Former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz went bicep-to-bicep with "America's ballsiest pundit," Stephen Colbert, last night – and came out ahead. Ostensibly, Lutz was on Colbert to talk about his new book, Car Guys Vs. Bean Counters, but as one might expect, the discussion veered into Mitt Romney vs. President Obama territory pretty quickly.

The actual car industry part of the discussion, though, revealed more potential good news for the Chevrolet Volt, the car that Lutz is obviously trying to make his legacy and called "a huge success." Sure, Colbert talked about what his friends over at Fox News have been saying, but Lutz responded by predicting that sales would be "about 3,000 a month from here on out." This would not only set a new record (Volt sales for March 2012 were 2,289, the highest so far) but would also put GM's plug-in car into the 36,000-a-year range. That's commendable, but still not where GM CEO Dan Akerson said last December things would be this year. Of course, Akerson's 60,000 number could have included the Opel Ampera and its Vauxhall twin. In any case, things are looking up for the Volt, and that's something Lutz is more than happy to tell Colbert or anyone else. Watch the video – including an impromptu push-up contest between the two – right now by scrolling below.

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      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz is definitely a car guy. He is the main reason we have the Camaro and the Zeta program. GM had royally screwed themselves out of several markets, and Lutz did try to recapture the spirit and bring fun cars back into GM's lineup. Unfortunately it was too little, to late and when the company puts out things like the Aztek (under their performance nameplate) then you end up with product dilution. GM is recovering and doing well, but they still have a ways to go. BTW, an 80-year-old that can do push-ups (even if he didn't go all the way to the floor) is pretty awesome.
      Talisman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz is in amazing shape 80 years old. He only looks 60ish.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lutz is a former leatherneck, no surprise here.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz kicks ass in more ways than one. Anything good rolling out GM`s doors these days can be credited to Lutz. Biggest mistake Lee Iacocca ever made was passing over Bob Lutz in favor of Bob Eaton for the chairman of Chrysler. Bob Eaton was a ex GM man. He worked at GM when management was at it`s worse. Diamler ran Chrysler into the ground Eaton had his pockets filled. Everything Lee Iacocca worked for in his later years was almost erased If Bob Lutz got a hold of Chrysler he would have kicked somebodys ass with it. I don`t know who but someone would have felt the pain.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        [blocked]
          whofan
          • 2 Years Ago
          He drove a Lamborgni to work when Chrysler owned it. He also flew a helicopter to work when He was at GM. He also worked for BMW. Got to admit the Solstice existed because of Lutz and its cool for what it is.
        TopGun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Iacocca admitted he made an error with Eaton in his book. Anyone who calls Lutz a failure by looking at a couple if products that didn't work out (like GTO) is dillusional. Everyone can't be right all the time. Sergio on 60 minutes says its always a crap shoot. Why even mighty Toyota has got pick em up trucks wrong...twice. Nissan - Titan, Sentra, Maxima. Mazda - 6 and minivans. We could go on...
      Andrew Ghobrial
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz went bicep-to-bicep with "America's ballsiest pundit," Stephen Colbert" Come on autoblog, pushups involve triceps not biceps...
      Mike Oxmall
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you want to live longer, look better, and keep your mind intact, you have to exercise and stay in shape. there is no substitute.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was lucky enough to get an advance (free and autographed!) copy of his book in January 2011 at a conference a few months before it came out officially.... It was awesome to see how much Bob is loved by the auto industry when he took the podium and gave a 30mn speech...He is an extremely witty, cunning, well-spoken man with excellent diversity in his vernacular and a mastery of turns of phrase. No joke, the man is brilliant. I devoured his book in 2 days
      ICantDrive88
      • 2 Years Ago
      The automotive industry is a worse place without him in it! Come back Bob, I don't care where to, just come back! You've got some more years in you! Heck, you're car tastes are better than anyone half your age!
      Tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bob Lutz is my hero :)
      Feurig
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not bicep-to-bicep. They are using triceps and pecs.
      Highlander
      • 2 Years Ago
      Simply Awesome!
      James Gill
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those of us in the UK who cant see the video, how many pressups did he manage? ( He says about to tuck into his chips)
        sp33dklz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James Gill
        He was on about 53 before the camera panned away. Pretty good for 80 if you ask me.
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