No laughing – This is the Lotus L5
Published July 6, 2010
Proton entered China in a CKD re-branding exercise that saw certain Proton models sold in the Chinese market via a tie up with the bus maker Youngman which ultimately produced the Europestar brand. Initially vehicles, such as the Gen2 Racer model were sold in China as imports which were sent from Malaysia in kit form and then assembled in China.
Initially the cars were sold under Youngmans Europestar brand, but Youngman later realized the value of the Lotus brand which was put on the back of every car for a small royalty fee to Lotus. Lotus were apparently working with Youngman on more Chinese developed cars, the first of which was the Lotus L5 sedan which was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show and has since been spotted out testing:
On the power front, the L5 will get the CamPro CPS engine, which is a 1.6L block producing 93Kw and 150Nm of torque. On the looks front, the L5 wont be winning any prizes. On the pricing side of things, the L5 is expected to be cheap.