• May 19, 2010
Bob Lutz is now officially into the swing of being retired. The former General Motors Vice Chairman has been living the life of leisure since the end of April, but the company he helped steer through Chapter 11 took some time to honor the living automotive legend in a number of receptions held yesterday. Lutz took the occasion to hand out a little wisdom to his fellow workers by telling them not to be afraid to be an irritant or point out deficiencies in the company, saying the philosophy worked for him throughout his career.

Lutz received a number of keepsakes during the celebration, including a set of aluminum versions of the cars he helped bring to market while at GM, including the Chevrolet Volt, Malibu and the Pontiac Solstice, as well as a small diecast engine. He spent his time signing autographs and shaking hands between speeches. Lutz also spoke to the theme of his next book – a tome that he's been working on since walking away from the automaker last month.

The text will focus mainly on the troubles that riddled GM before the meltdown and what the company can do to avoid falling into the same pitfalls in the future. His advice? Don't abandon common sense, and don't try to outthink the industry. It isn't one that requires "a huge intellect."

[Sources: Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News | Image: AP Photo/Seth Wenig/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Lutz was a good factory guy and I believe he understood that you need to build good cars to be successful. He came to the industry when the Big 3 ruled, he and was a part of their demise and now hopefully his input and hard work is part of the solution
      that will help them come back.

      In all of this I hope GM sees the need for their dealer body... For all those years when GM built really bad vehicles, those dealers hung in and made their business work
      despite bad product and all the factory problems. Then when GM goes bankrupt and in their infinite wisdom, determine their are too many dealers... Right, too many profit centers!!! Now after only a year they are rethinking this horrific decision..

      The dealer body is the life line and support system for GM and all factories.. Hopefully through all of this that message will finally be heard..

      Best of luck to Mr. Lutz and.............

      Godspeed to you too fine Sir,

      JGeary
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the few I've always admired in the auto industry, mostly for his outspoken attitude, and that he seems like a genuine car guy. Have a great retirement Bob.
      • 4 Years Ago
      his picture is about as irritating to look at, much like the Mustang K.I.T.T. Both need to be given their proper burial.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank you, Bob!

      Anything good rolling out GM`s door today is your baby.

      GM`s death sprial started long before Lutz rejoined GM in 2003.

      Wish your were 40 years younger Bob!

      Thank you, for giving us cars guys something to love again like the new Camaro.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Retirement, my ass, a guy like Lutz doesn't just fade away like that. He'll be back, I guarantee it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad to see Lutz go.

      He himself understands the role he has played - he's the guy that asks WHY. Why is this car not stylish enough? Why is it's interior not as nice as the competition? Why does it not handle better?

      I hope someone at GM steps up to fill his shoes - they need someone to question their cost-cutting efforts and challenge them to do better than 'average'. I fully believe that if Lutz wasn't there, GM's current offerings would be far, far more boring.

      Lutz, we're gonna miss you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yea, don't abandon common sense, but let's abandon the Commodore in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if he will back from retirement again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Volt hasn't been brought to market and the Solstice is dead. Probably a good guy, but GM is not back on it's own feet yet, so why is he smiling? Just how golden was his parachute?
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM is a a lot closer than you think. The Solstice may be dead but the Volt is ready for prime time and will be out in a few months. The Volt will completely change the automotive industry just like the Prius did and Lutz had a huge impact on the Volt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hit the rocker..already.
        GMbandits
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder if Bob knows how many dealers over age 65 were terminated by GM?
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