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Pembangunan Lotus Esprit hampir selesai

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Sementara menunggu pengumuman mengenai hala tuju masa depan Proton dan Lotus yang dikhabarkan akan diumumkan pada bulan ini oleh DRB-HICOM, ada perkembangan yang menarik mengenai Lotus Esprit. Menurut www.autocar.co.uk pembangunan model Lotus Esprit hampir selesai, cuma mereka memerlukan sedikit penambaikan sebelum ianya masuk ke fasa seterusnya.

Model ini bakal menggunakan enjin 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 dengan sistem KERS seperti kereta lumba Formula 1, digabungkan dengan transmisi tujuh kelajuan yang dilengkapi paddle-shift. Enjin tersebut boleh menjana sekitar 650bhp selain penggunaan carbonfibre/aluminium sebagai struktur utama model tersebut. Esprit dijangka dijual lebih murah daripada versi premium Porsche 911, iaitu sekitar £100,000.

Kini semuanya bergantung kepada DRB-HICOM untuk memberi lampu hijau sama ada untuk memperkenalkannya dalam masa yang terdekat ataupun sebaliknya.  Kita tunggu dan lihat perkembangan selanjutnya.🙂

13 thoughts on “Pembangunan Lotus Esprit hampir selesai

  1. Cantik…Jual dalam 2 tahun pastuh rebadge as proton sport car plak….Harga biar dalam 200k dah la. Enjin guna la 2.0 CFE jadik la. Kompom lakunya.

  2. letak dlm GT5 DLC.
    promosi kena ada beb!

  3. fuuhhhh boley tahan 650hp .enjin V8.. sikit lagi boleh bersaing dengan Aventador LP 700-4 . 700hp, Enjin V12..

  4. biarlah harga lebih murah dan canggih.. macam evora, mahal tapi macam tak berbaloi

  5. yeah, finally, the proton messiah. hopefully:
    -success dari segi sale volume: bantu proton, bantu ekonomi mesia. ader lebih untung. boleh bantu fund for palestine
    -will silent doubters yang kat luar saner. cakap lotus nih dying arr etc. create hype cam proton elise yang dedulu. dapat review bagus dari reviewer and customer.
    -yang paling penting, technology transfer to proton akan increase. To proton, technology ader depan mater, pandai pandai la digest how to apply kat kereta rakyat biaser.
    -Tapi biler pasang kat UK, nak bawak masuk mesia kena ader AP.( which is hold by some datuk). WTF. 100pond = 488k RM. tapi..

    -maybe tuan tanah boleh mintak proton buat press reviewk kat mesia, and tuan tanah boleh join the century drive test-sweet

  6. Salam Tuan Tanah,

    Memandang tiada apa2 pengumuman dari pihak DRB mengenai hala tuju Proton seperti yang telah dijanjikan oleh mereka dalam bulan November 2012 ini, saya ingin mencadangkan kita membuat pembandingan percapaian yg telah dibuat oleh ketiga-tiga CEO/MD dalam masa 1 atau 2 tahun dibawah pentadbiran mereka… ini adalah hasil tinjauan didlm memori saya:

    1)Tan Sri Tengku Mahalel (Joined 1999 – 2005 kalau tak silap) – 1st model – Waja, introduced in 2000,

    2)Dato’ Seri Syed Zainal (joined 1 January 2006 – 2012) – 1st model – Persona :introduced in 2007.

    3)Dato’ Sri Muhd Khamil & Dato’ Lukman ( Jun 2012 – now (kalau tak salah)) – model introduced – TAK ADA.. tu pun PREVE bawah DSSZ

    Under TM, mmg banyak improve yg dibawa oleh TM spt kilang di Tanjung Malim, Gen-2, Savvy & Satria Neo (walaupun Neo dilancarkan oleh DSSZ)

    Under DSSZ, selain Persona (revised Gen2 actually), Saga, Exora & Preve terhasil.
    Model rebadge spt Inspira, Iswara, Wira, Perdana, Tiara dll tak diambil kira..

    • Sekiranya ingin membuat perbandingan, sila lihat pada penyata audit. Bandingkan nilai aset, liability, akaun semasa, dan paling penting EBIT. Perubahan pada Year on Year atau quaterly patut dibuat. Tapi bila kita melihat Proton tiada lagi di Bursa, maka Price Earning Ratio tidak dapat dibuat melainkan perbanding nilaian DRB itu sendiri. Ia dapat menunjukkan bagaimana pembelian Proton dapat menambah nilai harga saham dan dividen. Namun perlu diambil kira, pembelian Proton menambah nilai liability pada keseluruhan holding tersebut di mana Lotus adalah yang paling banyak liabilitinya, sambil menambah exposure pada market dalam negeri dan luar negeri. Jalan paling selamat bagi mana-mana syarikat adalah dengan menjual aset yg bukan sahaja tidak untung, tapi yang berada dalam pasaran yg lemah.

      Pasaran EU dan US sedang mengalami kemerosotan. EU dijangkan akan berada dalam kemerosotan ekonomi kali kedua (double dip) bila Germany dan Perancis masing-masing menunjukkan kadar peningkatan KDNK sebanyak 0.2% sahaja. Manakala US dalam kebimbangan fiskal bila pastinya cukai pendapatan orang kaya akan bertambah. Bagi mereka yang memahami artikel dalam Autocar.uk yang dirujuk itu, ia bukanlah sesuatu perkembangan yang positif. Sekiranya DRB menangguhkan keluaran Espirit ini, ia adalah langkah yang bijak dari segi penyata kewangan dan juga dari segi pemasaran.

      Penambahan produk (juga bererti penambahan kos pembuatan dan operasi) tanpa memberi pulangan adalah sama dengan pembaziran pada suntikan modal yang telah dijanakan oleh group itu. Walaupun sebagai peminat Lotus, saya sendiri menunggu pelancaran Espirit ini, namun saya lebih berminat agar syarikat itu kekal di bawah naugan syarikat Malaysia dari dijual pada negara asing.

      • kalau ingin dibuat perbandingan based on financial reports by FY to FY basis, consideration should be taken on economic conditions and automotive policies for particulars years. For example world economic recession in late 90’s which has affected most automotive companies in the world including GM, Toyota and etc. Thus opinion, conclusion or justification on performance may be varied from one person’s point of views with other person’s point of view.

        Based on current world economic outlook, may have indicated that future years will be a bumper years to all industries and nations. However, thus indication should not be taken as negative perception. DRB should look the outllok as an advantage to them. Proton have been known as budget car instead of cheap & low quality cars as what perception given to China made cars. Thus, DRB should capitalising on that factor to expand Proton’s market. As for Lotus, a tagline that said “sportcar with light & affordable” should be maintained. You can see that DRB wanted Lotus Esprit to compete Porsche 911, so the price should be right or lower from Porsche 911.

        That’s why I comparing performance of each MD/CEO are based on how many models they have developed within 1 or 2 years in the office.

        p/s: Porsche is the most protifable car company (based on PE), thanks to Cayeenne & Panamera… I know Porsche is currently under VW group.

      • Btw, if i as a shareholder, I would says
        1)how much divided I will get?
        2) you have bigger assets and tonne of cash but why you not utilising or maximising the cash to make more money/profit?
        3) bigger assets but low sales it won’t be good.
        4) current automotive policies has eaten lots of Proton’s market share. What should you do?
        5) current new car sales is 700,000 units per annum and Proton used to captured more than 70%, but now is less than 50%, What should you do?
        6) etc..🙂

  7. DRB-Hicom Chairman confirms Lotus is ‘not safe’ and considers its disposal
    (BY STEVE DAVIES TUESDAY, 27TH NOVEMBER 2012)

    Yesterday at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in Shah Alam, DRB-Hicom’s Chairman Datuk Syed Mohamad Syed Murtaza confirmed what we’ve known for a while, that the company is ‘seriously’ considering its options for Group Lotus, including disposing of its stake to focus on more profitable investments.
    The EGM, which saw shareholders approve the sale of Hicom Power Sdn Bhd, became heated when minority shareholders questioned the logic of selling good assets like Hicom Power, while retaining the toxic business of loss-making Lotus. Although five of these minority shareholders voted against the decision, the sale of Hicom Power was approved.
    Murtaza said in response, “I assure you we are looking at it [Lotus] deeply and seriously… I’ve visited the company twice..”, and he promised to update shareholders on the matter soon including whether DRB-Hicom would be disposing of its stake in the British sports cars maker.
    As we explained last month, DRB-Hicom is servicing loans of US$800 million for its 100% acquisition of Proton Holdings in June this year. In total the company spent more than US$1 billion in acquiring Proton, leveraging 85% of this with debt, but this level of gearing is unsustainable and needs to be quickly reduced.
    With the sale of Hicom Power generating US$190 million in cash and reducing interest payments by US$12.25 million (ironically purchased by DRB’s billionaire owner Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary), the company is considering further asset disposals to pare back its debt.
    The company says it will repay the full US$800 million of loans with a combination of asset disposals and internal funds, however with the turnaround of Proton far from assured, the company has come under increasing pressure to trim away any non-core businesses.
    So where does that leave Lotus?
    It leaves Lotus precisely where we said it was over a month ago. On life support with the reserve power running out.
    Since last month’s revealing exposé, Lotus has done what I guess you’d expect them to do – call in favours from the UK media and try to distract attention away from ‘the elephant in the room’.
    During this time we’ve witnessed perhaps the most inept example of modern-day automotive journalism when Autocar claimed last week that the ‘Lotus Esprit was close to fruition’. This ‘news’ was then picked up by 124 outlets (I’ll save them the embarrassment of being named) and the smoke and mirrors seemed back in place.. until DRB’s Chairman sent them a wake-up call with yesterday’s statement.
    During the past 25 years I’ve advised some of the largest corporations around the world, and my job, if you like, has been to cut through all the corporate bullshit and determine what’s really going on – I’m known for being a fixer rather than a diplomat. So perhaps the most disappointing part of this Lotus saga has been the misinformation that’s served only to damage the long-term prospects of the company rather than save it.
    Put simply, I was originally called in by Lotus to draw attention to their plight (following DRB’s acquisition by Proton) and convey the urgency for a decision to be reached about their future. The (considerable) risk the business faced was losing the previous 18 months hard-work and investment, including the skills and support of some very talented people that former-CEO Dany Bahar had brought in to support the company’s turnaround.
    Since Lotus was first acquired by Proton in 1996, it’s been a titillating side-order on the Malaysian company’s corporate menu. What Bahar understood, although we may still question his methods, is that Lotus has to earn its strategic independence if it’s ever to compete with the might of Ferrari, Porsche or Aston Martin.
    But Lotus isn’t just competing within the automotive markets, it’s also competing for capital on the financial markets and while the company has been spinning its tyres these past nine months, those financial markets have been seeing an asset being devalued – losing customers, the goodwill of suppliers and the confidence of its automotive partners.
    Nobody in my line of work is under any illusion that the company is now worth considerably less than it was at the beginning of this year, and now DRB-Hicom is thinking ‘seriously’ about disposing of the hors d’œuvre which has given them such a bad case of financial indigestion.
    While DRB-Hicom desperately needs to reduce its debts, Lotus requires significant investment just to stay afloat, with little chance of a return on such investment in the next 5-8 years. This was precisely the case when DRB-Hicom acquired Proton earlier in the year, so it’s somewhat puzzling to find it’s only just realising this now.
    Back in 2011, both Lotus and Aston Martin were pitching to the financial markets for capital to help fuel their growth, but it was Lotus who secured the money which would see them compete for a seat on the world stage.
    Now with such uncertainty over its future, investors have realised Gaydon would be a much safer place for their money than Hethel, leaving Lotus out in the cold.
    This could all have been avoided had DRB-Hicom understood the market Lotus was in, and then nurtured the sports car maker’s reputation rather than hiding their plans (or lack thereof) behind a veil of secrecy.
    Which brings me back to the earlier point about the media’s complicity in such a ruse. True journalism should be about rooting out the truth and telling both sides of a story, but I fear that with such a partisan agenda the real potential of Lotus has been squandered.
    DRB-Hicom officials have said they intend to announce more details on the company’s plans for Proton by end of this month, when an update may also be forthcoming on the fate of Lotus.
    Let’s see how the media ‘spin’ this one..

    http://skiddmark.com/2012/11/drb-hicom-chairman-confirms-lotus-is-not-safe-and-considers-its-disposal/

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