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He'll be replaced by Feng Qingfeng, chief technical officer at parent Geely

He'll be replaced by Feng Qingfeng, a vice president and CTO at parent Geely.

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Lotus should capture this spirit in the next Exige

You can get the measure of a car brand by the environment in which its products are built. The narrow, bumpy, hedge-lined lanes of eastern England explain a lot about the way a Lotus goes. The character of a company's chief speaks to the brand's intentions as well. Jean-Marc Gales has been portrayed unflatteringly as a Eurocrat bean counter, but his approach has been to strip weight and cost out of the product to the benefit of performance on both track and bottom line, defining brand attributes


It's not road-legal in the U.S.

Few automakers short of Jeep love cranking out new variants of a current model like Lotus. Today, the storied British sports car manufacturer revealed the new Exige Sport 410, essentially a more comfortable and road-friendly version of the track-focused Exige Cup 430. This is a mid-engine coupe with 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and a dry weight that's slightly more than an ND Mazda MX-5 Miata. Too bad it's not-for-U.S. consumption.


It still needs to be light and agile to really be a Lotus

Last year, Chinese carmaker Geely upped its stake in Lotus to a majority, recently investing more money into the British brand. Now, talking with Automotive News, CEO Jean-Marc Gales says Geely has approved three new models: two sports cars and the third an SUV.


The all-new metal would be the brand's first since 2009.

The all-new metal would be the brand's first since 2009.


Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales was caught doing 102 miles per hour on the A11 motorway near the carmaker's Hethel HQ.


The most powerful Exige yet

It has a top speed of 180 mph.


"[W]hat an Evora is to a 911 our SUV needs to be to a Cayenne," says Lotus chief Mark Gales.


Simplify and ... you know the phrase.

Colin Chapman's first car was built in 1948.


On the 55th anniversary of the first Bond movie.

It's the 55th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, so to celebrate here are our 007 Best James Bond Cars. 


But Geely says it could be a good move for other brands.


Skip breakfast. That might help lap times, too.

Colin Chapman would be proud.


Geely Holding will acquire a controlling interest in British sports car maker Lotus Cars.

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