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Lotus 2011

Lotus 2010
LOTUS Exige S Type 72
LOTUS Elite Concept
LOTUS Elan Concept
LOTUS Elise Concept
LOTUS Esprit Concept (12)
LOTUS Eterne Concept (5)
• LOTUS Exige S
• LOTUS Exige Cup 260
• LOTUS Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar
• LOTUS Evora Carbon Concept
LOTUS Evora 414E Hybrid Concept (5)
LOTUS Evora (23)
• LOTUS Elise Club Racer

Lotus 2009
LOTUS Exige Cup 260 (2)
• LOTUS Eco Elise

Lotus 2008
• LOTUS Ice Vehicle Concept
• LOTUS Exige Sprint
• LOTUS Exige S 240
• LOTUS Exige Cup 260
• LOTUS Europa SE
• LOTUS Europa Diamond Edition
• LOTUS Elise SC Clark Type 25
• LOTUS Elise SC

Lotus 2007
• LOTUS Hot Wheels Concept
• LOTUS Exige S
• LOTUS Elise S
• LOTUS Elise R
• LOTUS 2-Eleven

Lotus 2006
• LOTUS Exige 265E Concept
• LOTUS Europa S

Lotus 2005
• LOTUS Exige
• LOTUS Elise
• LOTUS Circuit Car

Lotus 2004
• LOTUS Elise

Lotus 20025
• LOTUS Esprit V8
• LOTUS Elise

Lotus 1999
• LOTUS Elise

Lotus 1996
• LOTUS Elise Type 49
• LOTUS Elise 160
• LOTUS Elise

Lotus 1980
• LOTUS Esprit Turbo

Lotus 1973
• LOTUS Elite

Lotus 1972
• LOTUS Esprit Concept

Lotus 1965
• LOTUS Europa

Lotus 1962
• LOTUS Elan

Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars based at the former site of RAF Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk. The company designs and builds race and production automobiles of light weight and high handling characteristics.

Lotus is currently owned by Proton who took over after the bankruptcy of former owner Bugatti in 1994.

The company was formed as Lotus Engineering Ltd. by engineer Colin Chapman, a graduate of University College, London, in 1952. The first factory was in old stables behind the Railway Hotel in Hornsey, North London. Team Lotus, which was split off from Lotus Engineering in 1954, was active and competitive in Formula One racing from 1958 to 1994. The Lotus Group of Companies was formed in 1959. This was made up of Lotus Cars Limited and Lotus Components Limited which focused on road cars and customer competition car production respectively. Lotus Components Limited became Lotus Racing Limited in 1971 but the newly renamed entity ceased operation in the same year.

The company moved to a purpose built factory at Cheshunt in 1959 and since 1966 the company has occupied a modern factory and road test facility at Hethel, near Wymondham. This site is the former RAF Hethel base and the test track uses sections of the old runway.

Chapman died of a heart attack in 1982 at the age of 54, having begun life an innkeeper's son and ended a multi-millionaire industrialist in post-war Britain. The car maker built tens of thousands of successful racing and road cars and won the Formula One World Championship seven times. At the time of his death he was linked with the DeLorean scandal over the use of government subsidies for the production of the DeLorean DMC-12 for which Lotus had designed the chassis.

In 1986, the company was bought by General Motors. On 27 August 1993, GM sold the company, for £30 million, to A.C.B.N. Holdings S.A. of Luxembourg, a company controlled by Italian businessman Romano Artioli, who also owned Bugatti Automobili SpA. In 1996, a majority share in Lotus was sold to Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton), a Malaysian car company listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

The company also acts as an engineering consultancy, providing engineering development—particularly of suspension—for other car manufacturers. The lesser known Powertrain department is responsible for the design and development of the 4-cylinder Ecotec engine found in many of GM's Vauxhall, Opel, Saab, Chevrolet and Saturn cars. Today, the current Lotus Elise and Exige models use the 1.8L VVTL-i I4 from Toyota's late Celica GT-S and the Matrix XRS.

The company is organised as Group Lotus, which is divided into Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering.

Michael Kimberley took over as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Company and its Group from May 2006. He currently chairs the Executive Committee of Lotus Group International Limited ("LGIL") established in February 2006, with Syed Zainal Abidin (Managing Director of Proton Holdings Berhad) and Badrul Feisal (non-executive director of Proton Holdings Berhad). LGIL is the holding company of Lotus Group Plc.

Kimberley retired as CEO on 17 July 2009 and was replaced as CEO by Dany T Bahar on 1 October 2009. Bahar was formerly Senior Vice President, Commercial & Brand for Ferrari SpA where he was responsible for worldwide road car sales and after sales business, overall road car and F1 marketing activities, licensing, and merchandising business.

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