Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Central Virginia
After reading an interview with Steve Crijns, I was reminded of something: Crijns is Belgian, and yet is responsible for a couple of the more distinctive and image-shifting desgins for Lotus in the last 20 years. Probably worth mentioning that the iconic Esprit is a Guigiaro design, as well.
I suspect Crijns was not on the market for Geely and is quite happy at McLaren. But I wonder if, in searching for a 'British' designer, they didn't narrow their focus too much.
In any case, Lotuses have always been svelte. Geely has made it quite clear that they want a Lotus-branded SUV to complete with Cayennes, etc. I'm not sure how you can make a svelte jacked up station wagon. Seems like Burgess may have been handed an impossible task.