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Five years after it began, it appears the Dany Bahar tenure at Lotus is finally over. After former Lotus owner Proton brought in the ex-Ferrari and Red Bull marketing savant to run the company in 2009, everything had gone pear-shaped by 2012: Proton had been sold to Malaysian auto supplier DRB-Hicom, who suspended Bahar and then fired him for what it said were expense-account transgressions (although Bob Lutz reportedly said something different).

The separation led to the expected suit and countersuit, Lotus going after Bahar to get its money back, Bahar filing a $10.6-million suit against Lotus for wrongful termination and potential bonus money. The case was set to go to trial next month but both parties have settled, the terms undisclosed, a DRB-Hicom statement saying only that "the parties involved in the legal suit have signed a Settlement Agreement and Release... and have agreed to withdraw their claims against each other."

Now that that bit of housecleaning is all cleared up, can new CEO Jean-Marc Gales please get us our Esprit?

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      Forget the Esprit, I'd happily settle for a road legal version of the new Exige!
      • 1 Year Ago
      He had great vision for the company... they didn't have the money however. Probably why they wrongly dismissed him, his pay packet was probably too much too.
    2014 Lotus Evora
    MSRP: $68,480 - $79,980
    2013 Lotus Evora
    MSRP: $66,800 - $78,600
    2012 Lotus Evora
    MSRP: $66,100 - $77,600
    2011 Lotus Elise
    MSRP: $51,845 - $57,950
    2011 Lotus Evora
    MSRP: $64,000 - $81,500