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Lotus appoints new CEO of sports cars

Former Jaguar-Land Rover executive Phil Popham has joined British sports car maker Lotus. Lotus company announced Thursday that Phil Popham will join the company as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO of Lotus Sports Cars. Popham will report directly to Lotus Group CEO Feng Qingfeng, who took over the top CEO role from...

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World’s best 1977 Lotus Esprit visits Jay Leno’s Garage

It's rare to find one-owner classic cars. Time marches on and aging automobiles have to make way for more modern machines. That's the case most of the time, but not so for Detlef Claudius. He's owned his bright yellow Lotus Esprit since he bought it new back in 1977. Detlef owns the car with his son Jason, and the two recently visited Jay Leno's Garage with...

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Geely could invest almost $2B to turn Lotus into a Porsche rival

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is prepared to invest the necessary funds to make Lotus into a world-beating luxury and sports car brand. If Geely has its way, Lotus will be England's Porsche. And the Chinese automaker could dump as much as $2 billion into the brand to begin the process. According to a Bloomberg report published Thursday, Geely is...

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Meet the woman who the Lotus Elise is named after

Despite no longer being on sale in the United States, the Lotus Elise has been pivotal in keeping the British sports car marque alive during decades of financial hardship. Development started shortly after Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli bought Lotus from General Motors in 1993, with the car's launch taking place three years later. Artioli, who was...

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Lotus CEO steps down

He was brought in back in 2014 to help bring back Lotus from the brink of bankruptcy and turn it into a viable automaker, but now Jean-Marc Gales has given up his CEO position at the British sports car brand. Gales on Monday revealed via a statement that he has left Lotus for “personal reasons,” though we know he also has a new job lined up at...

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Lotus Esprit supercar may get reprise in sports car company’s latest plans

Lotus is in the process of developing two new sports cars and an SUV. The sports cars will come first and one of them is tipped to be an Elise replacement. The other, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales revealed to Autocar in an interview published Tuesday, will be a proper supercar along the lines of the Esprit that ceased production in 2004. It will be the flagship...

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Lotus Esprit supercar may get reprise in sports car company’s latest plans

Lotus is in the process of developing two new sports cars and an SUV. The sports cars will come first and one of them is tipped to be an Elise replacement. The other, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales revealed to Autocar in an interview published Tuesday, will be a proper supercar along the lines of the Esprit that ceased production in 2004. It will be the flagship...

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Geely Group Motorsport partner Cyan Racing switches from Volvo to Lotus cars

Chinese holding company Zhejiang Geely in March established the new division Geely Group Motorsport to oversee motorsport activities for its growing list of brands, which includes the likes of Volvo, Polestar and Lotus. And on Thursday, Geely named Swedish race team Cyan Racing as the official partner of the new Geely Group Motorsport division. The...

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Lotus planning more than one SUV

It's a brave new world. As automakers bend to consumers' love of utility vehicles, numerous brands have jumped aboard the SUV bandwagon—even Lotus. We knew the British sports car brand, now owned by China's Geely, had one SUV in the works, but there will be more than one. That's according to Peter Horbury, Geely's design boss, who told Autocar in a...

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A Chapman is back behind the wheel of a Lotus

Tell us if you've heard this one before: A Chapman behind the wheel of a Lotus. Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder, Colin Chapman, received his keys to a new Evora GT410 Sport last week. Lotus announced the delivery Friday, as Clive and his Evora GT410 Sport prepared for a trek across the United Kingdom and Europe. Clive is still involved with Lotus as...

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