Proton is making plans to manufacture low-end Lotus cars in Malaysia in late 2007 or 2008, and both Lotus and Proton management have agreed with this plan.
The companies are currently identifying the specifications for the car, the pltform to work with and the target market. Lotus cars are priced between RM300,000 to RM400,000, but this new low-end Lotus car would be priced around the RM100,000 range. If this plan works out, this would be truly “my first Lotus” for alot of people who want to experience Lotus engineering and power through lightness concept.
It could be a lower-end sports car than the very basic Lotus Elise, or could be something else out of the Lotsu norm like the Lotus APX.