Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

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Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by whitergb » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:53 pm

It seems official now that Lotus and Proton have been bought by Geeley, the same Chinese company that has revived Volvo's fortunes, but is it a good thing for the Lotus brand?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40025275

Personally I'm disappointed, but just thought i'd throw it out there for debate?
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Post by Tickle » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:22 pm

Think it could be good, they let Volvo do what they want to, hopefully let Lotus do the same.

... however; https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new- ... eely-owner

Hope this isn't taking the core work/development from the UK

Could just be fake autocar news though!
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Post by whitergb » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:30 am

It looks like they will be moving productions of China but keeping the HQ and design & development at Hethel. I have my reservations...
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Post by Dave C » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:38 am

Financially I think it is good news as the change/improvement of the Volvo range since they were taken over has been impressive so if it means that Lotus can at last bring new models then that is good. As much as I love the current range it is still based on a floor pan and design from 20 years ago so needs to be moved on.

Perhaps it will make some new power trains available, even hybrid which (sadly) are going to be needed to have a future
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Re: Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by jbs_type25 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:27 pm

Dave C wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:38 am
Financially I think it is good news as the change/improvement of the Volvo range since they were taken over has been impressive so if it means that Lotus can at last bring new models then that is good. As much as I love the current range it is still based on a floor pan and design from 20 years ago so needs to be moved on.

Perhaps it will make some new power trains available, even hybrid which (sadly) are going to be needed to have a future
The current chassis is still one of the best designed, and most likely very advanced for its original design date. At the end of the day, Lotus have been surviving off a very good product, so yes, I hope they do make new models, but I also hope they manage to keep the driver feedback with the new models that is currently experienced with the now ageing chassis.

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Post by Martin 111S » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:16 pm

I just hope they can make replacement parts more readily accessible, and pay supplier bills :unsure:

Hopefully the cars will always be niche market rather than mainstream, as this will help their appeal and exclusiveness.
Rather than folks seeing them and it not registering, say like a Boxster :P
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Re: Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by whitergb » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:28 pm

Martin 111S wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:16 pm
I just hope they can make replacement parts more readily accessible, and pay supplier bills :unsure:

Hopefully the cars will always be niche market rather than mainstream, as this will help their appeal and exclusiveness.
Rather than folks seeing them and it not registering, say like a Boxster :P
I agree that the investment will develop the brand and push it on but the flip side is the return they will want from their investment which may mean more mass market products, and like you say Martin no ones takes any notice of Boxsters and MX5's!
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Post by oggy » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:40 pm

Free chopsticks, winner :fantastic:
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Post by Martin 111S » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:54 pm

oggy wrote:
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:40 pm
Free chopsticks, winner :fantastic:
I think you mean ' winner, winner, chicken dinner ' :P

Might get free takeaways during warranty period ;)
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Re: Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by Dave C » Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:40 pm

jbs_type25 wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:27 pm
The current chassis is still one of the best designed, and most likely very advanced for its original design date. At the end of the day, Lotus have been surviving off a very good product, so yes, I hope they do make new models, but I also hope they manage to keep the driver feedback with the new models that is currently experienced with the now ageing chassis.
Yep, agree with that. They do need to widen their appeal to survive though so perhaps do a more daily usable car with better ergonomics that will sell in bigger numbers to help fund the low volume, focused stuff??

Or do what Porsche did very, very successfully, be an SUV maker that also makes sports cars ;) . I am sure I saw a stat once that more than 50% of Porsches sold now are SUV's and that was without the Macan so likely to be more now.
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Re: Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by oggy » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:39 pm

They will have to be very careful when bringing out special editions, imagine ordering a type 49 or 79 and the look on someone's face when they get a special chow mien or crispy chille beef with chips :blink:
I feel a change coming :unsure:

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Re: Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by Jono » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:56 pm

oggy wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:39 pm
They will have to be very careful when bringing out special editions, imagine ordering a type 49 or 79 and the look on someone's face when they get a special chow mien or crispy chille beef with chips :blink:
:ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
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Re: Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by Martin 111S » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:47 pm

oggy wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:39 pm
They will have to be very careful when bringing out special editions, imagine ordering a type 49 or 79 and the look on someone's face when they get a special chow mien or crispy chille beef with chips :blink:
:ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:

Still on the diet then Oggy, and missing food like crazy. :Ok2:
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Re: Lotus bought by the Chinese, Good or Bad

Post by oggy » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:00 pm

Martin 111S wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:47 pm
oggy wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:39 pm
They will have to be very careful when bringing out special editions, imagine ordering a type 49 or 79 and the look on someone's face when they get a special chow mien or crispy chille beef with chips :blink:
:ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:

Still on the diet then Oggy, and missing food like crazy. :Ok2:
Yes mate, at this rate I shall be disappearing up my own arse, not a pretty sight :That_Sucks:
I feel a change coming :unsure:

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