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    Report: Lotus settles with ex-CEO Dany Bahar, avoids London High Court
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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 ...

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    Official: Lotus names Jean-Marc Gales as new CEO
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    It's been about two years since DRB-Hicom took over Proton, and through it Lotus. One of its first courses of action was to fire the existing CEO, Dany Bahar, and proceed to scrap most if not all of his (arguably over-) ambitious plans. In his place they put one of their own – Aslam ...

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    Official: Lotus to receive $16M government grant
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    Troubled British automaker Lotus is getting a second infusion of cash following a 100-million-pound ($161.5-million) investment by its parent company DRB-Hicom that was made in August. The substantially smaller investment, a mere 10 million pounds ($16.2 million), comes from the British ...

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    Report: Lotus hiring 100 after securing £100m investment
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    Lotus is getting a shot in the arm courtesy of corporate parent DRB-Hicom, which has announced a 100-million pound ($152.3M USD at today's rates) investment in the Hethel, UK-based manufacturer. The troubled brand was also in the news last week, with DRB announcing a new, three-year plan that ...

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    Report: Lotus to move immediately forward with new variants rather than new models
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    It took 1.5 years, but a DRB-Hicom managing director told Malaysia's Business Times that the company has "cleaned up" the situation at Lotus from its finances to its marketing and image. The clean-up job we're most interested in, the product portfolio, will be demonstrated by financial investment ...

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    Report: Lotus suing former CEO Bahar over spending on homes, helicopters and watches
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    More details have come out about the legal suit and countersuit being contested between Lotus cars owner DRB-Hicom and former CEO of Lotus Dany Bahar. Bahar was brought in by Malaysian car company Proton in 2009 to turn Lotus around, and events during his tenure have made just about everyone ...

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    Report: Lotus Esprit all but ready to go, but held back by management issues
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    Brief and disappointing is this report from Autocar on the status of the Lotus Esprit: it is finally ready and sitting at the light, but the light might not go green for a long time. The good news is that from being a concept two years ago at the Paris Motor Show, the aluminum and carbon fiber ...

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    Report: Honda to share platforms, facilities with Proton
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    Honda and Malaysia's Proton have signed an agreement to work together, but before we go and start dreaming about a Lotus-derived Honda S2000 successor, Automotive News Europe breaks down what the deal could mean for both automakers. Proton (parent company of Lotus) has been trying to build a ...

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    Rumormill: Lotus Esprit cancelled? [UPDATE]
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    Two years ago, we were gobsmacked when humble Lotus shocked the automotive world by wheeling out no fewer than five new models – admittedly in various stages of development – at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The ambitious onslaught of new sheetmetal came at the behest of then-CEO Danny ...

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    Report: VW labor boss says 12 brands are enough, doesn't want to acquire Proton
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    The friction between Volkswagen and Proton continues, but this time it's coming from Germany, not Malaysia. The two firms have talked about some sort of partnership, or VW buying Proton outright, intermittently going back to 2005. In 2007 a partnership was nixed after a year of talks, then in 2010 ...

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    Report: Volkswagen looking to acquire Proton, Lotus?
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    Let's say you're an automaker bent on world domination looking to grow your sales. That's going to have you looking at Asian markets, because that's where some of the biggest growth has been, and that's exactly what Volkswagen is doing as it considers making another run at Malaysia's ...

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    Report: New Lotus owners ditch ambitious five-year plan
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    This didn't take long. The new overlords at Lotus have reportedly scrapped the company's five-year plan. DRB-Hicom ditched the turnaround strategy, penned by ousted CEO Danny Bahar, because it believes the market viewed the plan as overly ambitious. The new product plan will slim the number of ...

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    Report: Lotus bows out of Paris Motor Show
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    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 ...

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    Report: Dany Bahar to sue Lotus over dismissal
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    Lotus and parent company DRB-Hicom haven't offered much commentary on the suspension and eventual firing of former CEO Dany Bahar. European newspapers and websites, on the other hand, have been having a field day reporting on various financial missteps rumored to have taken place with Bahar at ...

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    Official: Lotus fires CEO Dany Bahar amidst controversy
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    Lotus has fired CEO Dany Bahar and appointed Aslam Farikullah as the company's Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. The move was unsurprising, as an investigation into Bahar's expenses had led to his suspension last week. The 51-year-old Farikullah is said to have over 26 years of ...

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    Report: Lotus boss Dany Bahar suspended by Malaysian owners
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    DRB-Hicom has suspended Lotus CEO Dany Bahar pending an investigation into the executive's conduct. While the sports car manufacturer's parent company has declined to comment on exactly which facet of Bahar's conduct is in question, The Telegraph reports the inquiry may be related to expenses. ...

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    Report: Proton has no plans to sell Lotus
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    Lotus isn't going anywhere, according to parent company Proton. Autocar reports representatives of Proton's new owner, DRB-HICOM, stopped by Lotus HQ to reassure the company's staff. Dato Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Bin Jamil, DRB-HICOM group managing director, said his company "is not thinking about a ...

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    Report: Lotus scrapes together enough money to restore production
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    "The past four months have been really tough for us," admits Lotus CEO Dany Bahar to Autocar magazine. "We were working at a pace nobody had seen at Lotus for many years," Bahar continued, alluding to the British sports car maker's planned rollout of four models over five years that recently had ...

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    Report: Lotus model development on lockdown as company looks to change hands
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    Lotus has put a halt to all development of future models. The news comes after the Malaysian government sold its controlling stake in Lotus parent company Proton. According to EVO, the company's takeover regulations require all involved parties to enter into a "lockdown" wherein anything outside ...

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    Report: CEO Dany Bahar looking for a buyer for Lotus
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    Reports this week out of London indicate that Lotus CEO Dany Bahar seeks a partner, or even a purchaser, for the Hethel firm. Malaysian automaker Proton currently owns Lotus, but Proton was taken over in January when Malaysian auto parts supplier DRB-Hicom bought the government's controlling ...

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