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The guy has an engineering degree and is still only an Associate member of IMechE???

I would expect him to be a fellow if he has that much pedigree in the British manufacturing industry.

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Am putting money on this new guy (COO) being groomed to become the CEO pretty pronto. Sounds like there's a plan nestling under all this and I think it may now be surfacing.

Hope they do stick with the other plan. The one that was a bit hairy-chested, but at least had some cars in it. I liked that one. It had cool cars and awesome Motorsport to be proud of and even thousand pound leather jackets. And actual quality and even vision and courage and balls. But mainly it was the cool cars. Man, that Elite sure was something. Imagine it with the hybrid tech that they've already developed, and KERS, and a folding roof. Wow.

Am now - for the first time - declaring a Three Purple Alpha emergency and deploying to my nuclear bunker. This is when it has the potential to go properly badly pear-shaped.

Wake me when it's over.

When someone who cares buys the marque.

Right, am off to check my ORP and puritabs.

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The guy has an engineering degree and is still only an Associate member of IMechE???

I concur. The question is whether he just hasn't got around even to full Membership and Chartered status - the forms and procedure are rather a drag, and always more urgent things to do - or whether he is not sufficiently qualified. Given his prior roles, he surely passes the "responsible experience" tests! Now he needs to do so - for the sake of Lotus' honour. Can't have a junior running the show, dammit.

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Next big question is will all the folks DB brought in (Coco, Zimmerman etc) stay or go?

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Man, it's dark down here. Do tins have sell by dates? Hope not.

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Man, it's dark down here. Do tins have sell by dates? Hope not.

Just had a message from Dany and he asks if you have room for one more down there? He can bring his own supply of baked beans.

(If there isn't enough room he can arrange for extensive renovations to be carried out at a very reasonable cost)

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A real shame but at least they are going to have another crack at it and not sell the business on immediately.

I think its a reasonable assumption that some of the Paris concepts won't make it but the Esprit should. The real question is what they will develop to support it. After the 'high stakes' Bahar era I would expect the new management to play things safe so I suspect they might focus on just one or two extra products.

The success of the Evora variants which will be launched (hopefully) at Goodwood may convince the new management to invest in a relatively swift replacement on the new platform to build on these cars momentum. I just hope they keep the price down to Jaguar F-type levels (circa 60K) as this area of the market could allow Lotus to build many cars at decent profits. I would imagine the Elise/Exige will become a 'heritage' model with production and developments matching the small demand from enthusiasts.

For me the question is whether they continue with the Elite. Its a big risk as Lotus hasn't been known to the wider public for front engined GTs for many years and Aston Martin pretty much own this space in Lotus' big markets. The Elite concept was also not universally liked by the public. Perhaps if Lotus aren't sure they should show it as a concept at Goodwood and get some more feedback as there have apparently been big styling changes since Paris 2010.

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OK, all you erudite masters of the universe business hierarchy experts, explain to me the nuances of COO vs CEO. As both positions are above my pay grade, I'd like some clarification. Oh, and how do they relate to the Chairman's role?

And most importantly, which of the dude's multiple names makes the most sense to use in a post, or do I have to copy the entire "string" to the clipboard to paste it every time I make reference to him? Who's the resident Malaysian name analysis guru here?

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Just had a message from Dany and he asks if you have room for one more down there? He can bring his own supply of baked beans.

(If there isn't enough room he can arrange for extensive renovations to be carried out at a very reasonable cost)

Baked beans and Swiss chat for the next tens years. I'm tempted obviously and the bunker is looking a bit tired. Okay, but he can only bring a thousand pairs of cuff links and no leather trousers.

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Baked beans and Swiss chat for the next tens years. I'm tempted obviously and the bunker is looking a bit tired. Okay, but he can only bring a thousand pairs of cuff links and no leather trousers.

Gino and Swizzy wants in now, sorry.

Swizzy has an iPod full of his tracks and Gino has as much stationary as he could carry out of the Lotus supplies cupboard.

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Baked beans for ten years in a bunker? :sick: I hope you're not planning on any candle lit dinners, else you might be looking at blue sky before the stint is complete. And brandy without the cigars? Can it be done?

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I'll join the ranks of those hoping to see DB's plan carried on... Esprit needs to see the light of day or Lotus will be a goner!

You are very optimistic.

I put down a deposit for a new Esprit in early 2000s. By 1996 I was sick of waiting and had the dealer refund my deposit. Now we're 10 years on and all we've seen is Kimberley's poor old Evora and Bahar's undeliverable dreams.

Well, tomorrow I'm off to try the new Exige V6 with my fingers very tightly crossed!

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Gino and Swizzy wants in now, sorry.

Swizzy has an iPod full of his tracks and Gino has as much stationary as he could carry out of the Lotus supplies cupboard.

Now listen - this is my 'crap it's all gone wrong and I need a place to hide and ride out the inevitableness that is about to ensue' nuclear bunker. And anyway, Beatz would defo want to bring leather trousers. He looks like the type.

So no, it's just me and Dany. Don't tell hm, but he's on chemical toilet duties for the first two years.

Does anyone have one of those keys that opens tins of spam? Mine's fallen in Dany's tray of a thousand cuff links and ten years isnt long enough to find it.

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I suppose we should be happy that it is an engineer back on top of the pile. That gives me the idea that the plans will be based on achievable physical outcomes.

I wonder what this will do to the merchandise store arm that was on it's way?

My concern is unless the evidence is bulletproof against DB, this is going to court.

I can't imagine Swizz's tenure to be much longer if he is even still there now?

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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One down, I hope a few will leave Lotus as well, very soon!

Now let's pray that the new COO makes realistic plans, which could be profitable somewhere in time. Mr Bahar was reading from his book full with fairytales and fairytales are not real guys.

Bravo to the people of Hicom, who had the guts to do what was really necessary and stop the madness! No guts no glory!

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Now listen - this is my 'crap it's all gone wrong and I need a place to hide and ride out the inevitableness that is about to ensue' nuclear bunker. And anyway, Beatz would defo want to bring leather trousers. He looks like the type.

So no, it's just me and Dany. Don't tell hm, but he's on chemical toilet duties for the first two years.

Does anyone have one of those keys that opens tins of spam? Mine's fallen in Dany's tray of a thousand cuff links and ten years isnt long enough to find it.

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No guts no glory!

That exact statement could just as easily be applied to Dany.

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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That exact statement could just as easily be applied to Dany.

The glass is half full or half empty, depending from which side you look at it ;)

I never believed a second in Bahar's faiytale story, sadly I will never be able to say; See... I told you so ;)

But I'm relieved as well, as I hope we can now get back to do business and build real cars, instead of importing clay models from Italy. Now let's hope Coco follows Bahar soon and Crijns will be back where he deserves to be! Lotus making real new cars and not bringing testbeds from the previous management! Now that would be good news!

I want to see some change, I really can believe in! :D;)

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I suppose we should be happy that it is an engineer back on top of the pile.

Personally, I see that as a huge positive and am with you in hoping it means a reality check.

I can't imagine Swizz's tenure to be much longer if he is even still there now?

Seriously--my impression is that Mansory did all the work behind the chrome cars, so what exactly did Swizz actually do anyway?

And sorry to skew off-topic, but is it a good omen or a bad omen when your Lotus finally shows up the same day the CEO's been canned? Finding out along with the dealer while at the dealership was a bit surreal.

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And sorry to skew off-topic, but is it a good omen or a bad omen when your Lotus finally shows up the same day the CEO's been canned? Finding out along with the dealer while at the dealership was a bit surreal.

I feel for you there Moxie. Must have been real mixed emotions. Writing out the cheque after all that wait, just to hear that. A real gulp moment.

I kinda know what you feel having bought 2 of the things wondering if it was fun side over common sense side of brain then thought "Oh eff it! No pockets in a shroud and you are a long time dead". Still the dealers are crying out for 2nd hand cars of any age so somebody is still wanting them. Mind you glad I haven't got a deposit on a new Esprit - yet.

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Mmmm, actually, I didn't quite express myself well enough. What I meant is that after speaking with MJK about it at length, I (and he) regard the Evora S as what the car was ultimately meant to be. I also love Russell Carr's design--brilliant. I see the MY12 as the ultimate and still unsullied version of the MJK/Carr/Becker & Co. car. I expect next year's would have/will have the hideous front end to bring it in to conformance with Coco's designs, which I don't have much regard for. So what I meant by surreal was getting what is to me the final best version, just as the guy who was likely to screw it up (other than bringing a higher standard of interior build quality) got the axe. I'll pick it up tomorrow morning and my thoughts will be with MJK, not DB.

I'm also not sure how I'll sleep tonight. Perhaps dreaming of track days in the Evora, carving the apexes at Lime Rock. Mmmm...good stuff.

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