Group Lotus’s new Malaysian-based owner, DRB-Hicom, is actively seeking a Chinese buyer for the troubled engineering group and sports car maker, according to the South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.


Bacon, whose constituency covers Lotus’s Hethel headquarters, 10 miles south of Norwich, says he understands global business consultancy KPMG has been retained as a “corporate salesman” to find a new owner for Lotus. He says the bombshell revelation emerged in last night “just before” an hour-long parliamentary debate on Lotus’s future began at 9pm. The debate was attended by MPs from neighbouring constituencies and Mark Prisk, minister of state for business, innovation and skills responded on behalf of the government.


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