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Geely planning Lotus onslaught

Geely is already working on plans for Lotus, just two months after purchasing a majority stake as part of the same deal that saw the Chinese brand take control of Proton...

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2018 Lotus Exige Cup 430 revealed
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2018 Lotus Exige Cup 430 revealed

The Lotus Exige Cup 430 has been revealed this week, tipped as the "most extreme" example of the British sports car ever produced. Unlike most of the company's recent new models, the Exige Cup 430 is a series-production variant - so no, this isn't just another Lotus special. Headlining the upgrades is a reworked 3...


2018 Lotus Elise Cup 260 revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Lotus Elise Cup 260 revealed - UPDATE

Lotus has added another lightweight special edition to its lineup, in the form the Elise Cup 260. Just 30 examples of the lighter, more powerful Elise will be built to celebrate the British marque’s long history in motorsport. The eye-catching new aero package on the 260 takes inspiration from the Evora GT430, with louvred front wheel arches and a massive rear wing...


Geely completes Lotus takeover
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Geely completes Lotus takeover

China’s largest privately-owned automotive group, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) has completed a takeover of British sports car marque, Lotus. Geely Holding now owns a majority stake of 51 per cent in Lotus Advance Technologies Sdn Bhd (Lotus) with a minority 49 per cent being held by Malaysia’s Etika Automotive...


2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport revealed - UPDATE

Update (30 October): Lotus Cars Australia has confirmed a 'Fire Red' Evora GT430 Sport is available to the Australian market, with a starting price of $239,990 before on-road costs. See bottom of article for details. Following in the footsteps of the regular Lotus Evora GT430 – the British brand's most powerful road-going model ever – Lotus has added a newer, even faster, variant to its ranks: the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport...


2017 Lotus Evora GT430: Most powerful road-going Lotus revealed - UPDATE
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2017 Lotus Evora GT430: Most powerful road-going Lotus revealed - UPDATE

Update (30 October): Lotus Cars Australia has confirmed it has secured an Evora GT430 for our market, with a starting price of $259,990. See bottom of article for details. The limited-edition Lotus Evora GT430 has been revealed, and is said to be the company's most powerful road-going car yet. As its name suggests, the Evora GT430 features a retuned 3...


Lotus Elise Cup 250: Featherweight sports car gets track tune, Australian pricing revealed
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Lotus Elise Cup 250: Featherweight sports car gets track tune, Australian pricing revealed

The Lotus Elise Cup 250 has been revealed this week, adding yet another special model to the British sports car company's line-up. Sitting above the Elise Sport 220, the Cup 250 is pitched as the "fastest, most focused" four-cylinder Lotus sports car ever, and is very much a race car for the road. Powering the Elise Cup 250 is the same 1...


Meet Jeff Morton: defying the odds to tackle the tarmac

Meet Jeff Morton: defying the odds to tackle the tarmac

Seven years ago, Jeff Morton didn't know if he would ever be able to race again, let alone win the Country Club GT Sports Trophy at Targa Tasmania in his 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350. In 2010, Morton was diagnosed with brain cancer and was facing a long road to recovery after an operation to remove the tumour...


China's Geely takes majority stake in Lotus, shares in Proton
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China's Geely takes majority stake in Lotus, shares in Proton

China's largest privately-owned automotive group, Zhejiang Geely Holding, has agreed to a deal that will hand it the majority stake in famed British sports-car brand Lotus. The Chinese group - which also owns Volvo Cars and the London Taxi Company - will also take a 49.9 per cent share in Lotus' current parent, Malaysian company Proton...


2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350 review
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2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350 review

With the 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350, the company has placed its hero on a strict diet. Now, after shedding 51kg, the Exige is more potent than ever. But how does all that weight loss play out on the road?

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Geely withdraws Proton/Lotus bid, leaving Peugeot parent as only suitor
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Geely withdraws Proton/Lotus bid, leaving Peugeot parent as only suitor

Geely has withdrawn its bid to enter into a partnership with Proton, leaving the PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, as the Malaysian national car maker's only remaining partner candidate. An Conghui, Geely's president, confirmed the news to the South China Morning Post, although he didn't tell the newspaper why Geely decided to withdraw from the bidding process...


2017 Lotus Elise Sprint unveiled with less weight, changes for rest of range
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2017 Lotus Elise Sprint unveiled with less weight, changes for rest of range

The new Lotus Elise Sprint has had 41kg of weight stripped out of it, bringing its dry weight down to 798kg. Reviving the Sprint name, previously used on the Elan, the new variant sits above the Elise Sport, but below the Cup 250. Part of the savings are attributed to the Sprint's lithium-ion battery (9kg reduction), carbon race seats (6kg), forged alloy wheels (5kg), and polycarbonate rear windscreen...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 24, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 24, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Geely, PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week - report
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Geely, PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week - report

Malaysian car maker Proton and its subsidiary Lotus were reported last year to be up for sale, with a number of car makers said to be keen on a purchase. In September, business paper Reuters reported Peugeot and Citroen parent PSA Group as one suitor, while Renault and Suzuki were also believed to be considering bids of their own...


2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410: one-off special remembers iconic James Bond Esprit S1
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2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410: one-off special remembers iconic James Bond Esprit S1

Remember the amphibious Lotus Esprit S1 from the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me? Well, the bods at Lotus Exclusive – the UK brand's in-house personalisation department – have tried to recreate the iconic model in celebration of the original car's on-screen debut, some 40 years ago...


Naughty car names: Happy Valentine's Day

Naughty car names: Happy Valentine's Day

Ah Valentine's Day... some of us look forward to it and some of us think it's a commercial load of rubbish. Either way, today will be an assault on the senses with love hearts, roses, chocolate and teddy bears galore – and there can be no escaping the commercial barrage of the love-struck...


2017 Lotus Exige Race 380: lighter, faster, track-only special announced
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2017 Lotus Exige Race 380: lighter, faster, track-only special announced

Another year, another special-edition Lotus. Say hello to the 2017 Lotus Exige Race 380. A track-only version of the already-hardcore Exige Sport 380 revealed last November, the new Lotus Exige Race 380 has been specifically developed for race teams and privateers to compete in the marque’s global one-make series, the Lotus Cup, as well as a variety of other clubman championships...


Profitable Lotus to expand range, SUV still in the plan
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Profitable Lotus to expand range, SUV still in the plan

Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales has reaffirmed plans for a raft of new product - including a potential SUV - in the future of a company buoyed by profitability and a successful launch into the US market in 2016...


Meet Grant Denyer: Triumphant on television, track and tarmac
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Meet Grant Denyer: Triumphant on television, track and tarmac

Read the full article here. For well over a decade, Grant Denyer has juggled two successful careers. His 'day job' as a renowned and successful television presenter has dovetailed neatly, for the most part, with his true passion of being a race car driver...


Meet Grant Denyer: Triumphant on television, track and tarmac
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Meet Grant Denyer: Triumphant on television, track and tarmac

For well over a decade, Grant Denyer has juggled two successful careers. His 'day job' as a renowned and successful television presenter has dovetailed neatly, for the most part, with his true passion of being a race car driver...