glad they are talking about something relatively compact, low slung, light and distinctive. Jmg has done well so far so I'm going to trust that he produces a car worthy of the Lotus badge. At least they aren't rushing it!
  4. I guess Lotus needs to risk the Ip issue, but they also need to make sure they keep full control of the brand. They made mistakes with that in the past... Just spotted this autoexpress article with comment from Jmg. It states that existing Lotus cars will be exclusive to Hethel:
  5. I doubt Lotus' current range are going to be big sellers in China, and while in industry terms the investment isn't massive - it does suggest they have more ambitious plans than only assembling a relatively small number of sportscars.
  6. Anyone seen this? Could this be the relationship that allows Lotus to build a saloon or SUV? Wouldn't be a fan of the SUV unless it was essential to secure Lotus' future. Mention of building engines doesn't seem quite right either as Jmg had said they wouldn't go down that route
  7. As someone who was sucked into the Bahar thing because I wanted to see a new Esprit (even though I would never have been able to afford it), I think they should keep things simple. Think they will struggle with the Evora or anything bigger more expensive. However a new Elise and Exige that are: fractionally bigger without putting on much weight easier to get in and out of have more user friendly and attractive interiors (perhaps use his connections to borrow the touch screen and digital display from the new Citroen C4 Cactus - that might sound like a joke but these could easily be mounted
  8. I agree with this. I was a huge supporter of the Bahar plan as it seemed so incredible but convincing at the time. Now I feel Lotus needs to concentrate on a single drivetrain that they can re-engineer for a series of different models and customers. Many of the engine parts will most likely have to be bought in. I get that V6 and V8 cars naturally sound better, but with clever engineering four cylinders can also produce a fantastic noise! Apart from the late 90's Esprit 4 cylinder engines have dominated Lotus' past after all. The Alfa 4C and up coming Caterham/Alpine twins are Lotus' n
  9. Would love to see Lotus revealing even a little of their plan, like Caterham has on Skiddmark: Plan seems credible, especially with the Renault JV. Would people accept a Lotus sportscar developed via a JV and would they also accept Lotus if they had a couple of 'core' sports cars and then SUVs and mini cars aimed at developing markets? I would have been horrified at the thought not so long ago, but now I could imagine a new Elise, a production version of the Ethos city car concept and some form of small sporty
  10. Cheerier article on Skiddmark -
  11. Sh*t. However who knows if this is A) entirley credible and B) if it does happen someone might pick up the pieces and do something good with them (such as Genii?). Definitely a real kick in the face after yesterday.
  12. Great win, and it wasn't a result of crashes or the misfortune of others, so very optimistic for the season ahead
  13. Thanks Mark, really interesting. I hope something new appears soon and it is a genuinely new product rather than a couple of new bumpers, a dodgy sat nav upgrade and some shouty stickers. However it is good to hear that there is a product plan and that the dealers are impressed. Hopefully the 2010 Elise concept will lend some inspiration to the next generation car.
  14. Sorry, haven't been about so much lately so may have missed it, but when and where did DRB say that I can't find any mention of it anywhere? (I've only seen fairly vague commitments to retaining ownership and expanding sales in the far east). The 4C is awesome and even the odd looking lights are growing on me. I also love the Pininfarina Sergio, which is much more interesting than the LaFerrari.
  15. There is in an interesting comment in the new Car out on Wednesday (Subscribers get it today). There is a big section celebrating Aston Martins centenary, which includes an interview with Ulrich Bez. He talks a lot about the benefits of independence but when discussing producing a smaller Aston Martin Boxster rival he says its a good idea but they would need a partner. The interviewer mentions Lotus and he replies "that they are always talking to lots of people", but doesn't deny it either. Could be nothing of course but if Lotus is ditching the plan to move upmarket this could be a very a
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