The plan put forth by former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar was to explode the British brand into the high-dollar sports car segment and directly challenge its marquee names. The first explosion came with the surprise introduction of five concepts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. What has continued to surprise, though, is that the explosions haven't stopped: parent company Proton has had troubles leading to a reworking of its Formula One involvement, its IndyCar effort has had a rough ride, Proton's sale to Malaysian conglomerate DRB Hicom led to a production stoppage, and while the company was reassured that it wouldn't be sold, Bahar was shown the door – along with four of those Paris concepts, as far as we can tell. Yet the company is still making highly regarded cars and going racing.

So it shouldn't be all that surprising that, according to a report in Car and Driver, Lotus won't be attending this year's Paris Motor Show at all. Lotus didn't have much to show off at the Geneva Motor Show or the New York Show as all development was halted for two months, and the new corporate owner and new CEO installed by that owner are still working through the details of its niche English property. We will hope this is nothing more than a step in the reorganization, and look forward to seeing the Hethel firm again in Los Angeles or Detroit.


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      dtrump_21
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boy, this is a slow death if I ever saw one
      kevin
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's such a shame that Lotus goes from making the perfect car (Evora) to this, all because of that Bahar guy.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Over extended themselves.
      Groagun
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was at the Paris show when "The Idiot" introduced the 5/6 concepts. I knew before that this would be a disaster and when I saw this over hyped completely inappropriate ego fest, it was just a matter of time. So here we are today: there are attempts to save Lotus and I hope they succeed. Lotus is about fresh, new ideas and engineering: an approach and execution that no one else is doing and that all are sure to follow in the future. Sprinkle the company with a little of the 'old', inject a whole lot of 'new' and you will have a success story. And for those of you who thought Lotus should have gone way up-market like it was trying under "The Idiot's" rein, I told you so! You where wrong then and it has been proved.
        Michael Walsh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Groagun
        Thought the same thing at the LA Auto Show in 2011 - bunch of celebs and rich types mincing around a velvet roped VIP area (to keep we peasants out, you understand). Couldn't even get a look at a car if you weren't a Kardashian. F**K Lotus!
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most dreaded model ever- Lotus Elegy
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sadly, the word is "flailing". Hopefully Lotus can get back on track. (hoho)
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they should come to the show with a 'Help Wanted, Inquire Within' sign?
      • 2 Years Ago
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