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Rumor Mill: GM to buy Lotus?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by tonybelding, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    A rumor has been going around that GM is interested in buying Proton, which is the Malaysian car company that currently owns Lotus.

    Not sure what it would mean for Tesla Motors if GM ended up owning their partner. (Incidentally, GM has owned Lotus before, during which time they developed the LT5 DOHC V8 engine for the Corvette ZR-1.) It would not seem that GM are interested in Lotus as such, they just want Proton's factories. So even if they bought Proton they might end up selling Lotus or spinning it off.
     
  2. Iz

    Iz EVs are here to stay

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    Sounds like halibut to me! Is this one way for GM to disrupt the roadster? If it does pan out, in time we will know GM's intentions. Tesla may have to re-tool part of the WhiteStar facility.
     
  3. Deviant

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    I think it would work quite the opposite, GM could provide futhur backing to the Tesla and use the positive publicity (along with the fact that they ad the EV1 way back when) to build a positive brand image. This could wind up being a win-win situation.
     
  4. tonybelding

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    Update: VW to buy Lotus?

    The latest report I got says GM's bid was a failure, and instead Proton will go to. . . Volkswagen! URL link follows. . .

    http://www.autoblog.com/2007/01/27/enter-the-rumormill-vw-won-bid-to-control-proton

    I don't think we need to worry about Volkswagen having any grudge against electric cars, or trying to undermine the Lotus-Tesla relationship.

    Incidentally. . . Before the Tesla Roadster was ever revealed to the public, the coolest "green sports car" that I ever saw was the VW Ecoracer, which was similar in size and configuration to the Lotus Elise but was supposed to run on biodiesel fuel. Unfortunately it was only a concept/show car, not something they would put into production.
     
  5. Iz

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    You're correct Deviant, GM might have been able to provide backing and lots of publicity. The downside however is that GM is at the mercy of turning profits, stockholders and to some extent oil companies. This "baggage" and lax government regulations prevent large auto companies from developing fuel efficient vehicles using the latest technologies.
     

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