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Lotus, Spyker strengthen ties

2008-05-14 08:07
Niche motor manufacturers Spyker and Lotus have signed a cooperation agreement that will see them sharing parts, components and platforms in future products to further reduce costs.

Spyker's forthcoming C8 Aileron will be the first to benefit from the new agreement and will ride on a Lotus platform.

Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars said, "Our company has had a very fruitful cooperation with Lotus, developed over the past four years.

"Spyker and Lotus have now come to the conclusion that they need to intensify their cooperation to the point that we intend to share parts and platforms, as well as an agreement on the supply of parts.

"Moreover, Lotus Engineering has become Spyker's preferred contractor in respect of a number of engineering projects related to the Spyker C8 Aileron and the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris."

The two companies have already worked on various projects in the last four years, but the latest agreement will see Lotus become more involved in the design and development of Spyker products.

Lotus Cars CEO Michael Kimberley added, "We look forward to working with Spyker to expand our global business opportunities, projects and interests for our mutually synergistic Products and Technologies.

"Lotus Engineering has a great heritage and solid track record in developing innovative solutions for clients and we look forward to using Lotus' advanced light weight vehicle know-how and vehicle dynamics technology to enable Spyker to establish itself as a dynamic premium automotive player."

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