Jinhua Neoplan Vehicle Co Ltd has agreed with Malaysian Proton Holdings Berhad to co-build two sports cars under the Lotus brand and put them on sale at the end of the year, said sources from Jinhua Neoplan.
Jinhua Neoplan has remained low key about its cooperation with the British brand. It has also played down the fact that it helped build the exhibition platform for three Lotus vehicles, the Europa, the Gen-2, and a multi-purpose vehicle, at the Beijing Auto Show last year and spurred speculation that the two cars to debut later this year may be those exhibited, the Europa and the Gen-2.
Jinhua Neoplan's production base in Jinan, Shandong Province, will be turning out 150,000 cars annually.
The full text is available in the August Issue ofAutoChina.