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  1. Elise named overall winner out of 17 automotive icons including Porsche 911, Land Rover, Ford Mustang, Mini and VW Beetle Elise took more than a quarter of the total vote from tens of thousands of Autocar readers around the world The Lotus Elise has been awarded the prestigious Readers' Champion award at the Autocar Awards 2019. In a recent poll, Autocar readers were invited to vote for their favourite icon from a list of 17 cars that are still in production and using the same name since launch. Each of the selected icons were championed by a different member of the Autocar editorial team. Receiving the award were Lotus Cars’ Design Director, Russell Carr and Head of Concepts Richard Rackham. Russell Carr said: “The Elise as a concept demonstrated the purity of Lotus design perfectly. As a design, it has developed and evolved over the years, but the essence of the Elise has always remained and that is one of the reasons why it has become such an icon. And of course, I greatly appreciate the support from the Autocar readership who clearly recognise this iconic status.” Richard Rackham, previously the Vehicle Architect behind the Elise, added: “The Elise was a revolution, as not only did it demonstrate the benefits of lightweight to an industry that insisted on higher power and the increased mass that goes with it, but it also pioneered the use of extruded and bonded aluminium technology which is now so ubiquitous in global small volume vehicle manufacture.” Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, said: “Displaying the appetite for pure driving machinery we’ve always been certain they had, our loyal readers have decided by an overwhelming margin that the Lotus Elise is this year’s 2019 Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Readers chose the Elise for its unwavering emphasis on driving factors: fine steering, handling and brakes made more effective by its compactness and light weight. For the record, we at Autocar enthusiastically applaud the decision.” The bonded and extruded aluminium chassis technology that Lotus introduced first to the industry continues to evolve and improve. Future Lotus cars will incorporate this and new lightweight technologies, further strengthening Lotus’ position as a leader in agile, high performance and lightweight sports cars. The Elise was not the only Lotus to have been included in the voting process, with the Lotus Seven as another of the 17 icons.
  2. Elise named overall winner out of 17 automotive icons including Porsche 911, Land Rover, Ford Mustang, Mini and VW Beetle Elise took more than a quarter of the total vote from tens of thousands of Autocar readers around the world The Lotus Elise has been awarded the prestigious Readers' Champion award at the Autocar Awards 2019. In a recent poll, Autocar readers were invited to vote for their favourite icon from a list of 17 cars that are still in production and using the same name since launch. Each of the selected icons were championed by a different member of the Autocar editorial team. Receiving the award were Lotus Cars’ Design Director, Russell Carr and Head of Concepts Richard Rackham. Russell Carr said: “The Elise as a concept demonstrated the purity of Lotus design perfectly. As a design, it has developed and evolved over the years, but the essence of the Elise has always remained and that is one of the reasons why it has become such an icon. And of course, I greatly appreciate the support from the Autocar readership who clearly recognise this iconic status.” Richard Rackham, previously the Vehicle Architect behind the Elise, added: “The Elise was a revolution, as not only did it demonstrate the benefits of lightweight to an industry that insisted on higher power and the increased mass that goes with it, but it also pioneered the use of extruded and bonded aluminium technology which is now so ubiquitous in global small volume vehicle manufacture.” Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, said: “Displaying the appetite for pure driving machinery we’ve always been certain they had, our loyal readers have decided by an overwhelming margin that the Lotus Elise is this year’s 2019 Autocar Awards Readers’ Champion. Readers chose the Elise for its unwavering emphasis on driving factors: fine steering, handling and brakes made more effective by its compactness and light weight. For the record, we at Autocar enthusiastically applaud the decision.” The bonded and extruded aluminium chassis technology that Lotus introduced first to the industry continues to evolve and improve. Future Lotus cars will incorporate this and new lightweight technologies, further strengthening Lotus’ position as a leader in agile, high performance and lightweight sports cars. The Elise was not the only Lotus to have been included in the voting process, with the Lotus Seven as another of the 17 icons. This post has been promoted to an article
  3. Senior international automotive executive Geoff Dowding joins Lotus Dowding brings deep experience in the development of global automotive networks and distribution routes Lotus is delighted to announce the appointment of Geoff Dowding as Global Sales and Aftersales Director, reporting to Lotus Cars CEO, Phil Popham. Geoff joins from Al Habtoor Motors, one of the largest distributors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was COO. Prior to this, he held a variety of senior roles with brands including VW, Nissan, Porsche, Harley-Davidson and Bentley. At Bentley he played a pivotal role in the development of the specialist Mulliner business and in establishing the brand’s expanding dealer network around the world during his 18 years with the company. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars said, “With Geoff’s proven track record and experience with luxury automotive brands, volume producers and niche players, he brings a depth and breadth of experience to our business. He will play a fundamental role in the future global sales and aftersales operations of Lotus as we enter a new era of expansion.” Geoff Dowding added “I am looking forward to being part of the team that will lead Lotus into a new future that is full of potential with new cars and new horizons, starting with the recently announced Type 130 hyper car.” Lotus’ recruitment drive is continuing with new positions available across the company in multiple locations in the UK and internationally. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.lotuscars.com/jobs-and-careers-at-lotus. This post has been promoted to an article
  4. Senior international automotive executive Geoff Dowding joins Lotus Dowding brings deep experience in the development of global automotive networks and distribution routes Lotus is delighted to announce the appointment of Geoff Dowding as Global Sales and Aftersales Director, reporting to Lotus Cars CEO, Phil Popham. Geoff joins from Al Habtoor Motors, one of the largest distributors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was COO. Prior to this, he held a variety of senior roles with brands including VW, Nissan, Porsche, Harley-Davidson and Bentley. At Bentley he played a pivotal role in the development of the specialist Mulliner business and in establishing the brand’s expanding dealer network around the world during his 18 years with the company. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars said, “With Geoff’s proven track record and experience with luxury automotive brands, volume producers and niche players, he brings a depth and breadth of experience to our business. He will play a fundamental role in the future global sales and aftersales operations of Lotus as we enter a new era of expansion.” Geoff Dowding added “I am looking forward to being part of the team that will lead Lotus into a new future that is full of potential with new cars and new horizons, starting with the recently announced Type 130 hyper car.” Lotus’ recruitment drive is continuing with new positions available across the company in multiple locations in the UK and internationally. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.lotuscars.com/jobs-and-careers-at-lotus.
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    Considering a return to the fold....

    Hi Johnny, welcome back
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