Rumormill: Proton may sell Lotus to local Malaysian firm
The bidder hasn't been named, but it is suspected to be Malaysian conglomerate Naza. Lotus ownership would give Naza its own platform -- Lotus' Variable Vehicle Architecture -- for a new car that Naza's developing in-house. Since Naza also distributes brands like Brabus, Hamann, and Porsche in Malaysia, adding Lotus to the stable would make sense.
On a side note, as for economy-car-maker ownership of a premium English brand goes -- for those afraid of Tata owning Jaguar -- Proton's ownership of Lotus hasn't diminished the marque's desirability in the least...
[Source: Paul Tan]
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