Any time Bob Lutz gets hired on for a gig putting pen to paper, we're for it. Case in hilarious point is this book review Lutz has penned for the readers of Forbes, wherein Maximum Bob gives good quote after good quote about Ed Whitacre's American Turnaround. Whitacre's book, you'll remember, focuses on the former General Motors CEO's time dealing with the aftermath of the automaker's bankruptcy.

Lutz doesn't take long to call out as fallacy the notion that Whitacre had a lot to do with the turnaround. From the title of his editorial (How Ed Whitacre Saved GM In Just 10 Months, And Other Fables) onward, Lutz jabs at the notion of Whitacre' effectiveness. In one passage he characterizes the CEO's tenure as being filled with, "... wandering around uncovering employees who were insufficiently entrepreneurial, cautious or didn't have enough 'can-do' spirit."

But, if there's a paragraph that succinctly summarizes Lutz's 'respect' for Whitacre and his time as CEO, it's got to be this gem:

Ed's most notable contribution to design was a comment I recall at a Cadillac styling session. Professing to know nothing about cars (true), he nevertheless opined that Cadillacs had the look of "old-fashioned Choo-choo trains".

We digested that opaque bit of input and elected to stay with what we had.


Good stuff, Bob, we miss you man. Click through here to read the rest of Lutz's short, funny summary.


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      edward
      • 1 Year Ago
      i worked 21 year for GM and they canceled my health insurance. way to go GM. I now drive a Ford
      simpljb
      • 1 Year Ago
      and the moralof the story is : Lutz is a Putz
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      My favorite part: "Ed Whitacre is a good leader and he made an incremental improvement to the organization. But to suggest that he is the architect of GM’s current success is a bit like crediting the rooster with making the sun come up." LMAO.
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        @Andy Smith
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      wrestleprocbt
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesn't really matter to me who is heading up the company. We all know Gov't Motors owes America big time and is basically laughing in our faces and not paying the money back yet lining the pockets of the union thugs who kept the check writer in the whitehouse. GM had some cool cars with Pontiac. They destroyed SAAB. They now have so many Chevy's that look alike I can't tell them apart. I even saw another Chevy I had never heard of the other day in the parking lot at the mall. Looked like a Saturn Vue with Chevy badging. I thought it was an Equinox looking thing but sure enough it was something else. Sad to pay that money for a new car and have no distinction from any of the other models Chevy has. GM had that issue with all the sedans in the early 90's. Remember the Lincoln commercial with all the GM look a likes in the background. Now they are just doing it within the brands. 4 Buick sedans that all look a like? Enclave is the only thing that looks good and you can recognize as what it is. Pay our money back GM and maybe many of us won't hate you so bad.
        ualfriend
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        what bunch of bs
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        wrestleprobt, maybe you could turn off the Fox noise for a minute, and get your facts straight. GM already paid back the government what they owed. Any outstanding money right now, is due to the stock price. Maybe if the conservative goofballs (like you?) would quit ridiculing GM/Volt/etc., maybe we(the Government), could sell off the shares we own at a profit. Try to speak factually if your going to post a comment. Nobody wants to listen to your regurgitated FoxNoise garbage.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @richard
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        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agreed. Bob Lutz is nothing but a loud mouthed blowhard.
          dukeisduke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          He's right, though, that the great GM products were already in the pipeline. The big thing that turned GM around was the bankruptcy, that wiped the financial slate clean, and allowed them to shed plenty of debt and liabilities. The bad thing is that the secured creditors and the bondholders (like people's pension and retirement funds) got screwed in the deal.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        Let me guess whom we should trust to tells us the truth? Laser?
        Josh
        • 1 Year Ago
        Eh, don't know if I would shift all blame to im but he is definitely a blowhard. There's a difference between being a car guy with opinions than a businessperson with a penchant for car sales. I would put Lutz in the former. Who knows if he would have sold out to Daimler had Iaccoca made him Pentastar chairman, but in hindsight I don't doubt there is a number that would have worked though.
      moebinkay@mac.com
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bob if Ed comes back to GM you would be shitting your pants. I dare you to say that to him when he was GM CEO
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @moebinkay@mac.com
        Um, Bob doesn't work for GM anymore either. And he is certainly not one who holds back his opinions.
      cruising7388
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bob Lutz is the father of the Chevy Volt.which has turned out to be something less than a marketing triumph.
        simpljb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cruising7388
        While at General Motors, Lutz championed the import of the Holden Monaro to the United States as the Pontiac GTO. Other cars such as the Cadillac Sixteen Concept; Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice; Pontiac G8; Chevrolet Malibu; Cadillac CTS; Buick Enclave; Cadillac Converj Concept; Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept; Chevrolet Camaro; Chevy Beat, Groove and Trax Concept Studies; and 2010 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Equinox, and Cadillac SRX are said to be Lutz initiatives. Lutz has also emphasized a need to produce fuel efficient vehicles, backing the 2010 Chevrolet Volt[9] which is estimated to gain up to 100 mpg.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cruising7388
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          prlvate
          • 1 Year Ago
          Know, yoiu have the wrong Ben. It was Bernanke.
      prlvate
      • 1 Year Ago
      If he thought that Ed Whitacre was clueless, I wonder what he thought of the union goons and thugs who ruined the auto industry ?
      Gabbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor Bob Lutz - doesn\'t he know that the truth doesn\'t play well in DC ?? They\'d rather make up their OWN version - \"the OWEbama version\" !
        simpljb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gabbo
        if in fact anything Lutz said was true - Lutz was the one that ran GM into the ground
      carney373
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/291950/conspiracy-restraint-trade-robert-zubrin "When GM went bankrupt, the president appointed Wall Street insider Steven Rattner as his auto czar, charged with reorganizing America’s leading automaker. However, instead of forcing GM to implement flex-fuel capability across the board, Rattner fired GM CEO Rick Wagoner, who was making tentative moves in that direction, and replaced him with Ed Whitacre, a director of Exxon. Subsequently, Rattner moved Whitacre up to be GM’s chairman of the board, giving the CEO position to Dan Akerson, a managing director of the Carlyle Group, a Saudi-funded business partnership. Under this new “friends of OPEC” management, Wagoner’s earlier commitment to have half of all GM cars be flex fuel by 2012 was, not surprisingly, shelved."
      adika3z
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM / GMC automakers are not good vehicles, why send to china make GM / GMC automakers for america, what is wrong with america
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