- Promotion follows two years of working with the LTCC team
- Matthew responsible for acclaimed interior of all-new Lotus Eletre Hyper-SUV
- He brings experience from some of the world’s most recognised premium brands
Coventry, UK – 10 January 2023
Lotus has announced the appointment of Matthew Hill as Head of Interior Design at the Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Coventry, UK.
Matthew’s promotion comes after two years with the LTCC interiors team, where he was responsible for delivering the acclaimed interior of the all-new Lotus Eletre Hyper-SUV.
The LTCC studio – led by Ben Payne, Chief Creative Officer – continues to take the lead on creating the exciting range of all-new, all-electric lifestyle cars at Lotus. It works in close collaboration with the sports car design team at Hethel, led by Russell Carr, Design Director.
At LTCC Matthew strengthens an ever-growing international creative team, where diverse minds come together to design Lotus’ all-electric lifestyle vehicle range and continue to influence world-class creativity and innovation across Group Lotus.
Before re-joining Lotus in 2020, Matthew held design leadership roles at Aston Martin and Ford Advanced, bringing a wealth of creative experience from some of the world’s most recognised premium brands.
Matthew commented: ‘’Having started my career at Lotus in the late 1990s it feels great to be back. The brand’s investment and commitment to innovation is relentless, and it’s a hugely exciting time to be involved as we move to an all-electric future.”
Ben Payne added: “Matthew has a great balance of production experience and a creative mindset. His appointment will help us to continue to move the brand forwards. Matthew has already been instrumental in the creation of the Eletre interior, which is one of the most progressive design statements in the market. We can’t wait for the world to see the exciting projects we create next.”
Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global HQ for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, Lotus Advanced Performance and the iconic 2.2-mile test track. Lotus Cars builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar. In March 2022 Lotus revealed the Eletre, the world’s first all-electric hyper-SUV. Customer deliveries will begin in 2023. An all-electric sports car (codenamed Lotus Type 135) is currently being designed and engineered at Hethel.
Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive consultancy services to many of the world’s OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. It is internationally recognised for its long-standing contribution to ground-breaking engineering and innovative vehicle development. Its expertise extends beyond automotive; in August 2021 a Lotus Engineering-developed track bike helped Team GB’s cyclists win seven medals, including three golds, at the Tokyo Olympics. An international consultancy with offices around the world, Lotus Engineering is headquartered at the Lotus Advanced Technology Centre on the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne Campus in the UK.
Lotus Tech is an affiliate company of Group Lotus, established as part of the Vision80 strategy that was launched in 2018. Its European sites include Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Coventry, UK, and Lotus Tech Innovation Centre (LTIC) in Raunheim, Germany. Lotus Tech is dedicated to delivering smart lifestyle battery electric vehicles (BEVs) such as the Eletre. Lotus Tech is focused on R&D in next-generation automobility technologies such as electrification, digitalisation and more. In addition to the Lotus Eletre, Lotus Tech plans to launch further BEV models including a sports sedan (Type 133) another SUV (Type 134) and more, as Vision80 reaches maturity in 2028.
Group Lotus is either the parent company of or affiliated with the above. In 2017, Geely Holding Group, one of the fastest growing automotive groups in the world, acquired a 51% stake in Group Lotus. The other 49% is owned by Etika Automotive, a Malaysian conglomerate.