DRB-Hicom suspends Lotus’ CEO Dany Bahar

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 26, 2012

It appears that Lotus’ new Malaysian owners has just suspended Dany Bahar and together with him the ambitious plans for the British manufacturer. According to the new owner, Bahar was suspended in order to facilitate an investigation into a complaint about his conduct. Yeah, right! Anyway, the bad news is that the future of the brand becomes uncertain and there’s a rumor on the Web that DRB-Hicom hired KPMG to sell Lotus to a Chinese buyer.

As usual, DRB-Hicom denied any reports and a company’s spokesman said that everything was going as usual at the Lotus headquarters in eastern England. Currently, Lotus has 1,000 employees and it seems that nothing affected them, yet! Bahar will be replaced by three representatives of Lotus' parent companies.

For those who don’t know, Dany Bahar joined Lotus back in 2009 and came to the company with fresh plans that included the launch of new vehicles and quadruple annual car sales to 8,000.

Before that, Bahar was the Ferrari sales chief. Let's just hope this will not be the end for concepts such as: 2014 Elite, 2013 Elan Concept, 2013 Esprit, 2015 Eterne, 2015 Elise Concept and the City Car! You can find all the photos with the concepts created under Bahar's supervision in the gallery below!

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