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Jean-Marc Gales joined Lotus as Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc in May 2014. Gales, a Luxembourgian, holds a MSc in Management from London's Imperial College, and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.

A known industry player, Gales has held several significant positions with numerous global automotive manufacturers including President of Automobiles Citroen and Automobiles Peugeot and a number of senior positions in Daimler AG, General Motors and Volkswagen AG.

A lifelong Lotus fan, Jean-Marc Gales recalls being taken to the Lotus dealer in Luxembourg by his father and names the Lotus Elite, unveiled in 1974 as his favourite Lotus from his childhood. He firmly believes that "the only way to make a sports car better is to make it lighter and faster".


Defining Lotus is one of the simplest things in the world. Everything we do revolves around reaching the lowest common denominators of lightness, allied to strength but created with simplicity in mind.

The company ethos revolves around enhancement, refinement and accessibility. If these elements can be determined as natural, liveable and viable, then a Lotus product results. Whether you are looking at the motorcars that are produced at our home factory in Norfolk, or the advanced engineering that has been commissioned by the international clients of Lotus, over the years, a pure and simple outcome is invariably the prerequisite and always what we deliver.

Of course, you will describe us in many ways. From cool and collected, to racy and radical. However, you, as people who are smart, witty, intelligent and single-minded, define us. Those are the qualities that have formed Lotus, right from its earliest days in Colin Chapman’s North London lockup, to its current status, as one of the world’s most highly regarded and famous sportscar brands.

British to the core, despite its history, we do not waste time reflecting in the past of Lotus. We maintain passionately the lightness of being that is central to all that we carry out. Whether you look at a lotus blossom, or partake of the lotus position, you can draw parallels with us. Our agility and flexibility, lack of compromise, sense of purpose, style and technological stance are all ring-fenced by a sense of levity. You love us and we love what we do. That is Lotus. Purposeful and simple.


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After its successful launch in the summer of 2015 and collecting the first enthusiastic feedback from the international press, Lotus marks the Auto Zurich Car Show 2015 with the Swiss debut of the new and highly anticipated Evora 400. Supported by the Lotus dealers Kumschick Sports Cars AG (in Schotz) Lotus West AG (in St. Gallen) and Pfenninger Autos AG (in Zumikon), Lotus will also exhibit two versions of the Elise, the 20th Anniversary edition and the 220 Cup and from the Exige range, the S Cup and the S complete the five car line-up on the Lotus stand in Hall 3. Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, said: “Switzerland is a very important market for Lotus. We have always had a great following and good sales in this country and with the launch of the new Evora 400 and the active dealers such as the three supporting this show we are confident our new model will be a sales success and contribute further to the growth in the region.” With over 60,000 visitors last year, the Auto Zurich Car Show is the biggest automotive show in the German speaking part of Switzerland and the second biggest in the country behind the Geneva Motorshow. Automotive enthusiasts travel from all over Europe to see the latest models from premium automotive manufacturers such as Lotus. Running over four days inside the Messe Zürich exhibition centre, the Auto Zurich Car Show 2015 provides the perfect platform to showcase the new critically acclaimed model from Lotus to an expectant audience.

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The 2016 Lotus Cup Europe provisional calendar has been released, and the FIA International Series will visit Germany, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom to form a championship consisting of seven of the continent’s greatest circuits. Once again, the calendar includes several prestigious meetings, starting with the Jim Clark Revival weekend at Hockenheim in April. The championship then heads to France, for its first ever visit to Paul Ricard and the first of three events supporting the popular FIA European Truck Racing Championship. Lotus Cup Europe visits Silverstone for the first time in June, and will join forces with another legendary British sports car marque on the MG Live bill – the world’s biggest MG event. The championship will also headline the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch in August. The summer schedule includes a return to Spa-Francorchamps in July, supporting the Fun Cup 25 Hour race, with a second Belgian event in September. This fixture will coincide with two consecutive Truck Racing events, with the FIA Truck Grand Prix at Zolder followed by a triple-header at the Le Mans 24 Heures Camions in October. As with the last two seasons, the 2016 championship is likely to be decided at the Le Mans event, after a hugely successful debut on the bill earlier this month in front of 55,000 spectators. The seasoncloser will coincide with the finals weekend for the FIA European Truck Racing Championship and French Truck Racing Championship. The championship will once again have full TV coverage on Motors TV. Lotus Cup Europe 2016 provisional calendar* 15-17 April Hockenheim – Hockenheim Historic 14-15 May Paul Ricard – Grand-Prix Camions du Castellet (3 Races) 4-5 June Silverstone GP – MG Live 7-9 July Spa Francorchamps - 25 Hour Fun Cup 27-28 August Brands Hatch GP – Lotus Festival 16-18 September Zolder – FIA Truck Grand-Prix 8-9 October Le Mans – 24 Heures Camions (3 Races) *subject to final approval from the FIA

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