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If there's one thing we'll miss when Bob Lutz finally packs up and heads out to pasture, it'll be the guy's role as General Motors' resident quote machine. Take this latest gem, for example. According to BusinessWeek, Lutz has been quoted as saying, "Toyota's God-like status will never be reclaimed." He was speaking to reporters at the New York Auto Show about post-bankruptcy GM, and happened to take a swing at the company's biggest rival at the same time.
The General has made up serious ground on the heels of the Japanese automaker's recent recall woes, though both companies are expected to announce sales growth for the month of March. In the meantime, Lutz is still slated to retire from GM for good on May 1. After that, we'll have to find someone else to tell use that the Pontiac G8 will live on under the Chevrolet banner.

[Source: BusinessWeek]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Lutz was the idiot whom heavily and publically critised Toyota for investing into hybrid technology yet today not only is Toyota the symbol for such technology but just about every other car maker in the world is developing hybrids aswell.

      The funny thing is ... GM now beats it's cheast about it's advancement in the very technology it heavily critised right up until recently.

      ps. mark my words - Toyota will get back it's god-like status !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My boy Bob Lutz!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone proofread these before they are posted?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe, but will GM's God-like status ever return? I guess he's not going to wait around to see if they can turn it around and if the Volt is the savior.

      Git while the gitten's good, Bob. Only 30 days more days and you can pull the cord on your golden parachute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if he will suddenly change his mind and postpone his retirement again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lutz is a complete idiot! Firstly, Toyota never had 'God-like' status, but what they had was a reputation for building far better vehicles than the crapboxes that Nutz-Lutzs' gang churned out. That reputation is intact in spite of the malicious attempt by GM's owners to destroy it. Toyota has been hurt but they will come back strong because fundamentally they know what they are doing which is a lot more than can be said for Lutz's General Motors. Secondly, while some of the GM fanboys might miss Lutz when he goes, they should not. Lutz is a loose cannon and he has done more harm than good to GM. So Bob, just like GM cars, good riddance to bad rubbish!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They acquired God-like status in the last several years. On the one hand they were building the Prius, worshiped by the Hollyweird types and MSM types like Thomas "Detroit = Bad, Toyota = Good" Friedman, and claiming to be the greenest company on earth. Meanwhile, they were building V-8 powered Tundras and Sequoias, which the MSM conveniently ignored. At the same time, Ford was building plenty of Escape Hybrids, and getting no credit for that.

        Toyota's quality has been slipping for some time (the V-6 sludge problems, the Tundra camshafts and torque converters), but their quality problems got no attention until the current gas pedal/floormat/ECU problems, which the media finally couldn't ignore.

        I own a 15-year-old Previa, and it's been incredibly reliable, but I wouldn't buy a new Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oby, I agree. Toyota NEVER had god-like status. If Toyota is not careful though, they will never come back as strong as they used to be, but this is due to bundled pricey packages, larger more expensive cars. They have also slipped on quality a little in its quest to over take GM, but as a former Toyota owner, they are not as good as they used to be. Ford and GMs new quality (that they've claimed so many times before) will need to be proven for at least a decade to make it in the ranks of quality.

        Toyota needs to step up the game and go back to basics. People still need basic transportation, not miles of gadgets and larger cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be so sure...

      As much as I don't care for Toyota, I guarantee in 10 years they will be right back where they were before this mess
        • 4 Years Ago
        I say 6 months from now, Toyota will be back on top of things.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and GM will?
      • 4 Years Ago
      who do you think is responsible to make sure every single report is sensationalized on national TV, you don't think its a coincidence that every report before of a recall was on the television for maybe a day where this one gets dragged out and hyped up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz says, "Toyota won't get back 'God-like status'." He should know, as GM sure won't!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems Lutz is just aiming for some attention after Toyota kicked butt in March! GM wouldn't be gaining anything if not for the US bailout. If they can repay the bailout money early, and have had their own major incentives AND are closing hundreds of dealerships all across the country, including some that provided great property and sales tax benefits in our communities, and provided thoudands of jobs AT NO COST TO GM CORPORATE, then the American public has been duped!
      He needs to go now!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no reason why Holden should have lost money . A Chevy Impala SS would have been the most logical step with all the LHD and crash testing done. What a waste, a 3.6 DI with a sixspeed manual is available down under and we're stuck with the fleet Impala FWD.
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