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Lotus to Build All-New SUV and Sedan?


Body shapes seen as essential to grow the brand.

Since Dany Bahar’s failed attempt at bringing a collection of new Lotus cars to production, the British carmaker’s parent company Proton has been sold to DRB-Hicom, a Malaysian conglomerate, and a new CEO appointed. Industry veteran Jean-Marc Gales has yet to go public with his future plans for Lotus, but an anonymous source claims he recently revealed plans of a new SUV and sedan to Proton’s board of directors.

That’s according to publication Utusan Malaysia, which also says the proposed models are unrelated to previous Lotus projects, namely the APX SUV and Eterne sedan concepts. To entice new fans to the brand, especially those all-important Chinese buyers who can’t get enough of luxury sedans and SUVs, the carmaker sees it as a necessity to enter these new segments. Don’t expect to see anything for a few years; in the meantime updates to the existing model lineup will continue full steam ahead.

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