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    Would you think the same of Lotus if Toyota bought the company?

     With all the Porschephiles in an uproar over VW's takeover, I thought I'd pose the hypothetical situation to the Lotus lovers. The company -more or less -has Toyota engines in all of its cars. An Autocar article recently suggested that Toyota ought to buy Lotus outright. Then Lotus can return to Formula 1; Toyota would get to tap its technical expertise and take credit for Lotus' racing endeavors.


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    Re: Would you think the same of Lotus if Toyota bought the company?

    Lotus is already owned by Proton, a Malaysian carmaker.


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    Re: Would you think the same of Lotus if Toyota bought the company?

    awai08:

     With all the Porschephiles in an uproar over VW's takeover, I thought I'd pose the hypothetical situation to the Lotus lovers. The company -more or less -has Toyota engines in all of its cars. An Autocar article recently suggested that Toyota ought to buy Lotus outright.

    Is the question really that hypothetical? Smiley
    Didn't Toyota already (partly) own Lotus once in the past? Smiley

    I'm sure Gauss will know. Smiley
    Or Google.
    PS: I should have checked Google before posting that. 
    Quick Google check confirmed that Toyota held 25% of Lotus for a few years in the 1980s.

    As I think someone else already pointed out, Lotus has not done at all badly in the last dozen or so years from being owned by Proton. Why change a winning team?


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    Re: Would you think the same of Lotus if Toyota bought the company?

    As I remember the Europa had a Renault engine.  Toyota ownership would be a good thing for Lotus as long as Lotus drives and Toyota is the bankrolling passenger.


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