• Jul 10, 2009
As General Motors was stumbling toward insolvency earlier this year and it became clear that the presidential task force was going to require some heads to roll, Bob Lutz announced his retirement at the end of this year. Now that the "New" General Motors has emerged from bankruptcy, it appears Lutz wants to keep his commitment to drive the first production Chevy Volt off the line in 2010.
The first stage of Lutz's retirement involved relinquishing his duties as product development chief last April to Tom Stephens. Lutz was to remain as a special advisor for the rest of this year, however, the Detroit Bureau is reporting Lutz will stick around for an indeterminate amount of time to advise CEO Fritz Henderson. Henderson's background is on the finance side of the business, so perhaps GM wants someone else on the inside advising on future product. This will be particularly important over the next several years as GM pares down its model and brand lineup to determine what to keep and what to toss.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]


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      ZingKingX
      • 5 Years Ago
      He makes things interesting. Glad to see he's not done... yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lutz, go enjoy your retirement. Don't take a GovernMent job. You might not live much longer. Go have fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe Bob wants a government pension. Afterall, didn't he lose his old portfolio in the BK?
        • 5 Years Ago
        He like WHOPPERS?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does that mean that Maximum Bob gets a government pension now?
        • 5 Years Ago
        We ALL do in Obama-land!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Henderson's background is on the finance side of the business, so perhaps GM wants someone else on the inside advising on future product."

      Psh, yeah right. There is no "inside" with GM anymore. It's just the people in charge (i.e. the US gov't), and the people who act like they're in charge (Henderson, etc.). At least Lutz got us the Solstice/Sky before the takeover; those two would've been shot down before they got to the drawing-on-a-napkin phase if they were proposed today.

      Either way, at least we have a greater chance for more of those "crock of ****" comments. Seriously, I hope he throws out another gem when he drives that first Volt off the line. He seems like the "go out with a bang" type of guy, doesn't he?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone who creates products like CTS/CTS-V, that even BMW owners start to consider, has my respect.

      Definitely good news.

      Now find a way to save the G8...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lutz was responsible for some of the best cars in recent times from GM like CTS,Malibu,Enclave,Acadia,Solstice,Sky etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haven't you done enough damage?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cmicasa the GREAT

        Right on dude! I wish I had said that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Everyone forgot to see the real problem and picture...It's not that they make cars that people dont want, GM pretty much outsells every other manufacture next to Toyota...Now how can someone selling soo many cars still loose money??? they have huge legacy cost, their UAW workers are over paid which at the end joe schmoe down the street selling 10 cars is making more money then GM selling 200K cars a month...It has never been about the cars that GM sells, that was created by the Media Spin..GM hands down sells more cars, its just their extreme over head and legacy cost which hurts them on the profits...Now since thanks to the democratic party which is supported by the unions in this country, the only chance GM had of removing the UAW was ruled out and instead they gave them a seat in the board..how the F does that happen? Point is GM always had product to sell by the thousands even after people hating on them they still outsold everyone next to Toyota...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know. It's not like good cars came as a result of this guy. The modern GTO, Solstice, Sky, G8, 08.5+ Malibu, CTS, CTS Coupe, Camaro, Enclave, Chevy Spark, 2010 Lacrosse, 2010 Equinox, 2010 SRX.... All crap cars. Let's not forget the Cadillac Sixteen and Converj concepts. This guy stinks.

        /Sarcasm
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some people here on Autoblog are marred by so much ignorance it isn't even funny.

        Since Lutz's arrival we have see GM go from a company that produced mediocre vehicles that were reliable, and often attractive but never exuded the norm in terms of quality and performance. We have, because of Lutz's product direction, Welburn's design direction, and Andrew Farah's engineering direction, a company that hasn't once yet, in the past 3 years put out vehicle that didn't win some sort of acclaim. Corvettes are considered Ferrari beaters, Cadillacs are comparable to BMWs and Benzes, Malibus are more efficient and better styled than CamCords, Cobalts are as efficient as Civics and Corollas and SS models outperform VWs and Mazda3s. Enclaves and Tahoes are more efficient and have better ergonomics than Highlanders, Pilots, and Sequoias. Silverado/Sierras continue to eat the Tundra, Titan, and Ridgeline's BREAKFAST, LUNCH, and DINNER. And that's just for starters.

        We have the new Equinox, a stunner debuting, larger and more efficient than the smaller Rav4, CRV, and Rogue. We have the upcoming SRX which is being compared to the X5 in performance, the RX in comfort, the Q5 in quality, and the the OLD FX in looks. The Volt is coming after so many called it Vaporware. The Cruze is looking to be capable of finally doing what the durable Cavalier, and efficient, competent, but plain Cobalt failed to do: Bring respect to the Domestic Small Car effort. We have the Viva and Spark coming next year. The fantastic Lacrosse is ready to do for Buick what the CTS has done for Cadillac; make it cool again.

        I'm sorry but truth is as bad as 2009 was for GM, it may have just been the best year in it's 100+ year history. Despite Forum goers silly, trolling rants about it being "controlled" by the Government, I'm seeing a GM emergence that will dominate again. Siting the move by GM to shudder the damaged, redundant Pontiac brand and move to building more efficient cars as a tell-tale sign of President Obama's strong hand. I have news for those fools... cars like the Volt and 40+MPG Cruze were announced well before President Obama ever took the pen from Mr. Bush, and logic tells me that even the foreign made vehicles will have to augment their strategies to meet GLOBAL fuel /emission standards forthcoming.

        Some fool actually made an analogy between the Post Office and GM. Siting the Post Office as being Government owned and inefficient. I'd love to see GM operate as well. An entity capable of managing over 750K employees and billions of pieces of mail per day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps a couple of Engineers on the board would be a good thing; someone with the right to sort out the technical information and express an honest opinion and not have to account to a bean counter. I don't think you would see as many mistakes it this occurred.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen Cmicasa the GREAT, Amen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Screw you Mike...you have no clue!

        ALL HAIL BOB LUTZ!!!!

        The guy knows a good looking car when he sees one. Genius!

        ALL HAIL BOB LUTZ!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cmicasa.

        That reads like fanboy GM press release regurgitation.

        Cobalt is a POS. I don't care if they put enough motor to make it go fast, it then becomes a fast POS. In just about every comparison I read, the Cobalt barely makes "also ran" status.

        Sol/Sky: While they look pretty are a startling example of how GM misses the engineering mark with an extremely poorly designed top/trunk setup and even worse when they built the Targa top coupe version and didn't seem to consider actually storing the roof panel in the car!

        GM might finally produce some competitive mid size and larger vehicles but there is no sign they are emerging with a competitive small car. I would give GM the benefit of the doubt on the Cruze, but for me they are failing right out of the blocks by not having a hatchback. My Short list for my next car includes the Golf TDI, Mazda 3 (hatch), and maybe new Honda CR-Z. GM still hasn't shown any plan to compete here.

        All that said. I hope for the best with GM. I think the new stripped and lean GM now has no excuses, they have another chance to compete with the best. They have no legacy cost issues and debt to complain about. I would love it if they gave me a reason to test drive something in my upcoming purchase, but it doesn't even look like they will build something in my category ( compact hatch).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the biggest lol of the day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lutz the putz is just what GM doesn't need now. He and Fritzi can't even get their stories straight. See http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2009/07/16/g8-becoming-caprice-umm-nevermind/. If Cmicasa the GREAT really believes in GM, he ought to investigate their management, which has consistently and forever led the company to where it is today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz is a God send for GM.

      Bob lutz was responsible for the Chrysler LH cars in the 90s. The cars that ultimently save Chrysler before Diamler gutted them.

      If Lee Iacocca put Lutz in charge of Chrysler back in the day, I believe GM would have been the lone US automaker to face bankruptcy this past year.

      Anything good to come out of GM these last five years were influenced by Lutz!

      The Toyota Honda lovin clientell at autoblog only knows Lutz as a figure head of a failed company.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you are going to clean house then all the dust should go.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I work in this industry and I see that they needed to replace the tub, the water and the baby. They just need new blood period, no exceptions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it weren't for Bob Lutz, GM would have been dead long ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And maybe then they could be re-built by the private sector to actually be a lean, and private-sector enterprise.

        Instead of a government-union conglomerate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The investors are getting itchy trigger fingers and want in on the piece of the action already. GM won't be Government Motors very long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate to use cliches but......you know what they say about re-arranging the furniture on the Titanic.
      Anyhow....What a joke, what government: The New Improved-No different Then Anything We've Seen So Far...Except We Are Paying For It Now. The Old, The New, The Totally Meaningless: GM
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's time for him to stay gone. He's done enough damage, and bringing him back to be an advisor will just put GM( The New GM) back to what they know best, running a company into the ground. But what the hell, the taxpayer we'll just take care of us. And by the way.,Waggoner shouldn't receive a dime.
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