Lotus Cars USA (LCU), based currently in Lawrenceville, Georgia, will co-locate to Lotus Engineering (LEI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The automaker said: "This will ensure that both divisions can grow their individual operations, while benefiting from improved efficiency through sharing a number of business functions. This co-location is expected to be completed by the end of July 2015."

Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said: "North America, as the largest sports car market in the world, is important for Lotus, both for model sales and for our engineering consultancy business. By having both of our US organisations located in Michigan, we shall be within the heartland of the US automotive sector, where the headquarters of some of the most important, influential and significant automotive manufacturers and suppliers are based.

"This will reaffirm our presence in the North American market by providing improved customer service, better technical and consultancy support, while ensuring that we have access to a skills base not found anywhere else in the territory. All of this fits with Lotus developing speedily in North America in years to come."