British sports car firm set to be absorbed by Geely.
The British sports car firm, along with its Proton parent company, is set to be acquired by Geely, the Chinese firm that acquired Volvo in 2010.
Lotus has a strong history of engineering consultancy, helping car companies to fine-tune the suspension settings of sporting and comfort-oriented models.
The brand is likely to be brought in to Volvo’s development process as engineers work on models ranging from executive limousines to affordable hatchbacks and Polestar performance models intended to take on the likes of Mercedes-AMG.
Roger Wallgren, principal engineer of vehicle dynamics for the new XC60, told Drive that the expertise offered by Lotus “would be appreciated”.
“Why not,” he says.
“I don’t see any problem using their knowledge.i think it is pretty applicable all over the board.
“You need to have a dialogue – you can exchange knowledge back an forth.”
Clarifying that Volvo has not laid specific plans for the use of Lotus engineers, Wallgren says the sports car concern is well-respected within the automotive community.
“Lotus engineering is pretty big,” he says.
“The whole uk auto industry has a lot of competence there.”
The Swedish chassis guru says Geely has “a lot of ambition” for future models, including further investment in its Polestar performance brand.
“Polestar is a brand that’s going to be used – we are not going to let it sit there and do nothing,” he says.
“Sooner or later you will probably see something.”