Geely Begins Construction Of New Lotus Assembly Plant In China

Geely has started building a $1.3 billion assembly plant for its high-end brands, including Lotus, in Wuhan, China.

The Wuhan factory is set to become the British brand’s first factory outside the United Kingdom. Geely estimates that the new facility will begin vehicle production in two years, having a capacity of 150,000 ICE and electrified vehicles per year.

So far Geely hasn’t announced which other brands are going to be using the new factory in Wuhan, aside from Lotus, AutoNews reports.

Geely Holding Group has bought a 49.9 percent stake in Proton in 2017. Under the same deal, the Chinese auto giant also got a 51 percent stake in Lotus from the Malaysian car maker.

Premium brands in Geely’s portfolio include Volvo, Lynk & Co and the now standalone Polestar; all three of them could get a portion of the capacity offered by Geely’s new Chinese factory.

For years, Lotus has been rumored to be working on its first-ever SUV model, which is expected to be produced in China. However, the British brand’s new CEO has been keeping any crossover-related information to himself, focusing instead into the DNA of Lotus, which is of course sports cars.

In fact the new Lotus boss has already confirmed that a new sports car is coming in 2020, which is expected to be based on a “heavily revised” version of the Evora’s aluminum platform. This will be the first new Lotus since the company was bought by Geely, with the all-new Elise, Exige and Evora to follow in 2022 or 2023.

more photos...
  • EyalN

    you forgot that Geely largest shareholder of mercedes. they will probebly will build Mercedes cars in that factory

Ferrari’s Hybrid Supercar Will Feature Three Electric Motors On Top Of The Biturbo V8

A 0-62mph in 2.0 seconds is also rumored, along with a €600,000 starting price.

New Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Breaks Cover And Nordschleife’s FWD Lap Record With A 7:40.10

The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R is the fastest-ever FWD production car at the Nurburgring.

BMW M2 CS To Have About 450 HP And Adaptive Suspension

The BMW M2 CS will get a pumped-up engine from the M3 and M4.

Fast & Furious Russian City Driver Understeers Head-On Into Multiple Cars

It appears as though the driver at fault may have rolled over following the initial impact.

This Nissan GT-R’s Unique Cabin Comes Courtesy Of Carlex Design

The cabin of this Nissan GT-R features blood red leather with black inserts, ambient lighting and plenty more.

Chevrolet Is Making Sure Teen Drivers Will Always Buckle Up

Chevy’s Buckle to Drive system will force teen drivers to fasten their seat belts.

Rivian R1T And R1S To Be Offered In Australia

The Rivian R1T and R1S could prove perfect for the rugged terrain found Down Under.

Toyota Granvia Is A HiAce-Based Luxury Minivan For Australia

A replacement for the Tarago, the new Granvia will arrive Down Under in the fourth quarter of 2019.

New Audi Q5 55 TFSI E Quattro Is A 362 HP PHEV

The plug-in hybrid Q5 has an electric driving range of more than 40 km (26 miles).

Next-Gen BMW i8 Could Go Fully Electric, Challenge Tesla Roadster

BMW officials are reportedly debating the future of the i8 and it appears the model could switch to an electric powertrain.