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Lotus Exige S Roasted launched in KL

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Lotus officially launched the new Exige S Roadster to the Malaysian market at the its own flagship showroom and centre in Penchala, KL. The Exige S Roadster sits alongside the Exige S, Exige Cup and Exige Cup R completing the Exige line-up. 

Exige S Roadster is powered by the same 3.5L V6 supercharger engine. Weighing 10kg less than the Exige S at 1,1666kg, none of the exhilarating performance of the Exige range is compromised. 0-100km/h achievable in just 3.9seconds. Deliverying 345 hp at 7,000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. Gearbox is a 6-speed manual transmission, no automatic transmission option.

Interior, there is leather upholstery with an air conditioning system, and a 4-speaker sound system. Putting on the fabric soft top would have to be manually done. Safety wise, it comes standard with two front airbags, and ABS with EBD and brake assistance, and stability control.

The Exige S Roadster is priced from RM452,030 on the road without insurance and other misc charges. Lotus have also included a three-year OR 100,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.

 

Lotus Evora in Chrome for movie – “The Host”

Last weekend Lotus Malaysia has unveiled a special Chrome Lotus Evora which it’s also feature in the upcoming movie “The Host” which is from a novel written by Stephanie Meyer ( the author who wrote “The Twilight Saga”).

Lotus Owners Club Malaysia also participated in the event. 75 cars from various Lotus models gather at the  Lotus Flagship Showroom & Center in Sg. Penchala, Damansara for a convoy to Kuala Lumpur. The chrome Lotus Evora, as seen in the movie driven driven by Natasha Seatter – a Malaysian racing sensation led the all the Lotus cars convoy to Pavillion KL for a special movie screening of  ”The Host” as well as some photo session.

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Lotus has a strong cinematic history; with appearances in two ‘Bond’ films – in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ out-racing a motorbike and helicopter before taking to the sea as the iconic submersible Esprit, and in a cool role in ‘For Your Eyes Only’; “cornering like it’s on rails” with Julia Roberts at the wheel in ‘Pretty Woman’; and taking part in an adrenaline fuelled chase sequence along the San Francisco coastline with Sharon Stone in ‘Basic Instinct’.

‘The Host’ follows the plight of ‘Melanie’ played by Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as she battles an unforeseen enemy lead by the ‘Seeker’ played by Hollywood favourite Diane Kruger. A romantic action-adventure which sees Melanie join resistance fighters as they battle for the survival of the human race, ‘The Host’ is a tale of spirit, individuality and determination – traits that echo Lotus’ own character.

Negotiations for a “hero car” for the movie started in early October 2011 and by the end of the month Lotus had agreed to provide a number of Evoras to the project directed by its screenwriter Andrew Niccol who was looking for an extraordinary car for the role. The Lotus Evora was chosen for its stunning and futuristic aesthetic, which when juxtaposed with contemporary locations, gives a truly alien element to the Sci-Fi movie.

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In conjunction of this Hollywood block buster movie, public will have a chance to view the Chrome Lotus Evora up-close. The Chrome Lotus Evora currently on display at Level 3, Couture Pavilion from 1st April 2013 until 10th April 2013, and later the car will be displayed at IPC (Ikano Power Centre) Shopping Centre, Mutiara Damansara from 11th April 2013 until 28th April 2013. 

The Chrome Vinyl Wrap Lotus Evora with special-effect lighting is driven by the “baddies” in the movie to get rid of human race from earth by overtaking the human physical body and erasing the memories of human mind.Check out the movie trailer “The Host” below and get a glimpse of the chromed Lotus Evora in action before you head to the cinema.

Gallery : Lotus Evora in Chrome

Lotus Cars Unveils New Exige S At Opening of Flagship Store

Lotus cars took the wraps off their new Exige S sports car as they opened a flagship store in the heart of London’s West End. The state-of-the-art store, which is spread over 4,800 sq. feet of floor space in a landmark building that once housed the famous Café Royal, just a short distance from Piccadilly Circus.

 

 

The shop opening and sports car unveiling mark a new chapter for both Lotus and its parent company PROTON after being taken over by DRB-HICOM earlier this year.

 

Group Managing Director of DRB-HICOM and Executive Chairman of PROTON Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil said: “We can derive many synergies between DRB-HICOM, PROTON and Lotus; and we reaffirm our full and long-term commitment to raise Lotus to the next level of success. With a future of increased productivity and cooperation ahead, Lotus is destined to join the ranks of the great luxury performance brands of the world.”

 

 

The 170mph high-performance Exige S with a supercharged V6 engine caused a sensation when it was announced at the Frankfurt motor show last year. The first cars will begin rolling off the production line at the company’s HQ at Hethel, Norfolk, later this month.

 

Lotus Chief Operating Officer Aslam Farikullah said: “The car represents the very best of Lotus. Its aerodynamic appearance is race-track inspired, as is the interior. Every detail from the racing twin-piston front caliper brakes, to the glossy black wheels and lightweight aluminum bonded structure has the Lotus mark of excellence about it.”

 

The board of DRB-HICOM met with British Trade Secretary Dr Vince Cable on Wednesday, shortly before the store was officially opened by Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK, Dato’ Sri Zakaria Sulong.

 

The store focuses on providing clothing, memorabilia and luxury goods aimed at three generations of Lotus followers.

Dismissal Confirmed for Dany Bahar as Group Lotus CEO

Not long ago, Group Lotus plc has confirmed that, Mr Dany Bahar has been officially terminated from his employment as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Group Lotus with immediate effect from suspend stage. The decision was made by the Board of Group Lotus plc following the results of an investigation into a complaint made against him by the company’s penultimate holding company, DRB-HICOM Berhad.

 

 

What’s more, Mr Aslam Farikullah was announced to be the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Lotus now. According to the source, Mr Aslam has over 26 years work experience in the industry and he is also a British permanent resident.

 

Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, Group Managing Director of DRB-HICOM Berhad and also Chairman of Lotus said: “I would like to assure you that we remain committed to ensure the ongoing and future business operations of the Lotus Group as we take the Lotus Group to the next level to remain relevant in the global automotive industry. I look forward to bringing mutual benefits to not only DRB-HICOM and PROTON Holdings Berhad but also the Lotus Group and its employees as well as contribute to the growth of the British automotive industry.”

Dany Bahar Suspended as Group Lotus CEO by Proton

Today, Proton has confirmed that the Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, Dany Bahar has been temporarily suspended from his role to facilitate an investigation into a complaint about his conduct made by Lotus’ penultimate parent company, DRB-HICOM Berhad.

 

 

Based on the Press Release, Dato’ Lukman Ibrahim, Mr Mohd Khalid Yusof and Mr Aslam Farikullah (representatives of Lotus’ parent companies) have been authorised by Group Lotus plc’s board to handle and conduct the day-to-day management and affairs of the Lotus Group during the the absence of Mr Bahar’s. They will be assisted by Mr Rusman Zaihan. They have been authorised to take up these duties during the suspension period.

 

Furthermore, Proton also confirmed that its holding company DRB-HICOM is not selling Lotus, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Proton, despite the recent media reports on speculation and rumours coming from unreliable sources on the purported intent to sell.

 

According to Executive Chairman of Proton Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, “We acknowledge that Lotus can provide value to Proton. Lotus is an iconic brand with global presence and positioning, coupled with unsurpassed engineering expertise and a talented workforce.”

 

He added, “Both Proton and DRB-HICOM will continue to review the existing business plans and financial position of Lotus in taking Lotus forward in the immediate- to medium-term. DRB-HICOM has sent in a team comprising local and international consultants to Lotus from March 2012 to conduct an operations and legal audit on Lotus group of companies.”

 

Unfortunately, there is no statement in the press release from the Managing Director of Proton, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin regarding this incident.
 

The need for this review is especially pertinent in light of the existing financial obligation of Lotus in the form of a £270 million syndicated loan taken at the end of 2010 which we reported it here. The six financial institutions acting as lenders are CIMB Bank, Malayan Banking Berhad, Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad, Affin Bank Berhad and EON Bank Berhad (now known as Hong Leong Bank after merging).