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Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales departs for 'personal reasons'

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus since 2014, has left the British sports car brand with immediate effect, although he will continue to work with the company in an advisory capacity. Lotus says Gales is leaving for "personal reasons", and has appointed Feng Qingfeng, the chief technical officer of Geely, as his successor...

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Lotus Drive Day at Mount Panorama
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Lotus Drive Day at Mount Panorama

See the full article here. There's one trait that all car enthusiasts have in common, and that is passion for their chosen car brand. We attended the Lotus Drive Day where we got to see first-hand how passionate the Lotus community is at Australia's most iconic racetrack - Mount Panorama at Bathurst...


Lotus Esprit successor due 2020
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Lotus Esprit successor due 2020

Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales has confirmed the company is working on two new sports cars, including a new hero model available by 2020. Speaking to Autocar, Gales said the new star car will reside "in an upper segment, above the Evora", meaning it will inevitably be compared to the Esprit, which ceased production in 2004...


Lotus Exige Sport 410 revealed
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Lotus Exige Sport 410 revealed

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 has been revealed this week, becoming the latest permanent family member in the revised Exige line-up. According to the British manufacturer, the Exige Sport 410 has been "developed directly from the track focused Exige Cup 430", nabbing the more focused powertrain, suspension and chassis setup from the all-out track weapon – though the engine has been tuned to 410hp (306kW) and 420Nm...


Targa Tasmania: Results from the Apple Isle
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Targa Tasmania: Results from the Apple Isle

The annual Targa Tasmania is one of the longest-running, best-respected events in Australian motorsport, taking participants on a tour of the Apple Isle's finest – and most challenging – driving roads. Here's a quick look at who excelled in each class of the the 2018 event, and who needs to up the pace next year...


We bought a Lotus and headed to Mount Panorama

We bought a Lotus and headed to Mount Panorama

There's one trait that all car enthusiasts have in common, and that is a deep passion for their chosen car brand. We recently attended the Lotus Drive Day – our first as new owners of a new Lotus Elise Sport 220 –  and here we got to see first-hand how passionate the Lotus community is at Australia's most iconic racetrack – Mount Panorama at Bathurst...


Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 unveiled
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Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 unveiled

Stop the presses: Lotus has released a new car and, in news that'll surprise nobody, it's another limited edition. Dubbed the (deep breath) Exige Cup Type 25, the green-and-yellow Brit pays tribute to the 1963 Lotus Type 25 that dominated Formula 1. Power comes from the same 3.5-litre supercharged V6 offered in the 'regular' Exige Cup 430, the Cup Type 25 pumps out 321kW and 440Nm for a 3...


2018 Lotus 3-Eleven 430 revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Lotus 3-Eleven 430 revealed - UPDATE

Update (1/3): Lotus's local boss has released a statement regarding Australian availability for the 3-Eleven 430. See bottom of article for details. The Lotus 3-Eleven 430 has been revealed this week, sporting a decent power bump, enhanced mechanical package, and (super) limited production run. Just 20 examples will be available globally, powered by a supercharged 3...


2018 Lotus Exige Sport 380 review
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2018 Lotus Exige Sport 380 review

It's fast, light and rather loud. It's also the definition of a 'driver's car'...


Lotus: Two new sports cars in 2020, SUV by 2022
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Lotus: Two new sports cars in 2020, SUV by 2022

Lotus has detailed its product plans for the first time since it became a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Geely, announcing it will introduce two new sports cars in 2020 and its first SUV by 2022. Speaking with the UK's CAR Magazine, Lotus's CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, said one of the all-new sports cars will be a replacement for a current model, while the second will be a limited-run track-oriented flagship...


Geely planning Lotus onslaught
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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. We’re told to expect new products from the British sports car maker sooner rather than later, with a decision currently being mulled on whether to press ahead with plans for the SUV Lotus had already started developing on its own...


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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