When Bob "crock of s*!t" Lutz first announced his retirement from General Motors a little over a year ago, he said he would not be around to see development of the Chevrolet Volt. Of course, he returned to the company before he ever really left (becoming vice chairman last December) and kept on strongly promoting the plug-in hybrid. Sometimes, of course, he continued his habit of saying things that attract a lot of attention, like that hybrids won't ever be that great for GM.

Well, today Maximum Bob said he will retire for real May 1 and that, with decades in the auto industry under his belt, called the Volt his "proudest achievement," according to the AP. Lutz said that GM is in good shape now, which means he can retire in peace. We expect he'll have a thing or two to say about the Volt before the car bows in November, but for now we'll take him at his word that he's really quitting.

[Source: AP]

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