• Apr 20th 2010 at 4:38PM
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Chris Shunk, Sam Abuelsamid, Chris Paukert and Dan Roth are joined by the car executive we all wish we could be when we grow up, General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. After an hour of peppering Bob with questions about his career, we come away better informed as to where the man stands on the industry's future, how GM will fare, his favorite concept cars, what he plans to do in his retirement, and – pivotally – how to get your wife to let you buy a MiG fighter jet. It's a hour and thirteen minutes of class lecture from Mr. Lutz. Enjoy!

Autoblog Podcast #175: Bob Lutz!

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Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman of General Motors


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I finally got around to listening to this one. I thought it was great to have someone like Mr Lutz included, but you have to learn to shut off Mr Roth's microphone....what an embarrassment. Dan...if you're not talking over everyone, you're intergalactic some pointless comment....just shut up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! I can hardly wait for PT in the morning to listen. Comments will follow.

      Now, about getting EVO's Chris Harris on for an interview . . . . . .

      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that was an awesome podcast! Always inspiring to hear from people like Lutz who have so much to share and who have accomplished so much in life! .. and earning a lot of fun toys doesn't hurt either! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Robert M.F. Lutz! Good pull guys! Can't wait to listen to it this evening.

      Please tell me that you asked how you could tell his wallet from all of the other ones....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic pull! Sync'ing to the iPod now, should get to listen to it by this weekend. Keep up the great work on the podcast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, absolutely no bitchin' on the comments. I must be dreaming...
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG that is assume I cant wait to listen to this weeks podcast
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ozz: the reason you heard typing in the background was because we try to coordinate who is going to ask which question during the cast. That way there is less dead air or talking over eachother. Also, keep in mind that we use Skype and Bob was calling in on a land line. Sure, the typing is less than ideal (it's usually muted but sometimes we forget).

      And yes, Lucas, the Starbucks thing was classic Roth. We were cracking up, but it came out of left field and we're pretty sure Lutz didn't hear it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Just finished it. I didn't think you top yourselves with the Yugo guy, but Bob Lutz did it. He was terrific. I was riveted. I was actually doing unit PT (I'm a Lt Col in the USAF) and we were all doing several miles including our 2-Star General. I can completely see Bob Lutz as Lt General Bob Lutz, but he's right, he'd never be the top guy because he has that edge that the very tippy top guys usually don't have. He's better than the tippy top guys because they have much more difficulty getting things done.

      His summary seems to be: build a great product AND have manufacturing efficiencies. You can't be competitive without both.

      I do prefer Ford products, but GM is doing some great work and I have no doubt it is because of Bob Lutz' leadership. This nation actually owes him a great debt. He was shouting from the wilderness while the Beancounters were busy destroying our economy. His cries have been heard, and the cost of ignoring him is being lived out by folks who can't get a job. That's a shame, but at least he was able to prove he was absolutely right.

      Great questions guys too. Very insightful. Pumped up for a day of serving our country and getting stuff done!!! Bob Lutz is my General for today!!!

        • 5 Years Ago

        I was actually married at Selfridge. My folks live in West Michigan. I live in Colorado now. I'll be sure to let you know if I'm home. I'm sure I could get you on base and a cool tour.


        • 5 Years Ago
        Dan M: Lt Col?! Awesome! Make all your troops subscribe to the podcast:-) Let me know if you're ever at Selfrige air base in MI. I live 10 miles away. I'd love to do a photo shoot there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Imagine my initial excitement that you guys had managed to pull in Bob Lutz for an episode... Started listening and was completely enthralled by his comments and the sincere admission of the failings of GM.

      Alas about 10 minutes into his talk, one of the guys keeps there mic open and the audio is then completely distracted by typing in the background, let alone how much a coffee is these days!

      I would like to think that this is because they are keeping notes, but i suspect that they had simply switched off.

      Poor form guys - your much better than that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right, but whether they've done 1 podcast, 175, or 10,000, if the mechanism doesn't change you can't expect the quality to rise with much significance.

        My point in comparing it to a radio show is that a radio show has professional equipment (not VoIP, etc.) and employs a board op to mix mics, cuts mics, etc.

        Anyone can forget to close a mic from time to time, you can't rid the recording mistakes completely.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't see why you can't listen to Bob pontificate and type simultaneously.

        Open mic is a bit annoying and amateur, but it's a Podcast not a radio show. I have yet to hear many 'casts that are well produced.


        PS, How much *does* coffee cost?

        PPS, Challenging Bob's examples by questioning Starbucks quality = classically Dan.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I believe your missing my point a little... I'm not saying its not impossible, heck i do others things when my wife talks to me all the time - of course i tend to not hear what she is saying half the time too... and that is my point.

        As for not a radio show - true, but when you do something 175 times are you still classified as a rookie?

        And for the record the price of a decent non-starbucks coffee in Australia is about $4.20.

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