Two years ago at the 2009 Paris Motor Show, Lotus unveiled their ambitious plans to release six new models. However the last two years have not been kind to Lotus and not one of the promised six models has surfaced due to their highly publicised problems.

Two years ago at the 2009 Paris Motor Show, Lotus unveiled their ambitious plans to release six new models. However the last two years have not been kind to Lotus and not one of the promised six models has surfaced due to their highly publicised problems.

CEO Dany Bahar has now gone, who was the main driving force behind the six model plan and Lotus sits in financial dire straits as parent company DRB-Hicom makes investigations into the company's viability. Sales are also very low this year, but this is mainly down to Lotus having to stop production while Proton was taken over by DRB-Hicom.

And now we hear that Lotus is pulling out of the 2012 Paris Motor Show - so is this a bad sign for the British sports car manufacturer? Not necessarily - this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed had Lotus as the featured theme, with a massive central display and a good showing of models. DRB-Hicom seem to be pushing to get Lotus back to what it does best; making lightweight sports cars that thrill and excite. With full order books for the new Exige V6 S and V6 Roadster we can see a bright future for Lotus once again, now the ‘Bahar era' has ended.

 

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