By Jonathan Davies

Sports car manufacturer Lotus has reported a 55% rise in sales - its strongest performance since the financial crisis.

The Norfolk based firm 2,015 in its 2014 financial year, up from 1,296 in 2013.

They are Lotus' first results since it went through a major restructuring project announced in September which saw around a quarter of its entire workforce made redundant.

Lotus, known for its small, lightweight sports cars said it saw huge growth of sales in the UK, Europe and Asia. Sales more than doubled in the UK, Japan, China, France, Germany and Luxembourg. Sales in Luxembourg nearly quadrupled, although it only rose from four to 14.

Japan overtook the US as Lotus' biggest market, with sales more than doubling from 180 to 365. The UK sits in second with 346 cars sold.

Lotus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales, said: This positive result is something that we have not witnessed at Lotus for many years. We are meeting both time and budget deadlines. Yet, we appreciate that we still have hard work to do to maintain the progress.

“The reason that we are making such vital headway lies in our employees’ commitment to avoid delays in project deliveries and I am immensely pleased with the cultural changes that have been effected by our staff across the whole of Lotus.”