The Truth About Cars » Dany Bahar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 17:30:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Project M1-11: The Story Of The Lotus Elise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/project-m1-11-the-story-of-the-lotus-elise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/project-m1-11-the-story-of-the-lotus-elise/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:47:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=636545 Michael Banovsky of RM Auctions has been on a MK1 Lotus Elise kick. And why not? Canada’s more relaxed importation laws mean that owning a MK1 is a legal proposition, and the lucky guy has got the resources of one of the world’s best auction houses at his disposal.   Banovsky decided to pass on […]

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Michael Banovsky of RM Auctions has been on a MK1 Lotus Elise kick. And why not? Canada’s more relaxed importation laws mean that owning a MK1 is a legal proposition, and the lucky guy has got the resources of one of the world’s best auction houses at his disposal.   Banovsky decided to pass on […]

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Justification for Higher Education, the Erosion of the Enthusiast Market, and Wholesome Whoring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/justification-for-higher-education-the-erosion-of-the-enthusiast-market-and-wholesome-whoring/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/justification-for-higher-education-the-erosion-of-the-enthusiast-market-and-wholesome-whoring/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:10:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=504729   I still remember the day my parents bought me a copy of the iconic Justification for Higher Education poster.  I had been nagging them for a while, and when I finally got the poster, it took immediate pride of place in my childhood bedroom.  Having matured, I recognize now that the imagery depicts a […]

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  I still remember the day my parents bought me a copy of the iconic Justification for Higher Education poster.  I had been nagging them for a while, and when I finally got the poster, it took immediate pride of place in my childhood bedroom.  Having matured, I recognize now that the imagery depicts a […]

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Automobile Magazine’s Must-Read Essay On The Future Of Lotus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/automobile-magazine-essay-on-lotus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/automobile-magazine-essay-on-lotus/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:30:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465611 Ben Oliver’s essay in Automobile Magazine might be the best one I’ve read on Lotus and their existential predicament. While my own pieces are full of vitriol and cursing, Ben’s eloquent prose outlines the brand’s biggest problem; lacking the necessary volumes, they need to take advantage of economies of scale and high margins to survive […]

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Ben Oliver’s essay in Automobile Magazine might be the best one I’ve read on Lotus and their existential predicament. While my own pieces are full of vitriol and cursing, Ben’s eloquent prose outlines the brand’s biggest problem; lacking the necessary volumes, they need to take advantage of economies of scale and high margins to survive […]

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Lotus Owes Suppliers Nearly $37 Million http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/lotus-owes-suppliers-nearly-37-million/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/lotus-owes-suppliers-nearly-37-million/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:55:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463241 A report in The Independent revealed that Lotus owes supplies nearly $37 million and has even asked for tax payment deferments to help manage its cash flow. The Independent paints a picture of parent company DRB-Hicom having to clean up the mess left by the former management team employed by Lotus. “DRB-Hicom, the owner of the […]

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A report in The Independent revealed that Lotus owes supplies nearly $37 million and has even asked for tax payment deferments to help manage its cash flow. The Independent paints a picture of parent company DRB-Hicom having to clean up the mess left by the former management team employed by Lotus. “DRB-Hicom, the owner of the […]

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This Week In Auto “Journalism”: Reports Of The Esprit’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/this-week-in-auto-journalism-reports-of-the-esprits-demise-are-greatly-exaggerated/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/this-week-in-auto-journalism-reports-of-the-esprits-demise-are-greatly-exaggerated/#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:01:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462777 With no less than three outlets reporting on the supposed death of the Lotus Esprit yesterday, one could be forgiven in thinking that Lotus was jettisoning the last of the Danny Bahar era and returning back to its roots as a maker of pure, uncompromising sports cars. It turns out that the reputable news outlets that reported […]

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With no less than three outlets reporting on the supposed death of the Lotus Esprit yesterday, one could be forgiven in thinking that Lotus was jettisoning the last of the Danny Bahar era and returning back to its roots as a maker of pure, uncompromising sports cars. It turns out that the reputable news outlets that reported […]

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Bahar Bites Back, Sues Lotus For $10 Million http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/bahar-bites-back-sues-lotus-for-10-million/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/bahar-bites-back-sues-lotus-for-10-million/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:19:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458105 Dany Bahar, the disgraced former CEO of the money-losing British sportscar maker Lotus, sued Lotus and its Malaysian parent DRB-Hicom for wrongful dismissal. According to Bloomberg, Bahar wants 6.7 million pounds ($10.6 million) from Lotus for alleged unlawful early termination of his employment. The media got wind of the lawsuit after  DRB-Hicom made a filing […]

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Dany Bahar, the disgraced former CEO of the money-losing British sportscar maker Lotus, sued Lotus and its Malaysian parent DRB-Hicom for wrongful dismissal. According to Bloomberg, Bahar wants 6.7 million pounds ($10.6 million) from Lotus for alleged unlawful early termination of his employment. The media got wind of the lawsuit after  DRB-Hicom made a filing […]

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Dany Bahar’s Lotus Esprit For Sale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/dany-bahars-lotus-esprit-for-sale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/dany-bahars-lotus-esprit-for-sale/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:21:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457806 Perhaps the final nail in the coffin for the Dany Bahar-era of Lotus; the company is auctioning off his 2003 Esprit, which was restored with a fresh engine, paint job and interior. A Brembo/AP braking system, a center exit exhaust and a bigger spoiler are among the unique touches on this 36,000 mile cream puff. […]

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Perhaps the final nail in the coffin for the Dany Bahar-era of Lotus; the company is auctioning off his 2003 Esprit, which was restored with a fresh engine, paint job and interior. A Brembo/AP braking system, a center exit exhaust and a bigger spoiler are among the unique touches on this 36,000 mile cream puff. […]

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Lotus Scales Back New Model Development Amid Bahar Departure http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/lotus-scales-back-new-model-development-amid-bahar-departure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/lotus-scales-back-new-model-development-amid-bahar-departure/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:38:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454343 Lotus’ new owner, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom, has revised their future model plans, reducing the scale of former CEO Dany Bahar’s ambitious 5-car lineup. According to an investment analyst interviewed by Malaysian media outlet The Star, Lotus will cut back their new model plans from 5 nameplates to 3, but that the strategy was still being […]

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Lotus’ new owner, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom, has revised their future model plans, reducing the scale of former CEO Dany Bahar’s ambitious 5-car lineup. According to an investment analyst interviewed by Malaysian media outlet The Star, Lotus will cut back their new model plans from 5 nameplates to 3, but that the strategy was still being […]

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Lotus Pulls Out Of Paris Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/lotus-pulls-out-of-paris-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/lotus-pulls-out-of-paris-auto-show/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:21:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452802 Two years after Lotus presented a grandiose, multi-car lineup at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the company will not be participating in this years festivities at the Porte De Versailles. The absence of Lotus at the Paris show isn’t necessarily a sign of their downfall in the post-Bahar era. Lotus put on a large exhibit […]

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Two years after Lotus presented a grandiose, multi-car lineup at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the company will not be participating in this years festivities at the Porte De Versailles. The absence of Lotus at the Paris show isn’t necessarily a sign of their downfall in the post-Bahar era. Lotus put on a large exhibit […]

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Sorry Folks, Dany Bahar Was On The Right Track, Even If You Hated Him http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/sorry-folks-dany-bahar-was-on-the-right-track-even-if-you-hated-him/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/sorry-folks-dany-bahar-was-on-the-right-track-even-if-you-hated-him/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 18:12:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447919 My biggest fear with the seemingly inevitable departure of Dany Bahar was having to read the contempt and gloating of the automotive media’s self-appointed product and management experts, whereby they claim vindication for shitting on Dany Bahar’s vision to do something about Lotus and their lack of profitability and his desecration of sacred “brand values”. This time […]

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My biggest fear with the seemingly inevitable departure of Dany Bahar was having to read the contempt and gloating of the automotive media’s self-appointed product and management experts, whereby they claim vindication for shitting on Dany Bahar’s vision to do something about Lotus and their lack of profitability and his desecration of sacred “brand values”. This time […]

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Dany Bahar Fired Effective Immediately http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/dany-bahar-fired-effective-immediately/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/dany-bahar-fired-effective-immediately/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:06:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447901   Dany Bahar has been dismissed effective immediately by Group Lotus following an investigation into Bahar’s spending practices. “The decision was made by the board of Group Lotus plc following the results of an investigation into a complaint made against him by the company’s penultimate holding company, DRB-HICOM Berhad.” Bahar was under scrutiny for charging […]

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  Dany Bahar has been dismissed effective immediately by Group Lotus following an investigation into Bahar’s spending practices. “The decision was made by the board of Group Lotus plc following the results of an investigation into a complaint made against him by the company’s penultimate holding company, DRB-HICOM Berhad.” Bahar was under scrutiny for charging […]

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Was DRB-Hicom’s “Due Diligence” The Beginning And The End For Dany Bahar And Lotus? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/was-drb-hicoms-due-diligence-the-beginning-and-the-end-for-dany-bahar-and-lotus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/was-drb-hicoms-due-diligence-the-beginning-and-the-end-for-dany-bahar-and-lotus/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447727 Lotus CEO Dany Bahar’s 14 day suspension is set to expire on Monday. We have no idea what will happen next. He may get the boot, taking his ambitious five-year product plan with him. Or he may not. Putting the pieces together since Lotus was taken over by DRB-Hicom has painted an interesting picture, while […]

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Lotus CEO Dany Bahar’s 14 day suspension is set to expire on Monday. We have no idea what will happen next. He may get the boot, taking his ambitious five-year product plan with him. Or he may not. Putting the pieces together since Lotus was taken over by DRB-Hicom has painted an interesting picture, while […]

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Yup, Dany Bahar Suspended From Lotus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/yup-dany-bahar-suspended-from-lotus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/yup-dany-bahar-suspended-from-lotus/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 17:13:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446100 A news story from a UK-based paper in Norfolk confirmed that Dany Bahar was suspended from Lotus following a “complaint about his conduct”. Bahar has been temporarily replaced by represenatives from DRB-Hicom, parent company of Lotus and Proton. The news item is rather vague, and makes no mention of whether Bahar’s conduct involved business practices […]

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A news story from a UK-based paper in Norfolk confirmed that Dany Bahar was suspended from Lotus following a “complaint about his conduct”. Bahar has been temporarily replaced by represenatives from DRB-Hicom, parent company of Lotus and Proton. The news item is rather vague, and makes no mention of whether Bahar’s conduct involved business practices […]

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Malaysian Blogger Tweets About Dany Bahar’s “Suspension” From Lotus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/malaysian-blogger-tweets-about-dany-bahars-suspension-from-lotus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/malaysian-blogger-tweets-about-dany-bahars-suspension-from-lotus/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 14:25:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446074 This is all we’ve got, but we’ll be keeping an eye on things…everyone grab the popcorn.

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This is all we’ve got, but we’ll be keeping an eye on things…everyone grab the popcorn.

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In A World Gone Mad, Lotus Publishes Angry Facebook Screed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/in-a-world-gone-mad-lotus-publishes-angry-facebook-screed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/in-a-world-gone-mad-lotus-publishes-angry-facebook-screed/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:15:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439376 Thank god for social media. Not only does it subject me to the various armchair CEOs and their plans for the future of Lotus, but it also alerts me to when an unknown Lotus PR wag goes completely off the reservation, and publishes a hate-filled invective on Facebook that looks like an angst-filled letter penned […]

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Thank god for social media. Not only does it subject me to the various armchair CEOs and their plans for the future of Lotus, but it also alerts me to when an unknown Lotus PR wag goes completely off the reservation, and publishes a hate-filled invective on Facebook that looks like an angst-filled letter penned […]

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Lotus And Mansory Team Up In World’s Most Vulgar Alliance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/lotus-and-mansory-team-up-in-worlds-most-vulgar-alliance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/lotus-and-mansory-team-up-in-worlds-most-vulgar-alliance/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:25:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436639 A year ago, I penned a passionate defense of the new direction that was being taken by Lotus. In the piece, I chastised enthusiasts for their armchair criticism of Lotus management and their resistance to bringing out new vehicle to replace the nearly two decade old Elise (which would hit that mark by the time […]

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A year ago, I penned a passionate defense of the new direction that was being taken by Lotus. In the piece, I chastised enthusiasts for their armchair criticism of Lotus management and their resistance to bringing out new vehicle to replace the nearly two decade old Elise (which would hit that mark by the time […]

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Lotus Suspends Development Of New Models Due To Pending Proton Sale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/lotus-suspends-development-of-new-models-due-to-pending-proton-sale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/lotus-suspends-development-of-new-models-due-to-pending-proton-sale/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:49:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434843 As one of the few people who doesn’t hate the direction Lotus is going in, the news that development of Lotus’ entire lineup has been suspended is disheartening. It seems that the Malaysian government is looking to unload their stake in Proton, parent company of Lotus. Malaysian takeover laws stipulate a three month “lockdown” on […]

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As one of the few people who doesn’t hate the direction Lotus is going in, the news that development of Lotus’ entire lineup has been suspended is disheartening. It seems that the Malaysian government is looking to unload their stake in Proton, parent company of Lotus. Malaysian takeover laws stipulate a three month “lockdown” on […]

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Quote Of The Day: The “Authentic” Rolling Chassis Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/quote-of-the-day-the-authentic-rolling-chassis-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/quote-of-the-day-the-authentic-rolling-chassis-edition/#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399474 It’s one thing for a sportscar brand like Lotus to shrug off the self-destructive iconoclasm of its most hard-core “fans,” but it’s quite another thing for its chief executive to take a piss on the entire supercar market while describing the downpour as “authentic, cloud-filtered Alpen raindrops.” To wit, the following bit of nonsense found […]

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It’s one thing for a sportscar brand like Lotus to shrug off the self-destructive iconoclasm of its most hard-core “fans,” but it’s quite another thing for its chief executive to take a piss on the entire supercar market while describing the downpour as “authentic, cloud-filtered Alpen raindrops.” To wit, the following bit of nonsense found […]

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