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Matt Becker: I am very pleased to hear this. Obvs, even better had he returned to Lotus but McLaren is, I would have thought, a very natural fit for Matt; I never quite understood what he could achieve at Aston whose cars are not focussed on the parameters Matt excels at. 

McLaren steering is a notch up on Lotus for me but not much in it. Both brilliant. 

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LOTUS TECHNOLOGY GLOBAL HQ ESTABLISHED IN CHINA AS FUTURE LOTUS EV PRODUCT PLAN UNVEILED

 
  • Global ‘intelligent technology’ subsidiary of Group Lotus launched
  • Will accelerate innovation and oversee manufacture of exciting new Lotus lifestyle models for global markets
  • Four new electric models from Lotus in next five years – including all-new electric sports car in 2026
  • Lotus SUV – the Type 132 – will be first, launching in 2022
  • All-new factory operational in China later this year, Lotus Technology HQ opening in 2024

 

(Wuhan, China – 31 August 2021) – Lotus Technology has officially launched its global headquarters with a ‘breaking-ground’ ceremony in Wuhan, China.

Lotus Technology is a new division of Group Lotus, a global ‘intelligent technology’ subsidiary which augments the brand’s DNA and technology accumulated over the 73 years that Lotus has existed. Its role is to accelerate innovation in the fields of batteries and energy management, electric motors, electronic control systems, intelligent driving, intelligent manufacturing and more.

The new Lotus Technology headquarters will be completed in 2024.  An all-new Lotus factory, to manufacture Lotus electric vehicles for global markets, will open later this year.

Eric Li, Chairman of Geely Holding Group, and Feng Qingfeng, CEO of Group Lotus, attended the event. They were joined by Li Bin, founder of NIO, who is an investor in Lotus Technology. They revealed top level details of the Lotus product plan for the next five years, developed jointly by Lotus Technology and the highly experienced Lotus team in the UK.

In 2022, Lotus will debut an E-segment SUV codenamed Type 132. It will be followed in 2023 by an E-segment four-door coupe, Type 133, and in 2025 by Type 134, a new D-segment SUV. This trio will be joined in 2026 by an all-new electric sports car, Type 135.

The new models are in addition to the Evija all-electric hypercar and the Emira, the last petrol-powered sports car from Lotus, which will both be built at Hethel, UK.

In the field of intelligent drive, Lotus unveiled the concept of ‘track-level intelligent drive’ as a 10-year technological development target. The new technology’s aim is to assist drivers to perform as well as an F1 driver on track, while increasing driver safety and improving performance on the road through advanced software and hardware. The result is a more rewarding and reassuring experience in any environment.

The development of the brand’s new premium lifestyle vehicles will take place on the Lotus Premium architecture, one of the four new vehicle platforms announced at the Driving Tomorrow global strategy conference in April. The Premium architecture supports a wheelbase range from 2,889mm-3,100mm and could be further expanded in the future. It supports the development of all types of passenger vehicles from C+ to E segments. Using 92-120kWh batteries, it is compatible with the industry’s most advanced 800-volt high-speed EV charging system. Products developed on this platform will be capable of 0-100km/h acceleration in under three seconds.

Vision80 is the ongoing strategic plan which outlines the transformation of Lotus ahead of its 80th birthday in 2028. The establishment of Lotus Technology marks a crucial step on that journey of global expansion, and on the road to an intelligent and electric future. In the era of intelligent electric mobility, Lotus will once again set the standard for performance, redefining the relationship between man and vehicle, and help the global automotive industry in accelerating the pace of its transformation. 

Since being founded by Colin Chapman in 1948, Lotus has led the industry in innovation with its commitment to pure driving, outstanding ride and handling, lightweight technologies and world-class aerodynamic engineering. Today, with the backing and global resources of Geely Holding Group, Lotus benefits from new capabilities in R&D, manufacturing and supply chain management, enabling it to provide global customers with a more innovative and exciting driving experience.

The new Lotus manufacturing plant in Wuhan will open later this year, complementing existing UK sports car manufacturing and performance facilities in Hethel and Norwich. It is being built with the world’s most advanced manufacturing technologies to become a global centre of excellence for Lotus’ premium lifestyle models. Covering an area of over 1 million m2 with an investment of over 8 billion RMB (£900m), the plant has the capacity to ramp up to production of 150,000 vehicles a year.

The new Lotus plant is the first in the world with an integrated intelligent test track. It features an advanced system whereby vehicles can be transported into workshops using autonomous driving technology without any human intervention. It is designed to accommodate vehicles driving at speeds up to 140mph (230km/h) through 16 corners.

Working hand in hand, China-based Lotus Technology and the UK-based Lotus team are at the core of Group Lotus’ future development strategy. Lotus in the UK will be responsible for the development and production of sports cars and the Evija electric hypercar, as well as co-ordinating global sales for the Lotus brand. Lotus Technology in China will be responsible for integrating a new generation of lifestyle products, bringing together China’s EV and manufacturing specialisms, UK’s design and advanced performance centres and Germany-based R&D resources (Lotus Technology Innovation Centre, Raunheim), as well as the global development and production of premium intelligent drive technologies. Together the China and UK teams will empower Group Lotus’ transformation towards an expanded, intelligent and electric future. 

Feng Qingfeng, CEO, Group Lotus, commented: “This is an important day in the transformation of the Lotus business and brand. Lotus Technology will accelerate the innovation which has always been at the heart of the business. Together the China and UK teams will empower our journey towards an expanded, intelligent and electric future, achieving the ambitions and goals that have been in the making for 73 years of the Lotus brand.”

Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars, commented: “Transforming Lotus from a UK sports car company to a truly global performance car company has always been at the core of Vision80. The launch of Lotus Technology is a major milestone on the road to making that a reality, while adhering to the unwavering Lotus principles of pure performance, efficiency, motorsport success and, above all, being ‘For the Drivers’.”

Li Bin, the founder of NIO, has become an investor in Lotus Technology. Lotus and NIO share many common interests in the field of intelligent electric mobility. In the future, both parties may explore opportunities for mutually beneficial industrial cooperation.

The global automotive industry is undergoing profound changes today. As the world’s largest and fastest-growing electric vehicle market, China plays an important role in the transformation of the global automotive industry. With its brand mission of always being ‘For The Drivers,’ Lotus will be centre stage, redefining the standards for an intelligent and electric future. 

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Interesting! Glad they are doing a low slung 4 door as well as the SUVs.

I accidentally came across a picture when looking for any leaked Emira photos that partially ties in with the first silhouette. Looked like one of those patent images that sometimes leaks. Not sure I should share! Also could be something unrelated as the vehicles in the Autocar images don't have wing mirrors and the vehicle in the picture I have does.

To describe though it has a longish low bonnet and cab rearward stance with a kickup over the rear wheel arch. Simple but elegant, and could be lifted with clever surfacing and detailing.

Back to the news - the tie up with Nio is a surprise, but clearly they will need a lot of upfront investment to make this happen.

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Paradigm change or shift as they say. The factory was a shared one with other Geely premium brands but now it is fully Lotus dedicated. The link with NIO is surprizing in a way but Geely and NIO have been  working together behind the scene. Still Geely just provided Lotus with... independance, which is crazy to think about. Lotus went from the brink of oblivion to enough capacity for 160k cars per annum production from next year onward.

It will be tricky to reconciliate the ethos for the driver with all that ADASS but as long as every aides can be properly disconnected.

Now Geely is already looking at making a quick return based on the brand goodwill, which does seem a little hasty but at the speed they are going why not. Maybe we should pony up some cash to make sure smaller voices are heard...

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-30/lotus-cars-said-to-finish-funding-round-at-2-billion-valuation

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On 09/08/2021 at 15:45, MJON said:

Yes, on my fourth Porsche, 987, 991, last two are Macan’s Turbo & GTS. The Porsche community is a large and varied group from very active to no interest at all. With track cars, family wagons to garage queens. The long standing 911 traditionalists of course exist but Porsche we’re saved by the intro of the Boxster (25 years now), followed by what became their biggest seller the Cayenne. Highest volume sales now through Macan, they just launched their final I.C version that will stay alongside a new EV version hitting UK in 23. Porsche are the most profitable ( by vehicle) car company in the world, without the intro of the SUV’s their original business model would have long seen them disappear. 

Lotus community due to the model line up are clearly true enthusiasts, that will over time become broadened as at long last Lotus are in a new ascendancy. I can totally understand why they are adding an EV-SUV and personally would much prefer them to prosper by appealing to the broader market and will certainly be taking a close look at it when launched. Shouldn’t  stop one enjoying their cars past, present and Future 👍

I agree its good that Lotus are looking for a broader customer range.  I do hope they look at making a Lotus M3 equivalent I would like to think that could be a great market too.  More appealing I think for through that like Lotus now. I also hope they are able to continuing doing low tech cars as specials.  But that might just be me wanting that.  

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Useful future conversational phrases for owners of pre-Geely models:

“Oh, you have one of those Lifestyle things”

“No, I have to drive this all by myself”

“Nice colour”

Afraid I’ve dried up at that. Expect others can do better.

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"no, you can't use my diesel generator to charge your car"

"you've only been to the hairdressers and back, what do you mean the batteries flat! I thought I told you NOT to use the stereo and the aircon together"

"where's the steering wheel?"

"wow, how many cupholders you got in there bud....?"

And the sticker on the back - "My other cars a Scalextric"

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

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9 hours ago, Bibs said:

LOTUS TECHNOLOGY GLOBAL HQ ESTABLISHED IN CHINA AS FUTURE LOTUS EV PRODUCT PLAN UNVEILED

 
  • Global ‘intelligent technology’ subsidiary of Group Lotus launched
  • Will accelerate innovation and oversee manufacture of exciting new Lotus lifestyle models for global markets
  • Four new electric models from Lotus in next five years – including all-new electric sports car in 2026
  • Lotus SUV – the Type 132 – will be first, launching in 2022
  • All-new factory operational in China later this year, Lotus Technology HQ opening in 2024

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Wot, 9 hours in and still no "Likes" on this post? 🤔

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11 minutes ago, yeller77 said:

Wot, 9 hours in and still no "Likes" on this post? 🤔

Good job Lotus cars have always had a number, will fit right in - "I'll have a Type 140 please, and can you add numbers 1,4,7,9, 13 and 32 from the extra's please". At least having MSG on the order will be a pleasure for once.

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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2 hours ago, C8RKH said:

And the sticker on the back - "My other cars a Scalextric"

Having made my (lack of) interest point I'd no intention of commenting further but, from a strong field, my clear pick above!

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1 hour ago, yeller77 said:

Wot, 9 hours in and still no "Likes" on this post? 🤔

Sadly - many of us can see the writing on the wall. 

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2 hours ago, C8RKH said:

"no, you can't use my diesel generator to charge your car"

"you've only been to the hairdressers and back, what do you mean the batteries flat! I thought I told you NOT to use the stereo and the aircon together"

"where's the steering wheel?"

"wow, how many cupholders you got in there bud....?"

And the sticker on the back - "My other cars a Scalextric"

The new quote from Pretty Woman 2 featuring the new leccy Lotus:

"This thing handles like it's on rails! Yeah, a 12V rail"

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3 hours ago, C8RKH said:

Good job Lotus cars have always had a number, will fit right in - "I'll have a Type 140 please, and can you add numbers 1,4,7,9, 13 and 32 from the extra's please". At least having MSG on the order will be a pleasure for once.

I thought you setting up one of those teaser's / riddles but surely the numbers were wrong, should be 5,19,16,18,9,20 for you 😁

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Peter Horbury is now officially VP of design for Group Lotus, not that it will change much to how things are run, Russel Carr stays the director of design, Horbury was de facto an overseer already, this is just an officialization and also a way for Geely to prepare the after Horbury.

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I believe Lotus mentioned in an article recently that they want to move to a sales boutique and vehicle delivery sales model, similar to Tesla. Honestly, with their current positioning and future focus on EVs, this is probably the most cost effective strategy for them. At least in the US but not sure about the UK.

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