Lotus To Build Cars In China

Lotus parent company Proton has signed an agreement with Chinese industrial firm Goldstar to form a new joint venture, whose aim will be to eventually manufacture “Lotus-branded passenger cars” in China. Proton’s links with Goldstar date back more than a decade but this is the first time the Malaysian automaker’s premium marque, Lotus, has been tied with the Chinese firm. According to a statement released by Lotus, the collaboration seeks to accelerate the expansion of the Lotus brand in China, not only in terms of sales but also in the areas of research and development and eventually manufacturing. The research and development will focus on the area of efficient technology, which attracts major incentives from the Chinese government.