Europestar (Chinese: 欧洲明星, pinyin: ōuzhōu míngxīng) is a Chinese automotive sub-brand of the British Lotus Group plc. The brand is the result of the joint-venture with the Chinese Jinhua Youngman Vehicle Co., Ltd. The brand was also known as Qingnian Kuaile(Chinese: 青年快乐(莲花), pinyin: qīngnián (liánhuā) or English: Youngman (Lotus).
The vehicles are manufactured in the prefecture-level city of Jinhua. The brand name is only used for export models. The Chinese homeland units are branded as Lotus Cars (Chinese: 莲花汽车, pinyin: liánhuā qìchē). The actual British sports cars of the Lotus brand are imported by the company and retain its UK original logo. In addition, the sport models are marketed under the differentiated heading of Lotus Sports Cars (Chinese: 莲花跑车, pinyin: liánhuā pǎochē).
The RCR (based on the Proton Gen-2) and Jingyue (a Proton Persona) were shown under the new respective names of Lotus L3 5-door and L3 4-door at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. At the same time the larger L5 sedan and liftback, developed by Lotus Group, had its premier.
莲花 L3 三厢 (莲花竞速)
Lotus L3 Hatchback (JingSu, RCR)
Europestar L3 Hatchback
莲花 L3 两厢 (莲花竞悦)
Lotus L3 Sedan (JingYue)
Europestar L3 Sedan
- "Youngman Europestar Lotus L5 launched in Beijing", Paul Tan's Automotive News, April 25, 2010, retrieved January 15, 2019