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Old 02-09-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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Bob Lutz to Retire at end of year

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http://www.freep.com/article/2009020...+at+year+s+end
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:35 AM   #2
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Bob Lutz Anounces he's Retiring

Just a link to CNBC:

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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I don't want to see him go. He's been a good leader for a company who has recently needed it. :(
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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He's certainly served his time and done lotsa good....he really didn't need to come out of retirement and work for GM again in the first place. I'd say he deserves a rest.

But boy is GM losing someone special...:(
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:39 AM   #5
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Could that be part of the Loan Deal? Key executives retiring or quitting? In my opinion he is the one that should be in charge of GM..
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:39 AM   #6
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Oh sh*t.
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Could that be part of the Loan Deal? Key executives retiring or quitting? In my opinion he is the one that should be in charge of GM..
That was my first thought too.

How about we keep Lutz and impeach some senators instead.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:53 AM   #8
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We have Bob to thank for a lot of cool cars, and some really good quotes too:
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:56 AM   #9
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That was my first thought too.

How about we keep Lutz and impeach some senators instead.
We could elect Lutz.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:57 AM   #10
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Lutz for Senator!
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:05 AM   #11
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I wonder if he had anything to do with taking $1B from the bailout to invest in a new GM plant in Brazil???
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:28 AM   #12
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NOOOOOOO OOOOO!!!!!!!

We are losing a true automotive bad ass. He has helped GM soo much.
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GM should try and entice him by offering him Wagoner's job....
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:13 PM   #14
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Lutz has been the most positive, dynamic, influential, and respected product leader at GM since Harley Earl.

He will be sorely missed, and I hope he has groomed protogees with his thought process to succeed him.

I hope I'm wrong, but I fear the bean counters will prevail without Lutz's stern force and imposing shadow.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:26 PM   #15
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That Sux.

Mr. Lutz,

Good for you, Sir.

We absolutely hate to see you go, but you've more than earned it.

Best whishes.
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He's served well for a long, long time. The man deserves some rest. Thanks Bob for everything you've done for GM!
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:49 PM   #17
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:03 PM   #18
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Bob Lutz was a driving force for special (enthusiast) vehicles. Just a guess - If there will not be any more "special vehicles" in the pipeline, he might as well step out.

Lets hope we all get our SS Camaros and hang on to them as long as possible.



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Old 02-09-2009, 01:58 PM   #19
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I have heard Bob has hand selected his replacement who is even more a CAR Guy then he is
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Bob. We'll miss you. :(

But I'd be happy to take over your job.
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:33 PM   #21
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For the love of God I hope you're right...... anything less and it won't look good.
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Keep in mind that he will still be around as a senior product adviser (or some such title). Which I think means that he'll tell GM what they should make, while GM doesn't have any obligation to do what he wants. This could be a way to get him off payroll too without losing his advice on future products.
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By now you may have heard the news that I have given up the duties of leading General Motors global product development.
Please note that I relinquish these responsibilities secure in the knowledge that the guiding philosophy of pursuit of absolute product excellence is now firmly embedded in the organization. That unquestionable fact made a very difficult decision much easier for me.
I feel very comfortable handing over the keys to Tom Stephens, and his new role makes perfect sense given that GM is preparing to integrate its Global Powertrain Operations into the Global Product Development organization. Tom will do a great job ensuring the continued excellence of GM痴 new cars, trucks and crossovers, and he has a great team already in place to help, led by Ed Welburn, Jim Queen, John Smith and Jon Lauckner.
There has been speculation that I would stay until the debut of the Chevrolet Volt next year. When I do retire at the end of this year, the Volt program will be well on its way to launch and I値l feel the same sense of pride and accomplishment that the entire Volt team will feel when the first ones are silently rolling off the assembly line.
So I値l be around the rest of the year, helping with the transition and acting as senior advisor to Rick Wagoner, and I知 sure you値l read further updates in this space about how it痴 going. Most importantly, I remain as confident as ever in the future of General Motors and the continued excellence of its products. And you値l see even more evidence of that as the next few years unfold
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Keep in mind that he will still be around as a senior product adviser (or some such title). Which I think means that he'll tell GM what they should make, while GM doesn't have any obligation to do what he wants. This could be a way to get him off payroll too without losing his advice on future products.
Only from April 1 til the end of the year. After that he's gone gone.
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