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29th July 2005

New Dealership Appointed in the Netherlands

NEWS RELEASE

Lotus Cars, the sportscar division of Group Lotus plc, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Lotus dealership franchise in the Netherlands:
Hessing's Autobedrijven b.v
Proost Wetering 53
3543 Utrecht
Netherlands

The contract with leading Dutch car dealer group, Hessing was signed this week. Lotus will be housed in a new 5,300 square meters facility in Utrecht. This showroom, which includes showrooms and workshops over three floors, will be officially opened on 22nd September 2005.
In the meantime Hessing will be representing the Lotus brand at the “Monaco at Maas” in Rotterdam, on 07th August 2005. Mr. Renaud Gasc, General Manager of Lotus Cars -Europe, said: “I would like to welcome Hessing to the Lotus brand. This new dealership will enable us to grow the Dutch market for Lotus both with the current Elise and Exige range of sportcars and the forthcoming future products to be launched over the next few years. Holland is a very important market for Lotus and we are delighted to team up with such a professional organisation to help introduce the Lotus brand to more fans, enthusiasts and keen drivers.”

Mr. Jan Groen, Managing Director of Hessing, “We are delighted to take on the Lotus franchise in Utrecht. Lotus will join our other prestige marques Lamborghini, Bentley, Maserati and Rolls Royce, so our new showroom will house all five marques creating a fabulous centre for sports and luxury cars.”

Hessing will be Lotus’s second dealership group in the Netherlands. Van der Kooi Sportscars, which has successfully represented Lotus for many years with facilities in both Amsterdam and Lochem, will continue with its Lotus franchises.