Tony Posawatz
, the longtime General Motors executive who became vehicle line director of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, retired from the U.S. automaker after more than a quarter-century with the company, Green Car Reports reported.

Posawatz was appointed to the position in March 2006 and was often the public face of GM's effort to develop its first production plug-in. He is reportedly stepping down to spend more time with his family.

Posawatz began working for GM in 1980, and the company put him though Dartmouth's Tuck Business School. He had worked on developing both full-size trucks and mid-size passenger vehicles for GM before moving on to the Volt. Sales for the plug-in have picked up momentum in recent months – the model tripled its June sales from a year earlier and has moved 8,817 units through the first six months of the year, which is more than GM sold all of last year.

As of late Thursday, Posawatz was still listed on the executive committee for the Electric Drive Transportation Association.

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      Bob Diamond Barclays boss has decided to retire early to spend more time with his family in a Caymen Island tax haven, he is taking a $16 million golden handshake for services rendered, l hope he gets a good return on it for his retirement, Libor rates have not been kind to investors lately. Good luck with the Zee-REVs, sorry l meant zee early retirement in Germany Anthony. Hans Demant also jumped ship at Opel, VW now knows all GMs plan for the future.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Rick, I've told you before, as a troll you are pretty second rate! We already have a champion troll in residence, and have no need of your services. Go and find a village somewhere in need of an idiot. I know it's a great sorrow to you that despite your passionate affection for Rush Limbaugh, even the guys at Fox think you're too much of a jerk to be employed on Glenn Becks radio show!
      Levine Levine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wellborn, the father of the Pontiac Aztek, should join him in retirement.
        Actionable Mango
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        @Levine Levine
        The Aztek really had only two large problems, its looks and its price. I have no doubt that if it simply looked normal and had a price that was similar to its competitors, it would have succeeded. It was GM's first modern crossover, a class that is practically on fire today. Customer satisfaction surveys were all at the top of its class. It had the ability to carry a full sheet of plywood flat on the floor, something no other small-to-midsize CUV can do. But man was it ugly and expensive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone take away his passport! I really don't want to see BMW get another of GM's best, like Frank Weber, who just happens to be running the BMW BEV/EREV effort now. "More time with his family", yeah, right. ;-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      He has been quoted as saying he intends to stay involved in the plug-in vehicle world. Thanks, Tony; without your dedication and leadership, we might not have ever have gotten such a great car!
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