Geely-owned Lotus might switch to Volvo powertrains
In Cars, International News, Lotus, Volvo / By Danny Tan / 8 May 2018 6:31 pm / 24 comments
Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales is keen on a switch to powertrain options available from other Geely-owned brands, although the sportscar maker will continue using Toyota engines for the immediate future, Autocar reports. Geely completed its purchase of a majority stake in Lotus from Proton in September 2017.
Geely group engines would most likely be from Volvo, which tech is being used by other brands in the umbrella such as Lynk & Co. Volvo’s petrol engine stable currently has a 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo and several versions of a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo, with the option of an added supercharger.
The UK mag says that it’s expected that Lotus would use in-house expertise to boost performance from any Geely-sourced engines, as it does with Toyota units today. Volvo has electrified “Twin Engine” versions of its three- and four-cylinder engines, and those could be powerful enough to propel Hethel’s high performance sportscars. Volvo is also developing all-electric models.
Polestar 1 white exterior, front Polestar 1 white exterior, 3/4 rear
There’s also the powertrain used by the upcoming Polestar 1 coupe. It combines a 2.0 litre engine providing power to the front wheels, a 46 hp/150 Nm integrated starter generator, and two 109 hp electric motors for the rear wheels. Total system output is 600 hp/1,000 Nm, with up to 150 km of electric range.
On the Lotus crossover that has been talked about for seemingly ages, now due within four years, Gales said: “Crossovers can be hybrid or full electric.” On electrification in Lotus sports cars, Gales thinks that there’s still life in the internal combustion engine. “There are some years left for combustion engines in sports cars, but maybe a mild hybrid would work,” he said.
The Lotus chief is open to the idea of an EV sports car. “The pace of development in electric drive is incredible and batteries are also moving fast,” said the man who has helmed Lotus since 2014.
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Toyota no fan on May 08, 2018 at 6:41 pm
Of course enough with toyota name, later Toyota fans syiok sendiri imagine driving lotus car
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MeToo on May 08, 2018 at 7:42 pm
Geely making a smart move.
10, 20, 30 years down the road, when you sit with your grandchilren just like the Geely boss.
“Let me tell you a story about how, I, took that one chance, that one time. Prevented the downfall of this country so you could enjoy the life in our beloved Malaysia you have now.”
Lotus & Geely took their chance too then
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john on May 09, 2018 at 8:02 am
Choose for ProTiga or choose for more public transports.
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Shahrir Ahmad on May 10, 2018 at 10:35 am
Geely might not exist anymore. Tun Mahathir will take Proton private.
Poor john. I am sorry brother
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Bat on May 08, 2018 at 6:52 pm
Don’t forget to get new models in for Lotus instead of -5kg limited edition every other months.
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Mike Lam on May 08, 2018 at 7:00 pm
This is Geely ultimate plan. After a while they just use their own engines and even name.
The same fate for Proton too. After a while, Malaysia won’t have a Proton name, a Proton company and a Proton car. It will only be Geely cars sold in Malaysia.
Goodbye 35 years of history of being a car maker.
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rally_fan (Member) on May 08, 2018 at 11:43 pm
seriously dude.. people dont buy “brands” to destroy the brand. if what you say is true.. then bye bye mini, coz in a few years.. there wont be any more mini but small bmws running around.. likewise with every other brand owned by a major car brand. Companies are more about brand value than just the actual product a person buys. anyone can build a product in a short time, but brands take years to build.
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YAB Alberto on May 09, 2018 at 4:41 am
35 years of a failed protectionist policy that brought about expensive cars for everyone in malaysia, 35 years of wasting taxpayers money, is that not enough?
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Tido oh tido on May 09, 2018 at 12:22 pm
It is not failed policy, pipu still could buy foreign brands and more Honda sold than P1
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Hazard on May 09, 2018 at 1:17 pm
Who you vote?
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Pergh… on May 09, 2018 at 5:11 pm
Most some people want atuk to lead the country, which will introduce further protectionist policy to protect his cronies.. How la like that..
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Nosushi on May 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm
Who cares, jepunis cars are not good pun
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Junkard on May 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Betul betui, jepunis cars are craps and junks
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LOL on May 09, 2018 at 4:38 pm
Aren’t you the happiest person if Proton no longer exist? Mr Mike Lam aka Rajoo Selvam, Muthusamy Perisamy and many dubious dupes.
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ali on May 08, 2018 at 7:04 pm
Geely Lotus pon harap tukar yang lagi bagus.
Bangkit lah wahai Rakyat Malaysia! Tunggu apalagi.
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john on May 09, 2018 at 8:04 am
Pilihlah utk ProTiga atau pilihlah utk melebihkan pengangkutan awam.
Pilihlah dgn bijaksana
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Inikarilah!!!!! on May 08, 2018 at 7:11 pm
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HK on May 08, 2018 at 10:56 pm
There goes a legend…geely got what they wanted…
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rally_fan (Member) on May 08, 2018 at 11:44 pm
its still LOTUS. the british car company. why cant people understand something simple as that.. VW owns lamborghini.. so buy bye bye lambo? there goes a legend? then what about volvo? its still volvo isn’t it?
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HK on May 09, 2018 at 4:47 pm
At least Volkswagen didn’t make Lamborghini to change their traditional of using internal combustion engines…and I believe they could have if they wanted.So maybe you should learn to understand how changing something that had been continued for generations would affect.
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rightwinger on May 09, 2018 at 9:40 pm
before using Toyota engines Lotus was using Rover K series engines since Elise MK1. So, what did you mean by ‘changing something that had been done for generations’? theyve been changing engines ever since the beginning- Early Lotus engines were actually Ford’s.
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Anonymous on May 09, 2018 at 11:42 pm
Geely’s main interest is acquiring the expertise and technology. So like Volvo, they would likely let Lotus do their own R&D and make cars like they usually do. Only this time, they can do those things with Geely’s money and management skills.
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LOL on May 09, 2018 at 4:34 pm
When Lotus was still under Proton, critics b*tched about Lotus not making profits and not cheap enough for Malaysians to buy. Now, when it’s under Geely, people lament about Lotus ‘no longer Malaysian-owned’. Haters going to hate, no matter what!
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stastasta on May 15, 2018 at 10:28 am
to be fair, both are valid complaints. lotus was making hundreds of millions pounds losses and require constant financial support from proton . and now, proton will be back to rebadging china cars (instead of jap cars). what a shame. 30 years of R&D grants down the drain.
SPIED: 2019 Audi RS7 prototype spotted once again
In Audi, Cars, International News, Spyshots / By Matthew H Tong / 8 May 2018 5:42 pm / 1 comment
The second-generation Audi RS7 Sportback has been spotted once again by our European spy photographers, this time in the sunny province of Barcelona, Spain. Just as previously sighted, the prototype model is completely camo-free and wears the standard A7 look. But as they say, the devil is in the details.
From the front, you can barely tell that it’s the RS7, but the extended wheel arches, huge test wheels, gigantic brake calipers and dual oval exhaust pipes all point towards the high-performance grand tourer. Interestingly, the front disc brakes aren’t of the larger drilled items as seen before.
In the performance department, the new RS7 is rumoured to get a 4.0 litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 that produces around 550 hp, and it’s said to be the same unit found in the Panamera Turbo. There, the engine produces 542 hp and 770 Nm – that’s 18 hp less from the outgoing RS7’s 560-pony count, but a full 70 Nm more twist.
The RS7 is also rumoured to get an even higher performance version, featuring the same engine but with an electric motor to boost output to 700 hp. A similar plug-in hybrid system is found in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, one that boasts a total system output of 680 hp and 850 Nm. Will the RS7 benefit from the same electrified system? Perhaps, because the A7 was built to accommodate hybrid tech – every variant of the new A7 is a hybrid of sorts – from the get-go.
The upcoming Audi RS7 will be one of five new RS models in Audi Sport’s plans by the year 2020. Naturally, it’s expected to be even quicker than the outgoing RS7.
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mattdamonfan on May 09, 2018 at 12:44 pm
They wait for matt damon coming back from Mars, deswai tease here tease there but no launching