Conversations between Geely and Proton took place two years ago, but talks never mentioned acquisition

The chairman of Chinese car maker Geely has confirmed that his company spoke to Lotus’s parent brand Proton two years ago, but said the talks never moved beyond the topic of technological cooperation.

Geely pulls out of Proton bidding process

Just days after rumours broke that his brand wanted to buy Lotus, Geely chairman Shufu Li said at a roundtable interview in Shanghai “Lotus’s parent company was seeking a partnership with other companies, but our conversations were just on the technological cooperation – we never talked about the purchase of equity.

“I learned of these latest rumours of an acquisition like you, through the media," he said.

While Li denied that his brand had proposed purchasing Lotus, he suggested Geely was interested in working with the British sports car maker in some way.

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“Of course we are facing with different options,” he concluded, but wouldn't reveal any more.

Li added that he is a fan of motor racing himself and is building a new race track in China. When asked if his interest in driving and racing could influence a decision for Lotus, he said "I try to avoid that personal hobbies will influence business decisions."

Geely’s parent company Geely Holding Group also owns Volvo and the London Taxi Company. Li said that there were no plans to add another brand to that list at the moment.

Volvo and Geely are currently moving closer together by sharing model underpinnings and production facilities. Li said focusing on this partnership is a priority for the two brands to increase their global presence and improve efficiency.

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2 November 2016
I personally think that TATA (through JLR) would make a brilliant buyer. They could build a front engined/rear drive modular platform in conjunction with the Jaguar (F-Type and possible smaller Jaguar smaller sports car). Lotus on the hand could built a Elise/Exige and Evora on the same platform.

The Lotus would be more hardcore sports cars with Jaguar being the GT/sport cars. Not to mention the fact that Lotus SUVs and Cars could be built on JLR platforms and Lotus could take on even produce the Jag sports cars at their factory. This could only be a win-win situation for all involved

2 November 2016
Godfather, couldn't agree with
You more. Great idea. I do think that Lotus needs a new design asap the re-hash/evolution of the Elise is getting a little boring now. A complete clean sheet design is needed.

2 November 2016
Anybody else get the same feeling as me that this assurance by Geely sounds a bit like the 'wholehearted support' football managers get from the club Board the day before they're sacked?

2 November 2016
OK, suitable (in my opinion)new owners for Lotus.
Aston Martin,
BMW,
Ford,
Honda,
Hyundai,
McLaren,
Mercedes,
Toyota &
VAG

2 November 2016
you could add Telsa to your list, they've a lot of experience with Lotus after-all.

 

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2 November 2016
Agreed

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