The Chinese have found a new designer for LotusFebruary 1, 2019
Briton Wayne Burgess, who previously worked at Jaguar Land Rover, will head the engineering and design center Geely Design UK, where new models of the brands Lotus, Proton, Lynk & Co, LEVC and Geely will be developed.
Geely continues to strengthen its international design team under the leadership of the now legendary Briton Peter Horbury. In 2017, when the Chinese company acquired the Lotus and Proton brands, it decided to build a new engineering and design center in Coventry (UK), already the fifth in a row – similar centers exist in the Swedish Gothenburg (the Volvo brand also belongs to Geely), the Chinese Shanghai, the Spanish city of Barcelona and the US state of California, more than 900 people work in them, about a hundred more will be hired for the center in Coventry.
It is said – done, and now the new structure needs someone to lead. The chief was found in the neighborhood, at the headquarters of Jaguar Land Rover: Wayne Burgess since 2001 has been responsible for the design of the Jaguars, and, for example, the most beautiful Jaguar F-Type came from under his pen. In the period from 1999 to 2001, Burgess worked at Aston Martin, so it’s unlikely that he would be forced to draw phlegmatic LEVC taxis (London Electric Vehicle Company) or low-cost Malaysian Protons with such experience, but God himself ordered the Lotus to deal with such a master.
Recall that under the wing of Geely, the Lotus brand expects a real rebirth and transformation into a full-fledged competitor to Ferrari and Porsche. In the coming years, the Lotus model range will be fully updated and expanded, in particular, a crossover and an electric hypercar, known so far under the codename Omega (by the way, Williams Advanced Engineering specialists have connected, by the way, are expected). Some of the new products will be manufactured at a new plant in China, and a factory in Hetele’s home will be upgraded.
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