In a recent visit to Lotus' headquarters in Hethel, DRB-HICOM managing director Dato' Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Bin Jamil was quoted by Autocar as saying that DRB-HICOM, the new owner of Lotus parent Protron, "is not thinking about a sale."ť However, Dato' Jamil left himself an out by adding that he could "never say never"ť about a sale.
Production at Lotus has resumed after a short shutdown - Malaysian law requires a 60-day financial stringency period following a sale - but it remains unknown if DRB-HICOM's financial backing goes beyond day-to-day activities. Prior to Proton's sale Lotus was developing several new models, including an Esprit supercar that was due to launch next year.
DRB-HICOM's review of Lotus is expected to take several months, so it will be a while before the situation is fully resolved.