Rick Wagoner, Carl-Peter Forster, and Bob Lutz

Bob Lutz has already retired at least once from an executive position at a car-maker when he left DaimlerChrysler following the merger. When he joined General Motors a few years back to oversee its product development, he was already well past the standard retirement age and by next year he will be 75 years old. According to Just-Auto.com, GM Europe President Carl-Peter Forster has been informed by Chairman Rick Wagoner that he will be taking over Lutz's seat on the board of directors as well as his role leading product development in 2008. You may remember Forster's comment from last October that by 2014 the Saturn and Opel brands would be completely interchangeable. Among Forster's responsibilities will be overseeing this so-far successful collaboration between Opel and Saturn. According to the article, the Opel Zafira mini-van and the Vectra Wagon will also be joining the Astra and Aura in the Saturn line-up in the coming years. Can General Motors sustain its momentum with the Car Czar at the helm? On the other hand, perhaps importing executives as well platforms from Europe is just GM needs.

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