We have bad news for Lotus fans as the company dismissed Dany Bahar for spending irregularities. For those who don’t know, Bahar was suspended last month due an investigation into his expenses. The official press release said that Bahar will be replaced by Aslam Farikullah with immediate effect. Lotus has more than 1,000 workers at its headquarters located in easter England.
DRB-HICOM group managing director Mohd Khamil Jamil but also the chairman of Lotus said that the Malaysian owner is commited to ensure the ongoing and future business operations of the Lotus Group.
Before Lotus, Dany Bahar worked in marketing for Red Bull and Ferrari and moved to the British manufacturer who now fired him after Proton agreed a dael for Malaysian aviation entrepreneur Tony Fernandes to enter Formula One as Lotus Racing.
The bad news is that Bahar had big plans for Lotus as the company created six concept cars - 2014 Elite, 2013 Elan Concept, 2013 Esprit, 2015 Eterne, 2015 Elise Concept and the City Car - which were supposed to enter production as soon as possible. Now, nobody knows if or when will we see these cars.
There’s a saying that goes you can never have everything in life. In the automotive world, this much is true and customers continue to demand more and more. All of that appears to change with the introduction of the new Lotus Elan. Considered as the flagship of the brand’s new line-up, it is a high performance vehicle as expected considering that it is a Lotus model.
However due to a number of ingenious modifications, the brand has managed to make it practical even on a daily drive. In terms of style, the combination of the perfect poise and the muscular body guarantees that it is indeed built for sporty performance. It is both ambitious and addictive and rigid with tension. To put it bluntly, it offers everything that is the best is in this model.
Powering it is the pressure-charged 4.0-liter V6 engine that can offer a maximum of 450 PS. Add in the fact that overall weight is just 1,295 kilograms, then you can be sure how this supercar is bound to perform. However, the Elan is not simply about visuals or performance. Another reason why many customers will find this model interesting is its lineup of innovations.
Like the other models in the new range, Lotus will be offering the hybrid technology that has KERS as an option for the Elan. With the offer of a 2+2 version, this just heightens the fact that the Elan will likely be the only supercar you will ever need.
According to Lotus Group Chief Executive Officer Dany Bahar, those who have long wondered what car would make them drive home using the long route, then it is the Elan. Excellent for both the racetrack and the road, the Elan not only meets the needs of customers but likely makes new ones as well. The Lotus Elan is scheduled to be released within the last six months of 2013.