Bob Lutz

Fisker's new owner teams up with Lutz on V-8 Karma

Feb. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Fisker Automotive's new owner says the Karma sports car will come roaring back with a supercharged V-8 engine -- and with the help of former GM executive Bob Lutz.... Read More »

 

Fisker's new owner teams up with Lutz on V-8 Karma

10:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Fisker Automotive's new owner says the Karma sports car will come roaring back with a supercharged V8 engine -- with the help of former General Motors executive Bob Lutz.... Read More »

 

5 YEARS LATER

The end of the Jobs Bank, a symbol of excess

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Perhaps nothing did more to damage the reputation of the UAW -- and the U.S. automakers that employed its members -- than the Jobs Bank, a program that paid excess workers to do nothing all day.... Read More »

 

Karma chameleons? Lutz company snaps up Fiskers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
A year-old vehicle conversion company backed by retired General Motors product chief Bob Lutz is soliciting Fisker dealers to take unsold cars off their hands.... Read More »

 

2013 LISTS OF 10

Quotables from notables in 2013

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Quips and jibes that caught our attention.... Read More »

 

The old GM on the new CEO

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
When former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz appeared on Frank Beckmann's radio talk show on WJR-AM in Detroit last week, he praised Mary Barra, the company's new CEO, who has been doing Lutz's old job of head of product development.... Read More »

 

CRASH FLASHBACK

On the air: Bob Lutz, Mike Jackson, and more offer perspectives on the crash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Automotive News sat down with key industry insiders and our own editors to talk about what it was like during this dark period for the automotive industry.... Read More »

 

CRASH FLASHBACK

Lutz: 'A huge missed opportunity'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
To this day, former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz feels the combination would have been a winner.... Read More »

 

Cadillac rethinks the bling thing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2013
It's no secret that former General Motors product chief Bob Lutz was a big fan of chrome. "Nothing adds perceived value to a car faster," he said at a Chevrolet event in 2009.... Read More »

 

Lutz: Corvette-powered Karmas coming in 2014

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2013
VL Automotive, a Detroit venture backed by former General Motors' vice chairman Bob Lutz, is moving ahead with plans to convert Fisker Karmas from hybrid power to Corvette power.... Read More »

 

Fisker loan heads to auction block as U.S. seeks bids

1:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2013
The Department of Energy will consider bids to purchase Fisker Automotive's government loan on Friday in what could be the start of a lengthy and expensive process to revive the dormant green-car startup.... Read More »

 

Words of wisdom -- but not from Lutz

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
Former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz was one of five people inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week in Plymouth, Mich. But the evening's lead comedic role was played by the person doing Lutz's induction, GM North America President Mark Reuss.... Read More »

 

VIDEO: Lutz contrasts his legacies after Chrysler, GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2013
DETROIT – Former General Motors product chief Bob Lutz yesterday contrasted his attempts to create an “excellence pays” culture at two of his employers.... Read More »

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

A special award to Bob Lutz

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
It's so nice that we have Bob Lutz around to psychoanalyze our industry's leaders.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Lutz admires entrepreneurs, couldn't be one

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Bob Lutz says nice things about Rick Wagoner in his new book, Icons and Idiots, but faults his former boss at General Motors for coddling "useless" executives. Lutz got sideways with a few bosses in his time and never made CEO. Should he have been an entrepreneur instead of a corporate high-flyer?... Read More »

 

Battery maker Exide files for bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Time ran out last week for Exide Technologies, the 125-year-old battery maker once led by longtime auto industry executive Bob Lutz. With its Vernon, Calif., lead-recycling plant shut down since April by California environmental regulators and unable to restructure quickly enough, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.... Read More »

 

Lutz on Wagoner: Smart, didn't make tough calls

June 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Bob Lutz and Rick Wagoner were cut from different management cloth, according to Lutz in his new book, ICONS AND IDIOTS: Straight Talk on Leadership. Lutz, as General Motors vice chairman, relied heavily on his instincts, while Wagoner, as GM CEO, was deeply data driven. The two executives didn't always see eye to eye, but they did get along.... Read More »

 

Lutz on Wagoner: Smart, didn't make tough calls

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Bob Lutz and Rick Wagoner were cut from different management cloth, according to Lutz in his new book, ICONS AND IDIOTS: Straight Talk on Leadership. Lutz, as General Motors vice chairman, relied heavily on his instincts, while Wagoner, as GM CEO, was deeply data driven. The two executives didn't always see eye to eye, but they did get along.... Read More »

 

Battery maker Exide files bankruptcy after California officials shut plant

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Exide Technologies, the 125-year-old battery maker, filed for bankruptcy after California environmental regulators shut down one of the company's lead-recycling plants.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Lutz: GM nice-guy Wagoner fell victim to bad timing, bad luck

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2013
Bob Lutz put a chapter about his old boss, Rick Wagoner, in his new book, which has the word "idiots" in the title. But Wagoner is no idiot, Lutz writes. He was just too passive, too data-focused and "too nice" to lead General Motors through the toughest period in its history.... Read More »

 

Lutz touts, then bids on, Fisker

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2013
Bob Lutz, the former product chief at General Motors, has seen a lot of four-door sedans in his 81 years. So people took note when Lutz rhapsodized about the Fisker Karma in an April 26 blog on Forbes.com.... Read More »

 

Henrik Fisker joins Hong Kong tycoon on Fisker bid, report says

May 24, 2013 16:59 CET
Henrik Fisker is working with an investor group to salvage Fisker Automotive, the plug-in hybrid automaker he co-founded nearly six years ago that is now struggling to stave off bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.... Read More »

 

Henrik Fisker joins Hong Kong tycoon on Fisker bid, report says

10:59 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2013
Henrik Fisker is working with an investor group to salvage Fisker Automotive, the plug-in hybrid automaker he co-founded nearly six years ago that is now struggling to stave off bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.... Read More »

 

Lutz's VL Automotive, Chinese supplier bid for Fisker, report says

May 22, 2013 06:01 CET
A boutique carmaker led by a former GM executive Bob Lutz and China's largest auto parts supplier submitted an offer to buy cash-strapped automaker Fisker Automotive, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Lutz's VL Automotive, Chinese supplier bid $20 million for Fisker, report says

2:02 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2013
A boutique carmaker led by a former GM executive Bob Lutz and China's largest auto parts supplier submitted an offer of $20 million to buy cash-strapped automaker Fisker Automotive, people familiar with the matter told Reuters today.... Read More »

 

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