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Lotus released one of the first real indicators today that it has a bright future.

“It’s been a period of substantial change at Lotus and we are now in a strong position to expand our work on future products and to increase production in our manufacturing facilities,” Lotus chief operating officer Aslam Farikullah said. “We want Lotus to be at the forefront of the global automotive industry and for us to remain competitive, we will introduce more exciting products – there has never been a better time to be part of the future of Lotus.”

It would be understandable to question how stable Lotus really is. The brand’S CEO was thrown out abruptly by then-new owner DRB-Hicom last year. Most recently, plans for new cars were slashed, but an albatross might finally be in sight for the British sports car builder. It announced a hiring spree today that will see over 100 new jobs created following an investment of 100 million British Pounds by its owner.

The company will recruit 45 specialist engineers, 40 “manufacturing operatives,” and 18 recent graduates to “strengthen its engineering, productivity, efficiency and quality,” Lotus said in a statement.

More importantly, the new hands will help Lotus develop new products while expanding its engineering consultancy services. Lotus frequently lends its lightweight engineering expertise to other manufacturers.

“It’s a positive sign for both the U.K. car industry and Lotus that we are able to recruit such a high number of both experienced specialists and graduates, who will take their first steps on an exciting and rewarding career path,” Lotus human resources head said.

Until now, news about a future for Lotus had been mainly speculative. DRB-Hicom had said the brand was safe, but very little actually seemed to be happening at the company.
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Good news I guess.

I know this is lousy to say, I'm sure he's a fine fellow and I'm glad he's there, but having someone named Aslam doing this will take a little adjustment :/

But I'm all for him or whoever if Mr. Chapman's ideas can move forward and I continue to have opportunity to buy new Lotus!

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Aslam's a good name. Is that the Jesus lion that came back from the dead in 'The Chronicles of Narnia'?

Apropos, eh?
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I am so excited about this, he could be named Martha for all I care.

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Leave Asslam alone. He seems like a good guy.
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I don't care what his name is either - I just want that Nightfall Blue Exige Roadster!!!

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I'm connected to Lotus Cars on Linkedin. Earlier in the week through LinkedIn they sent me a link to all their job listings. I noticed and was encouraged by the listing for many different kinds of engineers and designers.

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Great news. Look forward to seeing new models in the show room!
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Would like to see them finish up the new Esprit project which was nearly production ready when it was presumably abandoned post Bahar.
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I'm connected to Lotus Cars on Linkedin. Earlier in the week through LinkedIn they sent me a link to all their job listings. I noticed and was encouraged by the listing for many different kinds of engineers and designers.
I was assuming software engineer openings wouldn't be relevant, but now I'm intrigued. I'll have to check this out.

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Great to hear. Thanks for the post!
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Would like to see them finish up the new Esprit project which was nearly production ready when it was presumably abandoned post Bahar.
I wonder if they're going to use some of the good bits like that engine that apparently worked and remake the Esprit body to look more like current Lotus. I genuinely think that the Bahar cars looked like Lambodegenerati excepting the proposed Elan.
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Aslam's a good name. Is that the Jesus lion that came back from the dead in 'The Chronicles of Narnia'?

Apropos, eh?
I thought that was Aslan... not that it matters...
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