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Proton Will Build Lotus Cars With China's Goldstar Heavy Industrial Co.

Hans February 24, 2015 11:20

Proton has signed a cooperation agreement with China's Goldstar Heavy Industrial Co. The agreement will see Proton producing Lotus-brand vehicles in the city of Quanzhou in Fujian.

The announcement posted on the Quanzhou municipal's website did not elaborate if the Lotus-brand vehicles referred to are 'genuine' Lotus sports cars that we all know, or are merely rebadged Protons.

At the moment, two Proton models (Persona and Gen.2) are assembled and sold by China's Youngman Automobile Group as the L3 Sedan and L3 Hatchback respectively. Although these cars are branded as a Lotus, it uses a different logo as this Lotus takes its name from another subsidiary of Proton, Lotus Automotive Technology Engineering (the consulting arm) rather than Lotus Cars that makes the iconic Elise, Exige and Evora.

However, the Quanzhou municipal government did reveal that the cooperation will see the construction of a new car and engine production plant, as well as an establishment of an R&D centre.

The announcement did not mention any timelines for the project.

About Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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