Lotus Appoints New Design Chief

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Lotus has appointed Russell Carr its new head of design, a man who has been with the firm since 1990 and whose most notable design is probably that of the Evora sports car. Carr replaces Donato Coco, a former Ferrari designer that has been running the studio in Hethel since 2009. It’s not clear where Coco is headed but we know his last day with the British sports car brand will be October 31, 2014.

“I would like to welcome Russell to the role,” Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said in a statement. “Russell has a proven track-record of producing distinctive and compelling designs for Lotus over the years and is perfectly positioned to lead the Lotus design team in the future.”

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In his statement, Gales also thanked Coco for his work over the past five years and wished him well in his future ventures.

One of Carr’s first tasks will likely be to oversee the design for a major update to the Evora, a car he originally penned. The updated Evora is expected to be introduced for the 2016 model year and will see some new variants launched, including possibly a convertible.

Over the next couple of years, Carr and his team will update the Elise and Exige line of cars, and in between he’ll likely be working on proposals for some mainstream Lotus models like a sedan or SUV.

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