Lotus and PROTON advisor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad visits Group Lotus

Published on February 25th, 2010

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad receives a full business and technology briefing from Lotus Senior Management and test drives the Lotus Evora.

During his visit, Tun Dr. Mahathir was briefed on the latest high technology developed by Lotus Engineering including the innovative Omnivore variable compression ratio system engine concept and the Lotus Range Extender engine designed specifically for the new breed of highly efficient series hybrid vehicles. This briefing was given by Dr Robert Hentschel, Director of Lotus Engineering.

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Tun Dr. Mahathir was also given a full briefing on the current and future Lotus business plans by Group Lotus plc CEO, Dany Bahar, before viewing the Lotus assembly line where the award winning Lotus Evora, the iconic Lotus Elise and the stunning Lotus Exige are manufactured.

To finish off his visit, Tun Dr. Mahathir test drove the multi award winning Lotus Evora on the Lotus Test Track and experienced what is regarded by many of the world’s motoring press as the best sportscar on the market.

Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus plc, said, “It is an honour for us all at Lotus to welcome Tun Dr. Mahathir to Group Lotus and for him to see how our business is growing and changing to match the new market demands for our sportscars and high technology engineering. Tun Dr. Mahathir was instrumental in leading the acquisition of Lotus by our shareholders PROTON in 1996 and I am grateful for his continuing support of our business over the years.”

text & pix: PROTON

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