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Lotus plans new car plant in China

A Lotus 3-Eleven 430 Credit: Lotus Cars

Norfolk sports car maker Lotus has submitted plans to build a new billion pound factory in China.

The car firm, which is owned by the Chinese company Geeley, has selected a site in Wuhan in central China.

It's believed the new factory could be used to produce a new model range of SUV type vehicles.

A Lotus Evora GT410 Credit: Lotus Cars

"Lotus Cars is undergoing an exciting resurgence with the backing of Geely, and expanding the brand's manufacturing footprint globally is a key part of the company's strategy. The home of Lotus sportscar manufacturing and engineering is the company's Hethel headquarters in Norfolk... Details on additional locations and models will be confirmed in due course."

– Lotus Cars

Lotus recently announced that it has returned its best global retail sales since 2011 with 1,630 cars sold worldwide in 2018, up 2% on the figures for 2017.